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Frederik Magle
Mar-31-2003, 18:45
A free MP3 download of Johann Sebastian Bach's Toccata and Fugue in D minor (BWV 565) performed by the concert organist Frederik Magle on the famous organ in Riga Cathedral.

In the spring of 1993 I went on my first concert tour to the Baltic countries, Latvia and Estonia. Among other places I played a concert in the magnificent Riga Cathedral (Latvia) on the 1883 Walcker organ (http://www.magle.dk/music-forums/801-walcker-organ-riga-cathedral.html) which have 124 stops (144 ranks) and 6768 pipes.

I have now made a live recording of Johann Sebastian Bach's Toccata & Fugue in D minor (BWV 565) available on the net for free download in very high MP3 quality.

Click here to download J.S. Bach: Toccata & Fugue in D minor (BWV 565) (https://www.magle.dk/audio/bach-toccata-and-fugue-in-d-minor-%28frederik-magle%29.mp3) - 16.4 MB - 256 kbps MP3

(Copyright @ Frederik Magle)

https://www.magle.dk/billeder/organ/riga-organ-small.jpg (https://www.magle.dk/music-forums/801-walcker-organ-riga-cathedral.html)
The pipe organ in Riga Cathedral

This rendering of Johann Sebastian Bach's Toccata and Fugue in D minor (BWV 565) is copyright © Frederik Magle and may not be altered or publicly redistributed in any way without express permission. You are allowed to link freely to this page. You are not allowed to link directly to the MP3 file (hotlinking) without clearly stating credits and linking to this site as well. The music has been uploaded for free download in accordance with Danish and international copyright law.
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Pamadu
Oct-08-2003, 20:16
Frederik. Denmark & Australia have Something in Common at The Moment,with Your Royal Family....However,I have Just Listened to this Recording.....We Have another Thing in Common......We BOTH agree on "The Tempo" of this Much Played Piece..What a Wonderful Instrument too.!!!!! Very Responsive,if Still a Tracker Action.???.... Well Done. Paul or Pamadu.

Frederik Magle
May-11-2004, 15:15
Thanks Pamadu. It is indeed still a tracker action-organ! It was completely restored to it's original state by the dutch organ builder "Flentrop" in 1983, which is rather extraordinary considering Latvia was a communist state at that time. But basically the Riga Cathedral Organ was considered the pipe organ in the Soviet Union. I have in my collection many Melodia records recorded on this spectacular instrument.

The reason I "bump" this old thread is that I just today discovered that there has been a lot of interesting reviews of this mp3 download at amazon.com. Nice https://www.magle.dk/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/smile.gif

corno
May-11-2004, 16:25
and it is indeed an interesting recording... - I've got another one downloaded somewhere I can't remember... from a recording in Assisi (the organ here seems a bit out of tune here and there - I don't know if that's just how it is... - my organ knowledge isn't that great https://www.magle.dk/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/smile.gif) - and it's interesting to see/hear the difference in interpretation between these two - the latter being a little more "romantic" than the first I would say...
Do you have any remarks on the comparison of those two recordings? - they are also 8 years apart - in 1993 you're only 16? - and the latter from 2001...

Pamadu
May-17-2004, 19:25
http://groups.msn.com/RadioMelasudas/general.msnw?action=get_message&ID_Message=3293&ShowDelete=0&ID_CLast=3474&CDir=1 https://www.magle.dk/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/smile.gifThey are 2 completely different Organs.... I have listened to both now again, many times today... The 1993 Recording (Age 16) is in my opinion,the better one... ONLY in the context of a Young Man playing a Huge instrument and giving such a brilliant Performance of a "Much Played & Much Criticized Bach Piece"... Then on Top of it.!!!!!!!!!! You have to Give Credit to the 2001 Recording,because it shows the Brilliant work done on a "smaller Instrument". https://www.magle.dk/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/confused.gif There is a Big difference to an Organ with approx. 120 Stops & to an Organ with only 15 Speaking Stops.....I understand what Commodore Corno is getting at.!!!!!!......BUT.....Look at it this way......
16 yrs of age = 120 stops & 4 Manuals (A Big Ask for that age...BUT an Organ more than Capable etc.)
24 yrs of age = 15 stops & 2 Manuals (A Big Ask for that Organ...BUT with a more experienced "Magle" who has used his skills & made it sound Larger/Fuller.)

