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  1. Virgil Fox in Recital

    A few weeks ago, we showcased some works performed by British born American-based organist E. Power Biggs. Among Biggs’ rivals was concert organist Virgil Fox, who was known for a more flamboyant "Heavy Organ" style of performance. Fox decried Biggs' insistence on historical accuracy, claiming that it was "relegating the organ to a museum piece".

    According to the Virgil Fox Legacy website, Fox was born
  2. La Chronique du Disque (March 2014)

    En français

    For those unfamiliar with our monthly recordings review - If Sound Quality (SQ) and Overall Impression (OI) grades need further context, feel free to visit earlier posts in this series.

    My acquisitions for March

    Bach: The Art of Fugue

    We began the month on PTB with the “incomplete” recording of the Art of the Fugue by
  3. E. Power Biggs (1906 – 1977)

    As part of our organ programming for the Lenten season, I am planning a pair of YouTube-inspired posts on two of the most notable American-based organists of the latter half of the 20th century, beginning with British-born, adoptive American organist E. Power Biggs.

    If parents today would choose “Power” as the given name of their son, with the surname Biggs, the kid had better be built like a linebacker!
  4. Sergio Fiorentino (1927 –1998)

    Today on “F” for February, Once Upon the Internet turns to Italian pianist Sergio Fiorentino whose sporadic performing career spanned five decades.

    Hailed by critics for his unusual technical and musical endowments, Sergio Fiorentino showed his exceptional talent at an early age; he was granted a scholarship by the Italian Government at age 11 to study at the Conservatorio "San Pietro a Majella"
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  5. The Fleet Fingers of Ruggerio Ricci

    This month, I have programmed two Once Upon the Internet posts. This week’s completes last week's audition of the complete Caprices for Solo Violin by Paganini, in the legendary first recording by American violinist Ruggerio Ricci.

    Born in San Francisco in 1918, Ricci began learning the violin at age six and was taught by Yehudi Menuhin's teacher, Louis Persinger. A recognized child prodigy, and winner
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