Virgil Fox in 1954
…passionate performances by one of the world’s most celebrated organ virtuosos, the late, great Virgil Fox, with commentary by his friend and colleague Richard Torrence.
Program Broadcast dates:
Links and Resources:
- Watch Fox’s Tokyo performance of the Jongen Symphonie Concertante.
- Movement I, Allegro
- Movement II, Divertimento
- Movement III, lento
- Movement IV, Toccata
- Virgil Fox Legacy
- Enjoy an extended conversation between
Michael Barone and program guest Richard Torrence,
talking about Virgil Fox’s recordings and performances at Philharmonic Hall, on the Wanamaker organ, and in Tokyo.
- Jongen’s Symphonie Concertante, composed in 1926, was created upon a commission from Rodman Wanamaker with intention that the work be premiered in Philadelphia on the landmark pipe organ at the family’s main department store. Unfortunately, Mr. Wanamaker died, and arrangements for that concert were dropped. However, after much delay, on September 27, 2008, Jongen’s Symphonie Concertante will at last be played by the 1911 Wanamaker Organ, with Peter Richard Conte, soloist, and the Philadelphia Orchestra in a gala evening concert.
- Printable program listings
Music played in the program
CÉSAR FRANCK: Grande pièce symphonique –Virgil Fox (1962 Aeolian-Skinner/Philharmonic Hall, Lincoln Center, New York, NY) OrganArts CD-4135
RICHARD WAGNER: Parsifal Fanfares –Virgil Fox (1911 Wanamaker/Grand Court, Macy’s Center City, Philadelphia, PA) Bainbridge CD-2501
J.S. BACH: Chorale-prelude, Jesu, joy of man’s desiring; Prelude Number 22 in b-flat, S. 867, from Well-tempered Clavier, Book I –Virgil Fox (1971 Ruffatti/Cathedral of St. Mary, San Francisco, CA) SeeMusic CD-052
JOSEPH JONGEN: Symphonie Concertante for Organ and Orchestra, Opus 81 –NHK Symphony Orchestra, Heinz Wallberg, conductor; Virgil Fox (1971 Karl Schuke/NHK Concert Hall, Tokyo, Japan) Pipedreams Archive recorded June 1977
Filler –GABRIEL FAURÉ: Nocturne, from Shylock –Virgil Fox, 1911 Wanamaker Organ
Thanks to Dan Cronenwet for facilitating access to the NHK concert recording!