Here is “Come Sweet Death” by J.S. Bach. (*performed by Frederick Swann – who was Virgil Fox’s main student/acolyte. Virgil Fox himself the only interpreter of Bach’s organ works I would choose to listen to! ; although he was a very controversial figure in the Organ world*)
Mr. J.S. Bach. Some say the Greatest of them all. As he neared death he composed this piece. To my ear it’s the sound of the Soul passing into the unknown Beyond. IF I had great bass speakers, and IF I knew when I was dying! … I’d love to hear this. PLEASE persevere through the early ‘morbidness’! – because The Soul’s lift-off is coming. (***Warning: If you don’t have great bass speakers you might be disappointed. I’ve never heard this on a proper sound system. It’s probably one of those pieces you’d have to hear in ‘person’. Be prepared to adjust volume!
Come Sweet Death
Muriel WellsSeptember 20, 2010 at 10:40 pm
I have a download of Virgil Fox playing this on the huge Wannamaker Organ—it is very impressive; the performer, organ and piece!
I am in two minds about Virgil Fox, who is a virtuoso and enthusiastic organist. His showmanship can be offputting, but I recognise that he has introduced classical music to so many who would otherwise never have listened.
This performance by Frederick Swann is very pleasing—yes I have a speakers and a subwoofer and have turned up the volume!!! My Logitech system is still in the modest range but manages to do some justice to organ music. Mind you I should like something at the upper end of the scale—who wouldn’t?
Thankyou for posting this.
Muriel aka Polly.