The Bach Gamut
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Live in San Francisco 1976
It was serendipity, indeed. In September, 1976, America’s most renowned organist, Virgil Fox, was to play a series of concerts at St. Mary’s Cathedral in San Francisco. RR’s own ‘Prof.’ Keith Johnson was invited to record everything, and he did, using his legendary hand-built three-channel analogue tape machine. Now, after years of complex negotiations, RR is releasing highlights from these concerts, featuring the mighty music of Johann Sebastian Bach.
Virgil Fox was always controversial. Like Vladimir Horowitz, Fox always gave highly personal interpretations of everything he played, and purists frequently railed at the liberties he took. But unlike many musicians found on organ benches, Fox was never dull. Invariably, he made one hear the music in a new way, and audiences roared their approval as you’ll hear at these live performances.
On This Recording
Fantasia & Fugue in G Minor, BWV 542
- Fugue (Reprise)
- Was mir behagt, ist nur die muntre Jagd, BWV 208 "Hunt Cantata" Toccata, Adagio & Fugue in C Major, BWV 564
- St. Matthew Passion, BWV 244: Finale Prelude & Fugue in A Minor, BWV 543
- Orchestral Suite No. 3 in D Major, BWV 1068: II. Air (On a G String) Prelude & Fugue in D Major, BWV 532
- Das Orgelbüchlein: Ich ruf' zu dir, Herr Jesu Christ, BWV 639
“no one can take away from Fox his virtuosity or his showmanship. Nor can anyone take away from this recording its astonishing presence and stunning sound. For an organ spectacular to impress friends and alienate neighbors, recommended.” —Jerry Dubins, Fanfare