J.S. Bach

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Virgil Fox: Heavy Organ at Carnegie Hall

Main Performer
or Conductor:
Virgil Fox
Individual Works:We All Believe in One God, BWV 680
Rejoice, Beloved Christians, BWV 734
Finale from "St. Matthew Passion"
Prelude and Fugue in E Minor, "The Wedge," BWV 548
Toccata and Fugue in D Minor, BWV 565
Passacaglia and Fugue in C Minor, BWV 582
Fugue in G Major, "Gigue," BWV 577
The First Nowell
It Came Upon a Midnight Clear
Format:Compact Disc
Record Label:BMG Classics
Catalog Number:09026-68816-2
Year Released/Recorded:December 20, 1973 (live recording)
Total Playing Time:64:13
Comments:Matt Rhodes said:

Virgil Fox was never a fan of the musical purists, those who would "put the music of Bach in some glass case next to the comb of some dead Egyptian queen." Those of you who fall into this category should avoid this recording. However, those who thrill to the sound of a master organist, a superlative musician, and a supreme wit should grab this up! One of the famous "Heavy Organ" concerts that Virgil did throughout the 1970s, this recording demonstrates him at his best: the virtuoso performance, the humor, the devotion to God, and the uncanny ability to have the crowd do everything from sing along with Christmas carols to clap along with a Bach fugue. It rates as one of the finest recordings in my collection, and gives a live glimpse of perhaps the 20th century's greatest organist at the top of his form.

Acknowledgements:Thank you to the following for submitting this recording and for your comments:
  • Matt Rhodes
Date First Submitted:05/04/1998