Fritz Werner recorded numerous works of Johann Sebastian Bach, his passions, oratorios, motets and especially more than 50 of his cantatas.
Vocal soloists included Agnes Giebel, Edith Selig, Claudia Hellmann, Barbara Scherler, Hertha Töpper, Theo Altmeyer, Kurt Huber, Helmut Krebs, Jakob Stämpfli, Barry McDaniel, Bruce Abel and Franz Kelch.
Instrumental soloists Maurice André (trumpet), Hermann Baumann (horn), Marie-Claire Alain (organ) and György Terebesi (violin).
Orchestras for the recordings have included the Pforzheim Chamber Orchestra, the Württembergisches Kammerorchester Heilbronn and the Südwestfunk Orchester.
Werner's Bach recordings were compared to those of his contemporary Karl Richter. A reviewer (Musicweb in 2005) wrote about his cantata recordings: "... this wise, discerning and humane Bach conductor has much to teach us, even (perhaps especially) in an age when we are so used to performances of Bach in period style and by small or smallish forces. But the other thing that listening to all these performances has reinforced for me is how endlessly inventive, how eloquent and how moving is the music of Bach. I suspect that Fritz Werner would regard that as the best possible testament to his work."
The same reviewer stated about a recording of the St Matthew Passion with Helmut Krebs as the Evangelist: "Werner's pacing of the whole work and his vision of it is compelling. The drama moves inexorably forward and the entire story is most movingly related."
Sopranos: Maria Friesenhausen, Agnes Giebel, Hedy Graf, Emiko Iiyama, Ingeborg Reichelt, Friederike Sailer, Edith Selig
Altos: Claudia Hellmann, Marga Höffgen, Emmy Lisken, Barbara Scherler, Hertha Töpper
Tenors: Theo Altmeyer, Kurt Huber, Georg Jelden, Helmut Krebs, Friedreich Melzer
Basses: Bruce Abel, Franz Kelch, Barry McDaniel, Jakob Stämpfli, Erich Wenk
Heinrich-Schütz-Chor Heilbronn · Südwestdeutsches Kammerorchester Pforzheim Württembergisches Kammerorchester Heilbronn · Großes Orchester des Südwestfunks