Emerging from the ruined Germany of World War II, the Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra was one of the pioneers of both the post-war chamber orchestra movement and the trend to de-romanticizing the music of Baroque masters in an effort to achieve "authentic" performances. It was founded by Karl M√ľnchinger in 1945 and soon made a reputation for its new style of performances of the music of Johann Sebastian Bach. In 1949 the Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra became the first German ensemble to appear in Paris since the end of the War, to a triumphantly warm reception. This led to recording contracts and to invitations to appear in leading cities of the world and at major festivals, including the Salzburg, Prague Spring, and Colmar festivals. The recordings of Bach's music under M√ľnchinger's direction were highly acclaimed and helped initiate the ...
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