Pare sia un miscuglio di registrazioni di provenienza Telefunken e Archiv realizzate a cavallo tra gli anni 50 e 60 (le più vecchie, quindi, di Richter). Su Amazon si trova questo commento:
This set contains some rare Richter recordings from Telefunken, with some long-popular and easily obtained recordings from DG's Archiv division. Of the 31 discs, about half of these are available in the recent Archiv box sets. The repeats include the classic St. Matthew Passion (1958), Christmas Oratorio, B-minor Mass (1961), Magnificat and an excellent assortment of cantatas. There are recordings of Schutz, Mozart, Haydn and Handel that I have not seen in any other collection. The Brandenburg concerti are from 1958, and are slower than the versions he recorded later. These are not found in the Archiv sets. I found that I liked some of these more than the later versions even though they are much more "old school" and less HIP. I think Richter's style seems more suited to slow tempos. The faster HIP recordings need a much lighter touch, especially the string technique, and Richter never went that far into HIP to make it really work. If you are new to Richter, this set offers some of his best work. If you are a Richter fan, the set is inexpensive enough to justify filling out your collection even if half are repeats. So why 4 stars? The set is not without flaws. The disks come in thin paper sleeves with no information on them. The booklet doesn't list all the relevant information on recordings. Most of the tracks do not include recording dates and there is not production information. There is no easy way to tell which recordings were from Telefunken (now Teldec) and which were from Archiv or other sources. The B-Minor Mass does not even list the names of the vocalists. Some of the recordings do not hold up well even if you are a fan of "old school". I doubt I'll listen to the Mozart Requiem more than once. And don't expect perfect sound. These recordings are about 50-60 years old, and some of them sound it. There are even some noticeable and annoying recording flaws (tape flutter) in one of the organ recordings.