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Celebrating the pipe organ, the King of Instruments

George Fredric Handel
George Fredric Handel

Some Handel Bars

When George Fredric Handel needed to draw crowds to performances of his new oratorios, he discovered that they’d come to see HIM play the organ. Now that’s star-power. And although the ravages of time have been less kind to some of his contemporaries, Handel’s concertos, and specifically those written for the organ, are still among the most delightful concert works ever devised from that period.

Program Broadcast dates:

  • November 13, 2000

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Music played in the program

G.F. HANDEL: Concerto a due cori in F –German Natural Horn Soloists Ensemble; Franz Raml (1785 Holzhey/Klosterkirche Sankt Verena, Rot-an-der-Rot, Germany) Dabringhaus und Grimm MDG 605 0762

G.F. HANDEL: Organ Concerto Number 8 in A, Opus 7, number 2 –Concerto Amsterdam, Jaap Schröder, conductor; Daniel Chorzempa (1780 Künckel/Oud-Katholieke Parochie H.H. Anna en Maria, Haarlem, The Netherlands) MHS CD-522466

G.F. HANDEL (?): Aria –Mstislav Rostropovich, cello; Herbert Tachezi (1991 Mander/St. Giles Cripplegate, London, England, UK) Teldec CD-77308

G.F. HANDEL: 4 Pieces for Musical Clock –Olivier Latry (1745 Stumm/Pauluskirche, Kirchheimbolanden, Germany) BNL 112792

G.F. HANDEL: Minuet, from BereniceHerman van Vliet (1845 Naber/Sint Joriskerk, Amersfoort, The Netherlands) Festivo FECD-118

G.F. HANDEL: Rinaldo Overture –Pastor de Lasala (1882 Forster & Andrews/Sacred Heart Church, Mosman, Australia) MOA CD-002

G.F. HANDEL: March, from The Occasional Oratorio –Richard Cummins (1926 Skinner; 1980 Möller/Greene Memorial UMC, Roanoke, VA) GMUMC CD-25198

G.F. HANDEL: Organ Concerto in g, Opus 7, number 5 –Brandenburg Consort, Roy Goodman, conductor; Paul Nicholson (1994 Goetze & Gwynn/St. Lawrence, Whitchurch, Edgware, England, UK) Hyperion CDA67291/2

G.F. HANDEL: Royal Fireworks Suite –Collegium Antiquum, Mary Jane Newman, conductor; Anthony Newman (Berkshire; 1993 Russell additions/Mount Kisco Presbyterian, Mount Kisco, NY) Becker CD-940