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good organ recording, nicely transferred, same old organ music. there needs to be many more organ recordings that are not the usual organ fare.
Many of the works on this recording are old favorites and Virgil Fox has alway done a great job - in my non-expert opinion. On that basis this would be a great recording. Where I was a bit disappointed was in the sonic quality. Specifically when there is a lot going on. I am a great fan of the recordings made by Everest using 35mm magnetic film. An approach used by Command Classics in this recording. Mercury Presence also has done some 35mm magnetic film recording that in my view are close to the Everest recordings. Given all that, this recording was just not up to the same level of clarity, depth of sound stage, and detail that I have come to expect from this type of recording.
I've kept an off-center pressing of the original Command LP for decades, just to hold onto Fox's Trio in G, a model of how to turn a heavy-breathing monster into a rhythmically upturned dance. Only with the CD do I realize how heavy and oppressive Fox's registrations are--trumpets and winds just blast away in most of the selections. I was surprised too by how dry the recording is--practically no resonance . . . in an old church? But the Trio, ah! I just listened to it 3 times in the car! It's like jazz, like bopping. And wait till you hear him play a fugue on the pedals at 60 mph!
Title: Virgil Fox At the Organ Plays Johann Sebastian Bach
Artist(s): Organ - Virgil Fox
Recording Info: Recorded 1963 by Command Classics on 35 mm magnetic film
at The Riverside Church, New York City
Producer - Enoch Light Engineer - Robert Fine
1 Prelude And Fugue In D, S.532 9:33
2 Trio Sonata VI In G, S.530 10:47
3 Fantasy And Fugue In C minor, S.537 9:41
4 All Men Are Mortal, S.643 3:44
5 Toccata In F, S.540 6:16