YES.!!!! You can hear the 2 very different interpretations, but again in "My Opinion".,it is MORE to do with The ORGANS....."The Special Magle Style of Playing" (16yrs & 24yrs) can be heard on Both. Hope that makes SOME Sense.....
All in All... https://www.magle.dk/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/up.gif https://www.magle.dk/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/up.gif https://www.magle.dk/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/up.gif to the BOTH...and that gets me out of Trouble....hehehehehe https://www.magle.dk/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/grin.gif Cheers https://www.magle.dk/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/cheers444.gif Pamadu/Paul.
What does the Organist,Himself Think.??????????????? https://www.magle.dk/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/smile.gif

Frederik Magle
May-17-2004, 22:37
Well, the two recordings are difficult to compare directly because it was two very different organs and very different concerts. Pamadu is pretty much right.

First, I had a decent amount of time for preparations of the concert in Riga, and during the concert I had two "registration-assistants". The organ in Riga Cathedral (which is one of the finest german romantic organs in the world) can not be compared to the organ in Assisi, which was unfortunately in a very bad shape (missing notes in some stops, slow pneumatic action - long delay from pressing a key to hearing the sound - etc.).

As for the concert in Assisi: When I sat down and played the Toccata, I did so without having touched the instrument before and making the stop changes while playing, guessing, using my experience and knowledge of organs in general. It was not a solo concert, but rather a concert featuring the Cecilia Choir (whom also had their own organist, Klaus Jerndorff, to accompany them). I just played for the fun! https://www.magle.dk/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/laugh.gif Still, I felt that my rendering of the Toccata and Fugue that evening had a certain "touch" that represents a part of my vision of playing Bach (and other music), thus I decided to post it on the net even though it's very "raw". But it can not be said to be generally representive of my current way of intrepetation due to the circumstances.

What people (who are not organists themselfs) don't know is just how big a difference there is between the different organs around the world. I would say that - even if both were in equally good physical condition - the difference between an organ like Riga (tracker action, 124 stops) and the Assisi organ (pneumatic action, 15 stops) is just as big as between a piano and, say, a harpsichord (they both have keys and strings and that's about it), if not even bigger! The two simply cannot be compared and the playing style will have to be adapted to each instrument. That's part of what makes the organ so fascinating and challeging in my opinion.

To make a real comparison between the young Frederik Magle and the "old" https://www.magle.dk/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/wink.gif I would have to do a new recording of a "big" concert with rehearsal and preparation time on a great cathedral organ, like the one Riga. Hmmm... Perhaps I should go back one day, maybe make a CD....

Westminster
Jun-03-2004, 16:15
I rather like the playing of this peice. I have a couple of questions though. When chooseing your registration what made you choose your stops. I tend not to play most of Bach's music with the listed registration. One, because the organ i play at can't handel all of that and is only 2 manual. Two, i find that the music looses a certain amount of expression when the stops get too vigorous. Is this an acceptable opinion or am i jus unexperienced. https://www.magle.dk/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/smile.gif

Frederik Magle
Jun-25-2005, 19:26
[UPDATE June 25, 2005: The Bach Toccata & Fugue mp3 file is no longer available for download at amazon.com since they closed/restructured their free music download section (so it now only consists of tracks from publically released CDs), but I have instead uploaded it to this server for direct download in a MUCH higher audio quality than before (256 kbps vs. 128 kbps mp3)]

Johann Sebastian Bach's Toccata & Fugue in D-minor - as performed by me in Riga Cathedral, Latvia in 1993 - can now be downloaded directly from this server as a high quality 256 kbps mp3 file Click here (http://www.magle.dk/audio/bach-toccata-and-fugue-in-d-minor-%28frederik-magle%29.mp3) to download.

Frederik Magle
Jun-28-2005, 18:58
I rather like the playing of this peice. I have a couple of questions though. When chooseing your registration what made you choose your stops. I tend not to play most of Bach's music with the listed registration. One, because the organ i play at can't handel all of that and is only 2 manual. Two, i find that the music looses a certain amount of expression when the stops get too vigorous. Is this an acceptable opinion or am i jus unexperienced. https://www.magle.dk/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/smile.gif

Sorry for the (mildly speaking) late reply, but better late than never I guess... https://www.magle.dk/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/smile.gif
J.S. Bach himself generally left very few registration suggestions, and none for this piece. So any listed registrations in the Toccata & Fugue in D minor are later additions and can be disregarded if you feel you have come up with a better registration yourself. So yes, it's an acceptable opinion, indeed. Now, whether your choices of registrations actually are better than the listed is a different question that I of course cannot answer without actually listening to your playing and knowing the instrument.

Charles E. Buchner
Jul-12-2005, 03:21
A very fine organ played by a very fine organist! Thank you for sharing.

