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Heavy Organ at Carnegie Hall

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RCA

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1973

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JS Bach We All Believe in One God, (BWV 680) Purchase MP3 View sheetmusic
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By: Brian on Apr, 04 2012

An astonishingly bad performance by any standards with a horrible mess of a registration. It's shocking that this has been preserved at all as a recording.

By: Jaqbiec on Aug, 15 2012

... like all his performances.

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Rejoice Beloved Christians, (BWV 734) with commentary Purchase MP3 View sheetmusic
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Finale From St. Matthew Passion with commentary Purchase MP3 6:27 track Rating:
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Prelude and Fugue in E minor - Wedge (BWV 548), with commentary Purchase MP3 View sheetmusic
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Toccata and Fugue in D minor, (BWV 565) Purchase MP3 View sheetmusic
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By: Brian on May, 02 2012

Ye gods... What an appalling mess.

By: zerman on Sep, 03 2016

Amen

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Passacaglia and Fugue in C minor, (BWV 582) with commentary Purchase MP3 View sheetmusic
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By: satanbane on Jun, 13 2012

Wow, don't think I've heard the Passacaglia done with so many contrasting tone colours & styles before: makes it sound more like a collection of variations, than a single piece. Is that his electronic organ he's using there? Not bad for 1973, but a few of the stops sound plainly artificial.

By: annabelle190 on Feb, 18 2015

this was his Rodgers "Black Beauty" touring organ and yes some of the voices are dreadful - thank you for not criticizing and appeciating for what it is.

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Fugue in G major - Gigue (BWV 577), with commentary Purchase MP3 View sheetmusic
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By: Brian on Jan, 25 2012

Oh, puleeze... Not more clap-along-a-Bach. What drivel.

By: Jaqbiec on Jan, 25 2012

Virgil Fox's flying circus...

By: jsb1685 on Mar, 05 2012

Just dreadful....PLEASE delete this from your catalogue!

By: organlistener on May, 02 2012

Well really ... why not clap for and to organ music ... but this is just too much.

By: stlorganist on Sep, 19 2012

artistry, dexterity and showmanship. most people did not go to hear Virgil Fox perform because he was a classical organist.. they went for the show. different tastes for different palates. to dengrate someone for success is just crude jeolosy and an over inflated sense of self.

By: ragbin on May, 06 2014

Agree with stlorganist's main comments, while deprecating the personal attack at the end. A rousing performance like this would be great for introducing young (and older) people to the organ - and to Bach

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