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I love classical
music, and baroque music in particular, especially works
by J. S. Bach and
G. F. Handel. I'm a
of classical organ music,
and regularly attempt to play it (in the privacy of my
own home, of course). I also love great jazz,
McPartland, and jazz piano in general. Someday I
would like to own a
Steinway model D, or a Mason & Hamlin
The Virgil Fox Legacy is one of my favorite sites on the web.
The brain child of Richard
Torrence, Virgil Fox's
personal representative and concert
manager, it is a worthy tribute to Virgil Fox, perhaps
the greatest organist of all time. My first exposure to
Fox came when I was about
16 years old, a year or so after beginning my study of
the organ. I purchased Fox's LP "Bach Live At Fillmore
East Virgil Fox Heavy Organ".
This was when I became excited about the possibilities
of Bach's music being played on electronic organs. Fox
managed to get me excited
about Bach, classical music, and classical music played
on electronic organs with that recording.
One could not listen to the excitement in Virgil's
voice, as he extolled the greatness of Bach before an
audience of thousands,
without becoming excited as well. This, I think, was one
of Foxs' greatest talents . . . the ability to
successfully introduce the classical organ
and Bach to the general public.
The Virgil Fox Legacy contains a great wealth of information
related to the life and art of Virgil Fox.
I was amazed to find digitized audio and video files
that I had no idea existed. The Virgil Fox Legacy
is a genuine informational site.
There is REAL content there. If you're a student of
music (read classical), a Bach aficionado, a fan of the
organ, or just want to know
how to design an elegant, yet informative web site, by
all means check out The Virgil Fox Legacy.
J.S. Bach page is another one of my favorite
sites, lots of great Bach and Baroque information, as
well as links
to many other wonderful Bach - Baroque related sites.
About a year or so ago , Sony Classical
released two compact disk by Murray Perahia
performing Bachs' keyboard concerti.
These are both outstanding recordings of superb
performances. Perahia brings a new perspective to J.S.
Bach's keyboard concerti. In
my opinion, these two recordings are the finest
performances of Bachs' keyboard concerti to date. Not
like Gould, Perahias
performances are wonderfully nuanced and full of warmth.
I loved Perahias' performances of the Goldberg
released by Sony Classical as well, but Rosalyn Turecks'
performances of BWV 988, (Duetsche Grammophon,
2 CDs 459 599-2)
are simply spectacular. Listening to these recordings is
about as close to transcendental as one can get.
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Speaking of recordings, Jim Stemke, my dear friend and
recording engineer extraordinaire, has recorded a number
wonderful CDs currently published by Gothic Records.
Jim utilizes the latest in 24 bit recording technology
some of the very finest organ recordings in existance.
His recordings of Grand Court Organist Peter Richard
playing the Wanamaker Grand Court pipe organ are
sonically spectacular records of Contes' superb
you're an organ enthusiast or audiophile, you need to
have these recordings in your collection:
Richard Conte at the Wanamaker Grand Cour Organ
in the Grand Court
Sikkema , another good friend of mine, resides in
Sweden and is a noted recording engineer as well. You
can read my review
of his recording of Hans Davidsson performing the Complete
Complete Organ Works of Matthias Weckman
The benefits of Sikkemas' recording technique, which he
calls "ULSI" are stunningly obvious in
this recording. His technique allows one to enjoy the
sonic attributes of the fine North
German Baroque organ within the acoustic environment. Upon
listening to this recording, one is
certain that the physical placement of individual organ
pipes can be determined. Also
available from Gothic Records,
I highly recommend this recording.
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