Frederik Magle
Jul-12-2005, 10:19
Thank you https://www.magle.dk/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/smile.gif

Frederik Magle
Nov-24-2005, 23:20
I just want to update with a little piece of statistics-info: Over the last 5 months - since I moved the MP3 file to this server on June 25th - the Toccata & Fugue has been downloaded a total of 12,702 times and counting!

That makes it the top MP3 download (as far as I can tell) of the J.S. Bach, Toccata and Fugue in d-minor (BWV565) on the entire internet!! https://www.magle.dk/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/smile.gif

Dave Karoly
May-23-2006, 05:12
wish I was there!

I admire anyone who can play any type of keyboard. But most especially a large Organ. I have no idea how in the heck you do it, I'm not anywhere near that coordinated.

Hildegard
May-23-2006, 12:53
Great recording! :D My first thought was: Helmut Walcha. (Don't know about you, but to me thats a big compliment!:grin: )
Good tempo. The fuga really swings. :guitar:

Hildegard

giovannimusica
May-23-2006, 20:05
Dear Sir Frederik Magle,

An awesome job well done on BWV 565 :) :up:

Cheers,

Giovanni :tiphat:

Frederik Magle
Aug-23-2006, 17:57
Sorry for the late reply, but anyway: Thank you so much for those great comments Dave, Hildegard and Giovanni!! It means a lot to me to get such nice feedback on the performance.

Best regards :)
Frederik

musanim
Sep-02-2006, 23:26
...the Toccata & Fugue has been downloaded a total of 12,702 times and counting! ... That makes it the top MP3 download (as far as I can tell) of the J.S. Bach, Toccata and Fugue in d-minor (BWV565) on the entire internet!! https://www.magle.dk/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/smile.gifThis isn't an MP3, and it's not exactly played on an organ, and views are not exactly the same as downloads:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ipzR9bhei_o (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ipzR9bhei_o)but it has been viewed 24,305 times ... of course, that doesn't mean it's a better rendition ... :nut:

rocketmanallen
Sep-13-2006, 00:30
In the spring of 1993, I went on my first concert tour to the baltic contries, Latvia and Estonia. Among other places I played a concert in the fameous Riga Cathedral (Latvia) on the magnificent 1883 Walcker organ (http://www.magle.dk/music-forums/801-walcker-organ-riga-cathedral.html) with 124 stops (144 ranks) and 6768 pipes.

I have now made a live radio-recording of Johann Sebastian Bach's Toccata & Fugue in D minor (BWV 565) available on the net for free download in very high mp3 quality.

Click here to download J.S. Bach: Toccata & Fugue in D minor (BWV 565) (https://www.magle.dk/audio/bach-toccata-and-fugue-in-d-minor-%28frederik-magle%29.mp3) - 16.4 MB - 256 kbps MP3

(Copyright © Frederik Magle)


I had to join the whole friggin' board just to thank you for the download. That was wicked awesome!

I'm working on my yearly "Halloween" project and was just looking for that piece, so I stumbled on here by circumstance...but please forgive, the music isn't just part of a Halloween project to me either, I'm a painter and sculpter (and all kinds of other stuff as it were)...so it I'm not just some fly-by hick about it...I truely appreciate the music too.

Krummhorn
Sep-13-2006, 06:02
Frederik,

We are all indeed in the presence of a true artist at the console. The articulation you were able to accomplish in such a live building is absolutely outstanding. Absolutely stunning performance - thank you for sharing.

giovannimusica
Sep-13-2006, 10:53
Dear Sir Frederik Magle,

You da man, you da man...

:tiphat: :tiphat: :tiphat: :tiphat:

Giovanni

Frederik Magle
Sep-13-2006, 14:03
This isn't an MP3, and it's not exactly played on an organ, and views are not exactly the same as downloads:
but it has been viewed 24,305 times ... of course, that doesn't mean it's a better rendition ... :nut:

Congratulations, that's impressive! (and a very interesting visualization I must say). Now, downloads hasn't been standing still here either ;), and the current No. of downloads of the MP3 (from October 21, 2004 to september 12, 2006) is now up to 47,307. 594.64 GB has been transfered (of that file alone), which means the average download size is 12.57MB out of the file's full size of 16.4 MB. This again tells me that the significant majority of people completes the download.


I had to join the whole friggin' board just to thank you for the download. That was wicked awesome!

I'm working on my yearly "Halloween" project and was just looking for that piece, so I stumbled on here by circumstance...but please forgive, the music isn't just part of a Halloween project to me either, I'm a painter and sculpter (and all kinds of other stuff as it were)...so it I'm not just some fly-by hick about it...I truely appreciate the music too.

