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Bach: Great Organ Favorites with E. Power Biggs


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listen13. Passacaglia and Fugue in C minor, BWV 582: Passacaglia 8:07$0.99  Buy MP3 
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  • Composer: Johann Sebastian Bach
  • Audio CD (July 11, 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: CBS Records Masterworks
  • Run Time: 60 minutes
  • ASIN: B0000026HK
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,066 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Bach: Great Organ Favorites with E. Power Biggs by E. Power Biggs

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Still, I believe I can recognize great music when I hear it.
William A. Stephens
E. Power Biggs is the greatest organist ever, and here he plays some of Bach's best (and most accessible) compositions.
Roy A. Fenimore
Bach wrote much music, which was revered for its intellectual depth, technical command, and artistic beauty.
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29 of 32 people found the following review helpful By B.E.F. on June 22, 2009
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Dating back to late-Roman times and the Dark Ages, the organ is one of the West's oldest instruments.
The oldest playable organ in the world resides in Sion (Switzerland) and dates to the late-14th Century.
Organs and cathedrals (churches) were a perfect match in terms of size and acoustics, and in Bach's time there were many in existence and many being newly built (or refurbished). Bach himself became quite an expert on aspects of organ engineering, and his opinion was solicited throughout central Germany.

The 1960s and `70s saw a great resurgence of interest in Bach's music, and E. Power Biggs was a major player of the movement. Biggs recorded for the same label as Glenn Gould--(Columbia)--and also shared the same producer (Andrew Kazdin). At that time Columbia issued numerous LPs of Biggs performing not only Bach but various other composers as well. With the advent of CD techne in the mid-1980s, Columbia reissued a few of those recordings; unfortunately, the bulk of Biggs' work has never made it to CD.

So, we are lucky to have here some of Biggs' best Bach realizations which (to paraphrase),
Age cannot wither, nor custom stale
Their infinite variety.
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Although Biggs travelled throughout Europe performing on original instruments of Schnitger, Silbermann and others, when at home he always preferred Harvard's Flentrop organ (completed 1958) for its tracker-action and outstanding construction. (It must be remembered that in 1930s and `40s America it was popular to build organs with electronic key-to-pipe action which was thought to be "modern"; however, Biggs deplored the departure from classic organ construction and he led in the revival of tracker-action with its direct-wire key-to-pipe techne.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Thomas Vance on May 17, 2009
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In 1977 E. Power Biggs came to Centre College in Kentucky to dedicate the organ at their new Norton Center for the Arts. By that time Biggs was in very poor health and crippled with Arthritis and had to soak his hands in hot beeswax just before he walked onstage. Yet, it still was an outstanding performance of both the organist and the organ. A few months later he was dead. Biggs played some, of what is on this CD, then. Here we hear Biggs at the top of his game. Listen to this collection and hear Bach as it was meant to be played and on the organ built to do it. Some new organists have matched Biggs at his peak, none have yet surpassed him. As I listen to this CD his 1977 performance comes back to me and I count myself lucky to have heard the master.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Roy A. Fenimore on February 10, 2008
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OK, I'm not going to try to fool anybody into thinking I'm a music expert; I'm just going to say I love this CD! E. Power Biggs is the greatest organist ever, and here he plays some of Bach's best (and most accessible) compositions. I listen to this CD all the time and never get tired of it.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Milesfan! on November 21, 2008
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These performances are the standards by which all other Bach organ recordings will be judged. Almost 50 years after being recorded, this music is simply unparalleled in the purity of its sound and the confidence that Biggs brings to the Flentrop organ. No other organist I've heard has ever understood the soul of Bach's organ music. Biggs takes this complex mathematical music and gives it human breath. Absolutely without equal.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Wayne Scott on March 28, 2012
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There are so many reasons that I favor Biggs' recordings of Bach, on this organ. The acoustics of the hall (and I imagine the placement of the microphones) are remarkable for the clarity of sound. Large cathedrals are grand, but to my ears, the details of the music gets lost in the "mud" of excessive echo (again, perhaps that has something to do with the placement of the microphones). Biggs' recordings on this instrument are wonderful to me because of the details of the polyphony that come through, for one. Then there is his registration of these pieces (a combination of the voicing of the instrument by the builder, and Biggs choice of stops) which also add to the clarity of line. It may only be because this was the first recording of Bach organ music I heard, at the tender age of 14, but I've always thought this was the way Bach should sound. Biggs, Columbia Masterworks, and Harvard conspired to make these recordings, then they broke the mold. Last, and certainly not least, is Biggs' playing. The first time I heard the D minor Fugue (BWV-565) was this recording. It gave me the sensation of flying.

Everyone has their favorites. This is one of mine.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Jim R. on June 15, 2012
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I sat at the Flentrop organ in 1980 and turned around to have my buddy take a picture. It was one of the most exciting moments of my life. An older friend gave me this LP when I was a kid in 1977. I'm no classical expert but this LP turned me on to a new world of music that I have never looked back from. Bach and Biggs, life doesn't get any better than that.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By William A. Stephens on November 1, 2014
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I am not a musician. I don't play the piano or organ. In fact, the only musical instrument I do play is my stereo system.

Still, I believe I can recognize great music when I hear it. And I hear it when I play this CD -- just as I have have heard it when playing my vinyl versions for the past 50 plus years.

Bach's "great" organ pieces are eternal -- and I am eternally grateful that they are played so masterfully by E. Power Biggs.

That's my opinion -- and I am sticking to it.
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