VIRGIL FOX Finale from the Sixth Symphony (Vierne)


"Heavy Organ" (as defined by Virgil Fox) - The reasons why Virgil Fox turned the organ music inside out in the USA. How does this add up? The organ music on this compact disk is ahead of its time by years,yet it is a recording which may well be called historical. A name explains the seemingly incompatible difference: Virgil Fox. Fox was born in 1912 and died on October 25, 1980, after having suffered from cancer for many years. In his time Fox belonged to the pioneers and innovators among the classical musicians in the USA. It was not only in his interpretations of organ literature, explored throughout centuries of performing pratice, that Fox liked to do new things, for he also was very open-minded in all respects of technical development. Virgil Fox turned the organ music inside out in the USA. This did not always bring him praise and recognition. He violated many a rule of the music world and so it happened that he sometimes had too oppose the prejudice that he was, above all, a man of the show business who for the sake of brilliant effects would falsify sublime cultural possessions.

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