Virgil Fox: The Centenary #1218
…a tribute to the memory of one of the most popular, and controversial, organists of all time, who believed in the cause of beauty above history, and above the limitations of any instrument.
BACH: Toccata & Fugue in d, BWV 565 –Virgil Fox
Toccata, (Rogers electronic/Wintergarden Theatre, San Francisco) MCA 9827
Fugue, (1871 Henry Willis; 1924; 1933 Harrison & Harrison; 2004 Mander/Royal Albert Hall, London, England, UK) RCA 7736
JOSEPH JONGEN: Toccata, from Symphonie Concertante, Opus 81 –French National Opera Orchestra, Georges Pretre, conductor; Virgil Fox (1878 Cavaillé-Coll; 1939 Gonzales/Ravel Auditorium, Lyon, France) EMI Classics CDC 65075
We dedicate this program to the memory of one of the 20th century's great musician-entertainers, Virgil Fox, May 3, 1912—October 25, 1980 on the occasion this month of the 100th anniversary of his birth. In the program’s second hour, Virgil Fox’s long-time concert managerRichard Torrence reads from The Dish, a published and sometimes irreverant remembrance of Fox.
Listen to three previous Pipdreams programs devoted to the art of Virgil Fox, each with different repertoire: