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Celebrating the pipe organ, the King of Instruments

1761 J.A. Silbermann organ at Arlesheim Cathedral
1761 J.A. Silbermann organ at Arlesheim Cathedral, Switzerland

Concertos a la Carte

We may properly give Handel credit for inventing the organ concert, but as this program reveals, Italian composers were on the scene, both before and afterwards. The true father of the ‘concerto proper’ was Arcangelo Corelli, whose grand works proved attractive to an English arranger. Vivaldi included the organ amongst groups of other solo instruments, and Bach transformed Vivaldi’s string pieces into recital music for virtuoso organists, who also are well served by Alfredo Casella’s Romantic Concerto from 1926, a sonorous extravagance.

Join us for this special collection, Concertos a la Carte.

Program Broadcast dates:

  • January 27, 2003

Music played in the program

ANTONIO VIVALDI: Concerto in d for Violin, Organ and Strings –J.C. Bach Akademie Chamber Players; Ingeborg Scheerer, violin; Johannes Geffert (Klais positive Organ) Fermate CD-20002

ANTONIO VIVALDI (arranged by J.S. BACH): Concerto in d, Opus 3. Number 11, S. 596, –Daniel Chorzempa (1761 J.A. Silbermann/Arlesheim Cathedral, Switzerland) Philips 412 116

ARCANGELO CORELLI (arranged by Thomas Billington): Concerto in F, Opus 6, number 12 –Edoardo Bellotti (1849 Callido/Villalta di Fagagna Parish, Undine, Italy) Discantica CD-04

ALFREDO CASELLA: Concerto Romano for Organ, Brass, Timpani and Strings [1926] –Sirius Brass; Tarno City Orchestra in Poland, Stanislaw Krawczywnski, conductor; Ulrich Meldau (1951 Kuhn/Parish Church, Enge, Switzerland) Motette CD MOT 40251