Friday, November 16, 2007

Bach Toccata and Fugues, and Preludes and Fugues

  • (Listen)Piece: Prelude and Fugue in D Major, BWV563
    Recording: The
    Dedication Recital, First Presbyterian Church, La Grange, Georgia

    Organist: John Weaver
    Organ: Wicks Opus 6363, First Presbyterian Church, La Grange, Georgia
    This is the piece in the aforementioned video, in its entirety (both videos showed only the fugue)

  • (Listen)Piece: Toccata and Fugue in d (yep, the famous one)
    Recording: (1975) The Virgil Fox Bach Book
    Organist: Virgil Fox
    Organ: Aeolian-Skinner Organ Opus 1118, The Riverside Church, New York City
    This is a very symphonic and dramatic interpretation. Very cool, though not very baroque.

  • (Watch) Here's a more baroque approach of the above, from youtube.
    There is a higher quality version of this video for free download at Organs and Organists Online. You have to login but an account is free and instant to get. Once logged in, go to "download center", then "online video", then "Toccata & Fugue in d minor, BWV 565", then "Download Video". It streams in low quality meanwhile.

  • (Watch) Fugue in G Minor, played by Ton Koopman on a Silbermann organ built in the early 1700's. Yep, Bach was alive then! Bach was also a personal friend of Herr Silbermann. See if you can imitate Ton's head movements! :-P I tried, but failed. :-)

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