Thanks a lot! I'm happy you decided to join and let me know what you think about the download! I'm glad you appreciate the music, and don't worry, I too find it perfect for halloween use. Stereotypical? Maybe, but great fun nevertheless and the right atmosphere - and that's just all right :)


Frederik,

We are all indeed in the presence of a true artist at the console. The articulation you were able to accomplish in such a live building is absolutely outstanding. Absolutely stunning performance - thank you for sharing.

Thank you so much for your great comments. It means a lot to me!


Dear Sir Frederik Magle,

You da man, you da man...

:tiphat: :tiphat: :tiphat: :tiphat:

Giovanni

:up: :up: :up:

Thanks Giovanni! ;)

rocketmanallen
Sep-15-2006, 02:28
Thanks a lot! I'm happy you decided to join and let me know what you think about the download! I'm glad you appreciate the music, and don't worry, I too find it perfect for halloween use. Stereotypical? Maybe, but great fun nevertheless and the right atmosphere - and that's just all right :)

Well, not being an officianado of music, I confuse the Toccato and Fugue with you know who's fifth...for some reason I keep thinking the Toccato and fugue is a funeral march (I can't imagine why).

Sorry about that.

I took the liberty of sending your link to some co-workers (they needed some class anyway)...they were more than sufficiently impressed (I sent them the specifications on the organ as well as the credit to you).

We all work as engineers on the space shuttle main engines (you guessed it , rocket scientists)...they are a hard crowd to please...
much respect and admiration for your talent and skills,
Allen

along with that I should add,
Although you have good license to be, you are not snooty at all.

Frederik Magle
Sep-15-2006, 23:04
Thanks Allen! I'm very happy you enjoyed the recording. I'm proud to have been able to impress rocket scientists like you and your colleagues - that doesn't happen every day ;)

Best regards,
Frederik

musanim
Sep-16-2006, 03:14
a very interesting visualization I must sayLet me know if you'd like me to make something like that for one of your performances. Could be fun!

ParryHotter
Sep-16-2006, 03:28
What was I thinking !??!?!?!?!?!?!??!

Back when I joined this forum, I downloaded your Toccata and Fugue, but I haven't thanked you for it yet!

Thanks for the great work of art, Frederik. I very much enjoy your playing!

:grin:(post more music, everyone will love it!):grin:

rocketmanallen
Sep-16-2006, 04:05
Thanks Allen! I'm very happy you enjoyed the recording. I'm proud to have been able to impress rocket scientists like you and your colleagues - that doesn't happen every day ;)

Best regards,
Frederik

HEY! :grin: Can I tell them that we "pal around" and have coffee and tea and wax philosophical about pipe organs and rocket engines? That would be way cool!

pb05
Sep-30-2006, 20:23
In the spring of 1993, I went on my first concert tour to the baltic contries, Latvia and Estonia. Among other places I played a concert in the fameous Riga Cathedral (Latvia) on the magnificent 1883 Walcker organ (http://www.magle.dk/music-forums/801-walcker-organ-riga-cathedral.html) with 124 stops (144 ranks) and 6768 pipes.

I have now made a live radio-recording of Johann Sebastian Bach's Toccata & Fugue in D minor (BWV 565) available on the net for free download in very high mp3 quality.

Click here to download J.S. Bach: Toccata & Fugue in D minor (BWV 565) (http://www.cyberorganist.com/audio/bach-toccata-and-fugue-in-d-minor-%28frederik-magle%29.mp3) - 16.4 MB - 256 kbps MP3

(Copyright © Frederik Magle)

Thanks Frederik for this wonderful contribution. I can only wish to reach one day this level of performance (just an organ student for the time being, despite my age).

Now I don't mean to derail the thread, but here (http://www.johann-sebastian-bach.org/bwv565/bwv565.htm) you can find another freely available recording of the same toccata. It comes from the johann-sebastian-bach.org pages.

rocketmanallen
Nov-11-2006, 04:04
Hi again Fredrik!

Your Toccata and Fugue bounced the neighborhood for Halloween...many thanks again!
Allen

hbrzs
Mar-13-2007, 12:54
Hello, I'm new here (joined today) and I'm not a musician. But I like music (especially Bach) very much. That's the reason I joined this club. I have the idea that I'm among specialists here and feel very 'small'. My appreciations(!) for what I've heard until now.

Henk

Krummhorn
Mar-13-2007, 23:21
Hi Henk :wave:

Glad to have you aboard here ... we are all 'small' in comparison to the greatness of JS Bach, so please don't ever feel intimidated. Any 'specialist' here certainly remembers his/her roots ... we were all beginners at one time, too :grin:, so jump right into the discussions if you like ... Enjoy!!

