Bach’s Toccata and Fugue in D Minor

I am having a musical week…. last night I was also bit fed up with things, and so wanted to blast some music that would match my mood and then cheer me up… I turned the traditional rock albums from the late 70’s and early 80’s up loud, but my mood did not lift… so as opposed to classic monsters, I tried some classical beasts. It worked a treat. (But possibly annoyed my neighbours… sorry…)

I have long been a fan of Bach’s Toccata and Fugue in D (BWV 565 apparently, for those who know such things…) This is the most stunning version that I have found that I can share with you all:

This is a superb animated version… I love following the dots along, and wonder if this is the sort of thing that people with synæsthesia can ‘see and hear’? How wonderful, and frightening, that must be! I even appreciate how slightly staccato this rendition is… it feels a touch 80’s Atari computer game!

I really enjoyed and appreciated watching the great (and he looks great in his tails) Karl Richter battle with a stunning and resonate rendition here. I love the way it takes two to play this instrument… and Mr Richter does have an air of madness about him…

However I  have to remind myself that all this is only a shot step from this… and as evinced James Mason’s brilliant portrayal of Captain Nemo, it can get a bit much, and might drive you mad… plus I am not sure it will work on the Ukelele.

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