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Virgil Fox - Command Performances

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OrganArts B0004135-02

Year
1965

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By: Brian on Feb, 08 2012

Horrible. Mind-numbingly glitzy and tasteless "bang-em-out" playing.

By: terrydeal on Feb, 17 2012

Too shrill and harsh. Uncharacterisic of Virgil Fox.

By: stlorganist on Apr, 07 2016

A master regardless of the rantings of other posters. This man did more for the art than anyone else of his time. I will agree though by todays standards the instrument leaves much to be desired,but for its time it was state of the art.

By: MusicDonor2014 on Nov, 01 2016

A carrot is always the state of the art . . . timeless. Not so with a box of tubes or whatever this toaster had inside of it.

By: Tromba on Feb, 09 2017

Keep in mind the recording equipment quality and sophistication available when they recorded this. I'm sure the instrument sounded good in person.

By: TrichterRegal on Apr, 06 2017

According to the LP, there is NOT "a box of tubes" nor a "toaster" involved! However, there are four PIPE organs listed. All Aeolian-Skinners!

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JS Bach Passacaglia and Fugue in C minor (BWV 582) Purchase MP3 View sheetmusic
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Lincoln Center For the Performing Arts
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Aeolian-Skinner 1960 IV/98
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By: Brian on Mar, 21 2012

Virgil Fox tries for "serious", gets "camp".

Olivier Messiaen Dieu Parmi Nous from La Nativite du Seigneur Purchase MP3 Purchase sheetmusic 6:36
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By: Subharmonic on Feb, 09 2017

What a surprising good record.

César Franck Grande Pièce Symphonique Purchase MP3 View sheetmusic
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By: enchamade on Aug, 26 2013

In listening to the entire piece,there are moments of sublime beauty.Unfortunately,the mood is rudely ended when the "bang-em-out" playing resumes.

By: gemshorn on Nov, 10 2014

I fully agree, though I'm inclined to think that the "bang-em-out" is rather due to the dry acoustic and/or somewhat harsh reeds of the organ and not to the playing.

By: cavalorg on Mar, 31 2015

Where there is some embarrassment, there is no pleasure! Brave Virgil, we forgive him; peace in his soul!

Eugène Gigout Toccata View sheetmusic
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Symphony Hall
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Aeolian-Skinner/Foley-Baker 1950 IV/80
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By: Tromba on Apr, 04 2016

You know, with Virgil Fox, if fast is good, faster is better...

JS Bach Prelude and Fugue in D (BWV 532) Purchase MP3 View sheetmusic
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Riverside Church
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Aeolian-Skinner 1964 V/204
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By: Jaqbiec on Jun, 15 2012

Such a "WonderWorks" of this guy should be banned from this player! Waste of time...

By: MusicDonor2014 on Nov, 01 2016

There is nothing wrong with THIS PLAYER (Organ Live), or did you mean BACH should banned from FOX? There are two ways to read your confusing sentence. We are very fortunate to have ORGAN LIVE. That's MY opinion and I'm sticking with it.

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Fantasy and Fugue in C minor (BWV 537) Purchase MP3 View sheetmusic
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All Men Are Mortal (BWV 643) View sheetmusic
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By: TrichterRegal on Apr, 06 2017

Beautiful and touching because it appropriately reflects the text of the chorale much better than over versions that play it too fast and too loud!

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Toccata In F (BWV 540) Purchase MP3 View sheetmusic
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By: Jaqbiec on Jan, 31 2012

... but what for?

By: bill steward on Feb, 05 2012

because he can, and it works.

By: Brian on Feb, 08 2012

Well, let's just play it as fast as we possibly can, shall we? Then we can all get home early without bothering ourselves by appreciating Bach's genius. This is horrible. A travesty.

By: Jaqbiec on Jul, 04 2012

no, it sucks!

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Trio Sonata VI in G (BWV 530) Purchase MP3 View sheetmusic
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By: cavalorg on Jan, 21 2016

How is it possible to have so much talent and so not much taste?

By: jfk1961 on Sep, 12 2016

Oh gosh... leave poor Virgil along. He brought organ music to that masses, be it capes, light shows, and organ shoes that light up! However, he made organ music fun and accessible to the general public!

WA Mozart Fantasy in F minor (K 608) View sheetmusic
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Symphony Hall
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By: enchamade on Jan, 27 2012

Wow,Virgil really comes alive at the end of this!

César Franck Final in B-flat Purchase MP3 View sheetmusic
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Felix Mendelssohn Sonata no. 1 in F minor - I. Allegro moderato e serioso Purchase MP3 View sheetmusic
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By: Piccolo on Aug, 14 2016

A little bit too fast: It's 'Allegro MODERATO SERIOSO'. With this speed from Fox the 'Serioso-Character' is gone ...

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Sonata no. 1 in F minor - II. Adagio Purchase MP3 View sheetmusic
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Sonata no. 1 in F minor - III. Andante recitando and IV. Allegro assai vivace Purchase MP3 View sheetmusic
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JS Bach Prelude and Fugue in E minor (BWV 548) Purchase MP3 View sheetmusic
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By: MusicDonor2014 on Aug, 26 2015

Nothing about the chooser, or the Artist; this piece by Bach has always reminded me of a trip to hell, wedge or no wedge. It seems to have no redeeming qualities to it at all. Sorry, Johann!

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Rejoice Beloved Christians (BWV 734) Purchase MP3 View sheetmusic
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By: Brian on Feb, 15 2012

All the appeal of a cheap door chime.

Max Reger How Brightly Shines the Morning Star Purchase MP3 View sheetmusic
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