Mein rasend Herz is the fifth studio album by the German band In Extremo. It was released on May 30, 2005 through Universal Records. The limited-edition disc also features the German version of "Liam".
As one of the most legendary champions of Bach Karl Richter's many (and in some instances multiple) recordings of the composers Cantata's arguably is his greatest achievement. Richter enlisted many of the finest vocalists in their prime during the 1950's through the early 70's for these recordings elevating the neglected form at the time to the level of Grand Opera. His conducting, especially for his day as well remains remarkably animated and fluent yet always respectful of Bach's underlying powerful architectural components. These recordings set the standard and for many today remain the benchmark performances by which all new ones continue to be judged.
When the cantor Johann Sebastian Bach performed sacred cantatas in Leipzig on Sundays and public holidays, his colleagues did the same in many other places in Lutheran Germany. Among them was Christoph Graupner, the court conductor of Hesse-Darmstadt. In 1709, the music-loving Landgraf Ernst Ludwig from Darmstadt had discovered him as a harpsichordist at the Hamburg Opera in 1709 and had hired him on the spot.
The German Baroque cantata is not music I am typically attracted to, even from the pen of its greatest exponent, J. S. Bach. Thus, when the editor sent this recording to me, I wondered if he were trying to expand my horizons or perhaps had made a mistake. But I decided to listen before deciding whether I would attempt to review it or return it for reassignment.
This impressive and extensive release, part of Profils Karl Richter Edition, presents Johann Sebastian Bachs Magnificat, as well as several of his Cantatas. In addition to Richters brilliant interpretations, the prominence of the soloists in these recordings is also outstanding, as well as the quality of the Munchener Bach Orchester. Initially, the ensemble bore the name ""Solistengemeinschaft der Bachwoche Ansbach"" and served as a home orchestra of Bach Week, which has been present in the Middle Franconian residence since 1948…