AustinPrince14
Mar-26-2007, 00:41
Hello Frederik! This is my first post and my first real longing for a classical piece. I got introduced to the organ through the rock band Iron Butterfly (of In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida fame) and I can't get enough of it through rock, hence the switch to classical. But for some reason, I can't download Tocatta and Fugue in D-Minor from the link. Is there a mirror site or maybe a direct download link?

Frederik Magle
Mar-26-2007, 12:19
Welcome, AustinPrince :tiphat:

I'm sorry to hear that you are having trouble downloading the Toccata and Fugue. That's very strange - could you possibly explain what happens, please. Do you get an error message?

In any case you may try this mirror (though I doubt it will be much different): J.S.Bach Toccata & Fugue in D-minor MP3 (http://www.magle.dk/audio/bach-toccata-and-fugue-in-d-minor-%28frederik-magle%29.mp3). Let me know how it goes.

Kind regards,
Frederik

PraeludiumUndFuge
Mar-27-2007, 04:16
Very nice rendition. Do you have any other recordings of the famous Bach organ pieces to share?? Maybe the dorian toccata and fugue in d minor?? :D

Krummhorn
Mar-27-2007, 05:27
Welcome, AustinPrince :tiphat:

I'm sorry to hear that you are having trouble downloading the Toccata and Fugue. That's very strange - could you possibly explain what happens, please. Do you get an error message?

In any case you may try this mirror (though I doubt it will be much different): J.S.Bach Toccata & Fugue in D-minor MP3 (http://www.magle.dk/audio/bach-toccata-and-fugue-in-d-minor-%28frederik-magle%29.mp3). Let me know how it goes.

Kind regards,
Frederik

Frederik (et al),
Testing D/L link ... mirror came through here ... :cool:

Lars

Contratrombone64
Jun-20-2007, 07:36
Frederik ... that's a stunningly beautiful looking organ ... did you get vertigo?

Contratrombone64
Jun-21-2007, 02:02
Sorry, Frederik, I also should have said thank you, a very cerebral interpretation indeed. Well done ... I look forward to you completing the organ works of Bach, soon?

Caddis
Jun-24-2007, 14:28
Beaut of a gem to listen to!,nice tempo.Any of you heard the 1921 edition of the Toccata&Fugue in D-minor by Louis Vierne? www.festivo.nl/en/get_mp3.php?mp3=6962052-14.mp3 (http://www.festivo.nl/en/get_mp3.php?mp3=6962052-14.mp3)

Nicolay Becker
Jun-27-2007, 21:11
Great thing! Is it the only one record available for download?
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Krummhorn
Jun-27-2007, 21:16
Nicolay,

There are more here Frederik Magle - Free Downloads (http://www.magle.dk/music-mp3-downloads.html) for this community to peruse and enjoy.

Happy listening :banana:

susangio
Jul-06-2007, 10:40
Very nice rendition. Do you have any other recordings of the famous Bach organ pieces to share?? Maybe the dorian toccata and fugue in d minor?? :D
I AGREE!!! Wow that T&F was mind-blowing, Frederik! I don't suppose you could treat us to your playing of the Toccata by Widor? Thank you SOOO much. Susanne.

ROBERTOFERREIRA
Jul-08-2007, 00:30
A free MP3 download of Johann Sebastian Bach's Toccata and Fugue in D minor (BWV 565) performed by the concert organist Frederik Magle on the famous organ in Riga Cathedral.

In the spring of 1993 I went on my first concert tour to the Baltic countries, Latvia and Estonia. Among other places I played a concert in the magnificent Riga Cathedral (Latvia) on the 1883 Walcker organ (http://www.magle.dk/music-forums/801-walcker-organ-riga-cathedral.html) which have 124 stops (144 ranks) and 6768 pipes.

I have now made a live recording of Johann Sebastian Bach's Toccata & Fugue in D minor (BWV 565) available on the net for free download in very high MP3 quality.

