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Old 1st December 2006, 06:50 AM   #1
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Default Best Toccata & Fugue in D Minor?

Hi. For you organ fans (no lame jokes, please), what's your fave CD of Bach's Toccata & Fugue in D Minor, and why?

Thanks for any suggestions.

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Old 5th December 2006, 06:10 PM   #2
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Hmmm... it seems odd that no one's replied. And yes, I've searched the forums.

Maybe I should be a bit more specific - I've seen recordings of this piece mentioned in various forums here, but usually in the context of a system test or demonstration piece (especially WRT low frequency content). Don't get me wrong, I love a good 32' pedal stop as much as the next guy, but I'm asking for a more balanced evaluation. Maybe there's a recording that doesn't have quite the bass or dynamic range, but the perormance is noteworthy, or the spaciousness and overall sound impression are unusually realistic, etc. In short, I'm asking about an overall musical experience rather than a subwoofer test.

So... anybody?

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Old 6th December 2006, 07:09 AM   #3
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Hi,

I like Garry Grodberg's rendition but it is probably a rarity as I have it on LP made by russian Melodyia. Not sure if it was re-released on a CD but I know that lots of their recordings were.

There is that particular bit close to the end with arpeggionated sequence that lots of oragnists play very/quite differently and that is mostly likable/dislikable to me.
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Old 6th December 2006, 11:43 AM   #4
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I am voting for the Hurford rendition. The penguin guide gave it a rosette and called the version outstanding. I think the same. Some folks may find it too personal an interpretation but it is my favourite.

It was recently released on cd by decca as a single and as a set. I bought the set and have not regretted it.

However I believe with organ music that it will only deliver the intended effect on a top quality audio system. I find a lot is lost on other systems

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Old 11th December 2006, 06:26 AM   #5
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Thanks for your replies.

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Old 12th December 2006, 07:45 PM   #6
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>>ReidK

I must say that I don't have my favourite one ;-) but I have many versions, also jazz-like ver
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Old 18th December 2006, 03:32 AM   #7
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Telarc is my fav ,also Don Dorsey does well on an synth. version on telarc's Bachbusters .
Telarc 1812 version is excellent too, with very realistic reproduction of the cannon blast.
Best ever were the Ultradisc versions, rare , if even still in existance ????
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Old 19th December 2006, 12:01 AM   #9
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Then if we don't only count organ versions, one mustn't miss the recording of Henry Woods orchestration of the piece by Toscanini and the NY Philharmonic. It might only be available on NY Philharmonics own CDs, though. (I can't remember if there is any organ too in this version, and I can't find the CD for the moment).

Sorry I can't help you with organ versions. I only have only one (Chorzempa on Philips) and have no idea how it stands up to the other recordings.

Edit:
Knowing very little about Woods transcription, I decided to google for it. Interestingly, it turns out that on the first performace of it, Woods claimed it to be by a fake (?) russian composer.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Henry_Wood_(conductor)

I also found that for those who insist on modern recordings, there is one with Slatkin and the BBC Symphony O. on Chandos.
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best tequila and fugue?...tough question.

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opps...I just saw this..."(no lame jokes, please)"

but I do like Sauza Conmemoritivo...with any fugue.


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