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On Top of Bach

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Westminster WGS 8148

Year
1963

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By: Orbiter on Jul, 03 2013

I like the play of Virgil Fox, but this copy of the recording unfortunately has a very awful quality, which reduces the joy of listening very much.

By: Chris on Feb, 17 2016

The audio quality is quite scratchy... I used to own a copy of On Top of Bach on cassette, audio quality was not near as bad. Is this file from a vinyl recording?

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JS Bach Toccata in F (BWV 540) View sheetmusic
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Riverside Church
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Aeolian-Skinner 1964 V/204
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Trio Sonata VI in G (BWV 530) View sheetmusic
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Prelude and Fugue in D (BWV 532) View sheetmusic
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By: Brian on Dec, 09 2011

Utterly insane speed. What's the point of banging it out like this?

By: jfk1961 on Mar, 02 2012

WOW! You cannot even type in a comment fast enough before the page refreshes itself! I agree with Brian... this tempo would be appropriate if Bugs Bunny was the organist. Why do so many worship Virgil Fox when he was a hack at best???

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Passacaglia and Fugue in C minor (BWV 582) View sheetmusic
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By: Brian on Jun, 19 2014

Over-worked and sentimental; the triumph of flashiness over stately progression. The "Liberace of the organ loft", indeed.

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Rejoice, Beloved Christians (BWV 734) View sheetmusic
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1:46

Symphony Hall
Boston, Massachusetts, USA - map
Aeolian-Skinner/Foley-Baker 1950 IV/80
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Fantasy and Fugue in C minor (BWV 537) View sheetmusic
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Riverside Church
New York City, New York, USA - map
Aeolian-Skinner 1964 V/204
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By: Brian on Mar, 28 2012

A dull, dull, dull fantasy - I almost dozed off. Redeemed partially by the fugue which was, by Fox's general camp and florid style, actually not too bad - although there are some awful hooting reeds and it started to get too fast as it progressed.

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