Click here to download J.S. Bach: Toccata & Fugue in D minor (BWV 565) (http://www.cyberorganist.com/audio/bach-toccata-and-fugue-in-d-minor-%28frederik-magle%29.mp3) - 16.4 MB - 256 kbps MP3

(Copyright © Frederik Magle)

http://www.magle.dk/billeder/organ/riga-organ-small.jpg (http://www.magle.dk/music-forums/801-walcker-organ-riga-cathedral.html)
The pipe organ in Riga Cathedral


This rendering of Johann Sebastian Bach's »Toccata and Fugue in D minor (BWV 565)« is copyright © Frederik Magle and may not be altered or publicly redistributed in any way without express permission. You are allowed to link freely to this page. You are not allowed to link directly to the MP3 file (hotlinking) without clearly stating credits and linking to this site as well. The music has been uploaded for free download in accordance with Danish and international copyright law.
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New Classical Music MP3 downloads (http://www.magle.dk/music-mp3-downloads.html) by the composer and concert organist Frederik Magle
I just can say thanks, it's wonderful and touch my soul.

the(talented?)wind
Jul-12-2007, 00:37
thank you!
also, is there somewhere i can get the Assissi recording mentioned earlier?

tnerruc32
Jul-14-2007, 08:00
Thanks very much for the lovely and inspiring organ music. I look forward to hearing more composers and performers. Marion

TogaJoe
Aug-16-2007, 14:35
Thankyou.
This is the most moving recital I have heard for many years.
I would like to inform you I have linked your recital and this site forum on my family blog "Fullers Pond" (http://fullerspond.blogspot.com/2007/08/mothers-live-love-of-organs.html)

Krummhorn
Aug-16-2007, 15:04
Hi TogaJoe ...

I'm sure Frederik Magle will be most appreciative of your comments. My compliments on the blog page - what a wonderful tribute ... thanks for sharing this with us.

methodistgirl
Aug-26-2007, 21:47
I have the download on my computer. However do wish there was a
written download of toccata and fugue. I still have to learn the piece
by ear and I'm having a ball with it!:cheers: Good thing that I'm along by
myself when I practice! One of the top musicians at the church happen
to walk in and I was like oops! He laughed and smiled to tell me that
he was going home for the day.:o Right now I have my version of it to
work on until I can find the sheet music. The song was written for a
catholic mass if you will listen for the A-men parts. It is a beautiful
piece but not so complicated if you put your mind to it. I use this
to try and improve my memory which my memory needs something:confused:
I walked down main street to call my landlord and for the life of me
I forgot his phone number before I got to a phone!
judy tooley

Contratrombone64
Aug-27-2007, 01:03
The term song is so misused as to make me roll my eyes. A song is something sung a piece is something played ... easy to remember. Unfortunately the idiots at Apple chose the term "song" for any bit of music (regardless of heritage or genre) stored on their electronic money spinning devices.

methodistgirl
Sep-29-2007, 19:08
Thanks for the Taccata & fugue I finally recorded it on a disk. The top
musicians at church don't have this recording. They have it with some
one else on cassette tape who sounds like Liberice on Pipe organ instead
of piano. So thanks again along with Highland Cathedral!
:)judy tooley

huiz
Oct-16-2007, 06:23
I just have to thank you for that wonderful piece:) It was truly beautiful. I love it!

methodistgirl
Oct-16-2007, 21:22
I think this is about the fifth time I listened to this piece today. I keep
on listening to it to help me with my practice of Toccata & fugue. That
is the way I learn a piece. Since music teachers are scarce here, I learn
how to play a piece by listening and reading the music along. I have
tought myself much of the music I have to learn. Otherwise if I know
the piece, hymn, or song I have no trouble playing it even by ear.
This version of toccata & fugue is much richer than I have heard from
anyone else. I wished Frederik Magle had this on video so I could
see him in action! It sounds magnificant or something like that.
judy tooley

Purremuts
Dec-04-2007, 03:58
Thank you for making this master piece available to the general public.

Elementary

methodistgirl
Dec-04-2007, 22:30
A free MP3 download of Johann Sebastian Bach's Toccata and Fugue in D minor (BWV 565) performed by the concert organist Frederik Magle on the famous organ in Riga Cathedral.

In the spring of 1993 I went on my first concert tour to the Baltic countries, Latvia and Estonia. Among other places I played a concert in the magnificent Riga Cathedral (Latvia) on the 1883 Walcker organ (http://www.magle.dk/music-forums/801-walcker-organ-riga-cathedral.html) which have 124 stops (144 ranks) and 6768 pipes.

I have now made a live recording of Johann Sebastian Bach's Toccata & Fugue in D minor (BWV 565) available on the net for free download in very high MP3 quality.

