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Old 11-02-2011, 11:06 AM   #41 (permalink)
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Bach - Fugue in G Major (The Jig)
E. Power Biggs, organist

A slow crescendo to a happy ending.



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Bach - Toccata in F Major, BWV 540
E. Power Biggs, organist

Recorded from an LP. He was playing the organ of the St-Bertrand-de-Comminges Cathedral (in the Haute Garonne area in France):



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Bach - Passacaglia and Fugue in C minor, BWV 582
E. Power Biggs playing the Pedal Harpsichord

I liked how this somber yet spirited music surprised me with its delicacy, such as at 6:00 when the harpsichord sounds unexpectedly like an acoustic guitar...



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Francois Couperin - Fanfare and Rondeau
E Power Biggs, organist

performed in the Abbey Church Marmoutier, France.
A light song, this one sounds to me like an ensemble of many block flute or recorder players.

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Bach - Fugue in G Major (The Jig)
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A slow crescendo to a happy ending.
Nice choice.


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Bach - Passacaglia and Fugue in C minor, BWV 582
E. Power Biggs playing the Pedal Harpsichord

I liked how this somber yet spirited music surprised me with its delicacy.
I wonder that BWV 582 hasn't been posted here before in the organ version. It was chosen in a more subdued performance for the funeral of queen-mother Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon in 2002. The harpsichord can hardly do it justice, although Biggs gives it a good effort.

Passacaglia and Fugue in C minor, BWV 582
Andrea Marcon, organist


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Bach's Fugue in G minor, BWV 578
Ton Koopman, organist



There are two Bach fugues in G minor. This is the 'Little G', short and sweet.

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Bach's Fugue in G minor, BWV 578
Ton Koopman, organist



There are two Bach fugues in G minor. This is the 'Little G', short and sweet.
That is a short and sweet fugue, yet still powerful. The video is great because it shows how an organist uses all his limbs such that playing the music involves his whole body. At times he almost appears to be dancing.

I read a little about fugues online (Wikipedia, of course) and learned that Bach patterned his fugues after those of Pachelbel and other composers of his time. I then listened to fragments of a large number of short fugues by Pachelbel. Many sound more like academic exercises than music, if you know what I mean...whereas the two Bach fugues posted in this thread have a sense of power...but the following was pretty nice, I felt, combined with the toccata:

J. Pachelbel - Toccata & Fugue in B flat Major

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this is a different kind of video, but I love it!


Ghosts and Flowers: The Handel Halvorsen Passacaglia - YouTube
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this is a different kind of video, but I love it!

Ghosts and Flowers: The Handel Halvorsen Passacaglia
Indeed, it's beautiful. Great video production too.

Here's a related piece:

Handel's Harpsichord Passacaille in G Minor (HWV 432)
Bob van Asperen, harpsichord

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Baroque harpsichord rules.
Here's Antonio Soler's Sonata #32 in G minor. Played by Gilbert Rowland.

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Sometimes it does, but then along comes a cello.
This could be Yo Yo Ma, I think.

Bach's Arioso from Cantata BWV 156 - Adagio
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Sometimes it does, but then along comes a cello.
I meant that colloquially, not qualitatively of course.
Baroque cello also rules. Here are the two in action together:

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I meant that colloquially, not qualitatively of course.
Baroque cello also rules.
I see your sonata and raise you a concerto.
Sometimes there's nothing like a piano. (2nd movement sound familiar?)

Bach's Keyboard Concerto No.5 in F Minor (BWV 1056) complete
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