Karl Straube Cantatas

Download Karl Straube BWV 67, 70, 75, 76

I’m including Karl Straube because I think his interpretations are hilarious. Don’t get me wrong; they’re just great, but c’mon, right?

As far as I can tell there’s only one commercial release of recordings done by Straube (1873-1950), in spite of the nearly full cycle of cantatas he recorded for radio. Straube was the Thomaskantor succeeding Gustav Schreck (if anyone is familiar with recordings done by Schreck, please let me know) from 1918 to 1940, and was himself succeeded by Gunther Ramin. The latter three recordings on this disc are only partial cantatas, but thankfully all of BWV 67 (my personal favorite) is included. Sadly, much noise obscures the odd sonorities and odder interpretational decisions, which include massive tempo fluctuations and the use of a bass choir in “Friede sei mit Euch.”

Straube taught Karl Richter organ, and for that we owe him a great debt.

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