Click here to download J.S. Bach: Toccata & Fugue in D minor (BWV 565) (http://www.cyberorganist.com/audio/bach-toccata-and-fugue-in-d-minor-%28frederik-magle%29.mp3) - 16.4 MB - 256 kbps MP3

(Copyright © Frederik Magle)



http://www.magle.dk/billeder/organ/riga-organ-small.jpg (http://www.magle.dk/music-forums/801-walcker-organ-riga-cathedral.html)
The pipe organ in Riga Cathedral


This rendering of Johann Sebastian Bach's »Toccata and Fugue in D minor (BWV 565)« is copyright © Frederik Magle and may not be altered or publicly redistributed in any way without express permission. You are allowed to link freely to this page. You are not allowed to link directly to the MP3 file (hotlinking) without clearly stating credits and linking to this site as well. The music has been uploaded for free download in accordance with Danish and international copyright law.
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New Classical Music MP3 downloads (http://www.magle.dk/music-mp3-downloads.html) by the composer and concert organist Frederik Magle

I like that kind of organ. The stops are right at your fingertips when
you need to change the sound quickly.
judy tooley

Brad Davis
Dec-14-2007, 23:14
This performance of the T&C d-moll is among the very the best I've heard since Richter on the Marien Orgel zu Ottobeuren, and in fact is remarkably similar in approach. Have you been at all influenced by Richter?

C5Says
Jan-25-2008, 08:23
Another interesting version of this piece is played on electric guitar... :)

Contratrombone64
Jan-30-2008, 06:29
electric guitar? yech!!

Krummhorn
Jan-30-2008, 17:43
Another interesting version of this piece is played on electric guitar... :)


electric guitar? yech!!

Hmmm, well had to see for myself ... found this on youtube (best one of the lot) although the Greek 'influence' is mysterious towards the end :eek: :crazy:

Sorry, Johann ... I mean no disrespect ... I agree, this is horrid :rolleyes: :cry: :crazy:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c213ew-yl_o

Contratrombone64
Jan-30-2008, 23:09
PooTube you mean ...

Daniel Palmer
Jan-31-2008, 19:00
Thanks Sir Frederik for making this available - one of my favourite pieces.

Here's the fugue from the piece on accordion -

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UBmajjf5WKE

I find it rather impressive - better than the guitar version, though I quite liked that also.

Daniel

C5Says
Feb-01-2008, 00:02
electric guitar? yech!!

The reason I found it interesting is because the arranger was able to translate a classical piece to a non-classical medium. If you think of the brighter side, these rockers are listening to classical. For them to be able to perform it on electric guitar means they heard the classical over and over and over again.

Classical people (like us) NATURALLY like classical music. Rockers, rock music. So if rockers perform classical, they have the power to influence the rock audience into classical. Don't you think that's good?

C5Says
Feb-01-2008, 00:18
@Contra, it seems you're living up to your name :D
There are many stuff in YouTube that really makes you say PooTube but you can't discredit those that post good stuff. It is only through YouTube that I was able to see history more vividly especially that of WWII. The old Manila was also interesting for me. I got to see what it was like before as opposed to what it is right now. My kids get to sing videoke or karaoke because they are available in YouTube. You just have to know how to sieve the good ones from the bad ones. :)

C5Says
Feb-01-2008, 00:28
Did you know that there are only two forum sites I frequent? This, and one about search engine optimization.

I agree with methodistgirl...we'd like to see you, Frederik, on video :) I really love your works!

Daniel, it is really impressive. I think I'd like to have an accordion! Imagine, the sound of a full organ but the size you can carry while playing.

I found other guitar presentations that sounded organlike. Saw what Krummhorn posted the first time here.

Bruce Wayne
May-01-2009, 07:43
Thanks, Sir! What a beautiful song!

JMacBeth
May-13-2009, 22:11
I'm trying to download your mp3 file but (yes I have AOL) nothing seems to be happening. Please help.

Krummhorn
May-14-2009, 08:11
I'm trying to download your mp3 file but (yes I have AOL) nothing seems to be happening. Please help.

Are you on dial-up, dsl or broadband connection?

Sometimes AOL will impose restrictions on the downloading of larger files (this one being 16.4MB) at certain times of the day or night. Have you tried the download during an off peak time?

I was just able to download it again tonight ... I'm on premium high speed cable internet though.

XxbassoonxX
Jun-17-2009, 00:54
was this supposed to download to my computer so i could put it on my mp3 player? cause it didn't...

Krummhorn
Jun-17-2009, 01:46
was this supposed to download to my computer so i could put it on my mp3 player? cause it didn't...

Hi ... and welcome to MIMF :wave:

If you left clicked on the file, it will just play ... if you wish to save it to your PC, you will need to right click the title in the original post (http://www.magle.dk/music-forums/23-bach-toccata-fugue-d.html#post41) and then select "save link as", another dialog box should open on your PC screen. From there you can change the location where you want this file to go.

I just confirmed that the download still works from that link .. took about 70 seconds to download. :)

Let me know if you experience more problems and hopefully we can help.

wljmrbill
Jun-17-2009, 02:55
Very well performed.. enjoyed your interpetation and registrations too. Love the way you played the ending of the fugue section.

Frederik Magle
Nov-22-2009, 22:09
Hello John,

Thanks for your feedback and your interesting thoughts on this recording. First of all I must admit that I do not remember much about the technical particulars of this recording from 1993.

However, regarding placing a mic near the manuals (keyboards) to add the sound of the keys, I think that would create an "artificial" sound. The sound of the organ itself (especially one as large as the Riga organ) is so powerful that even the organist himself cannot hear the sound of the keys except for the soft passages, and that from a distance of no more than 80-90 centimeters. Not to mention the audience sitting at a distance of approx. 15-80 meters from the organ (in Riga). Adding keyboard sounds in to the mix would be artificial, you cannot hear them in the church. What you can sometimes hear in Riga - in the soft passages - is the sound of the huge and complicated tracker action system, but that does not come from the console alone, but all the way from the console to the chests, and would thus not gain anything from a mic directly over the manuals.

With that said, it's an interesting idea for experimentation. Artificial is not necessarily bad :) and I do get the idea of the "percussive" effect, though I'm not sure it would add anything musically to a recording of "traditional" music like the Toccata & Fugue,. etc.

Regarding the delay in pneumatic organs, indeed it can be a challenge. (There was no delay in Riga, btw, since it's a mechanical "tracker" action instrument) but challenges are there to be overcome. The pneumatic delay is most problematic when playing together with other instruments. When playing solo, and if the delay is not too long, the brain has the ability to compensate in advance. You can also do that when playing with others, but it takes more effort.

A normal delay from a pneumatic organ is not long enough that it can be used purposefully, however some organs have distant divisions, in certain cases up to 200 meters away from the console (St. John the Divine in New York springs to mind), and there you will have to play very purposefully "on" the delay. Yes, you could describe it as "jamming with yourself".

Finally, the ideal placement of the console is simply too impossible for me generalize about. It will be individual from each organ, depending on the placement of the organ (in regard to the surroundings), the pipes, and the console in regard to each other. No two organs or spaces are alike (and one must remember, when it comes to pipe organs, the "space" and the instrument cannot truly be separated - at least not successfully). But I will say, very generally, that I would prefer the sound by the console to be as close in balance as the one heard by the audience as possible, without sacrificing the feel of contact with the instrument.

Best regards,
Frederik

Frederik Magle
Nov-22-2009, 22:39
Very well performed.. enjoyed your interpetation and registrations too. Love the way you played the ending of the fugue section.

Thanks, Bill. It's an old recording, but I think it holds water.

lover of music
Jan-03-2010, 18:56
Mr. Magle, Sir, I am presently revelling in your downloaded recording of Bach's Toccata and Fugue - simply glorious. I understand completely your admonition to go to Riga Cathedral to hear the full glory of the Walcker organ. My wife and I have just returned from four days in Riga where we were lucky enough to spot that there was to be a New Year's Eve concert, "With Organ Sounds the Year Bids Farewell", with ten organists playing ten pieces written by a chorus of composers from Clerambault (d1740) to Hesford (d1996). Despite my not being too well on the evening, we made our way to the cathedral, and am I glad that we did!! I listened, enthralled, as the sound ebbed and flowed around us in the wonderful sound-box that is Riga Cathedral. Providing the 'cherry on the cake' was Telemann's Sonata Concertante for trumpet and organ. The trumpeter I know nothing of, but after listening to some of the most sublime playing, with notes that seemed not to die in the upper realms of the cathedral, I shall make it my business to explore the name, Gatis Gorkusa.
I have just stumbled across your site whilst researching Riga Cathedral. I am 74 and a confirmed music lover, and will follow this site and your music with great interest.

victem
Jan-03-2010, 18:57
Frederik Magle im i'm a yr yonger than you but im also very farway your skill. Is there room for me to improve i only do basic Congregation accampaniment!!!!!!
You're surely Given the Lord . all Glory be to Him above!!!!!!!

Greenkiller
Feb-25-2010, 20:33
Btw I am a metalhead and still this is one of my favourite songs.

kotreintje
Mar-27-2010, 19:53
thank you

anthill
Oct-03-2010, 02:24
WOW!!! Frederik :grin:, That's just brilliant. I am a beginner in Classical Music as I enjoy and brash and powerful sounding piece. As I live in Australia I would jump at the chance to go to Riga. As far as I know that organs do require a healthy compressor with strength and quiet!! Is that a problem with organs of today? :confused:

teddy
Oct-03-2010, 18:37
Hello anthill and welcome to the forum
Trust you will continue to enjoy the experience

teddy