Celebrating the pipe organ, the King of Instruments
George Frideric Handel
1953 Aeolian-Skinner organ at Riverside Church, New York, NY
The German-born English celebrity, George Frideric Handel [1685-1759], knew how to entrance audiences and generate publicity, as his Opus 4 organ concertos proved.
G.F. HANDEL: Organ Concerto in g/G, Opus 4, number 1 –Concerto Amsterdam, Jaap Schroeder; Daniel Chorzempa (1780 Künckel/Oud-Katholieke Parochie H.H. Anna en Maria, Haarlem, The Netherlands) PentaTone CD-5186-103
G.F. HANDEL: Spiritoso, from Organ Concerto in B-flat, Opus 4, number 2; Aria, Rejoice greatly, from Messiah –Suzie LeBlanc, soprano; Academie Baroque de Montréal, Alexander Weimann, conductor and organist (Helmuth Wolff positiv) ATMA ACD2215
G.F. HANDEL: Organ Concerto in F, Opus 4, number 4, movements 2 & 4 –Menuhin Festival Orchestra, Yehudi Menuhin; Simon Preston (1966 Flentrop/Queen Elizabeth Hall, London, England, UK) EMI Classics CDC 72676
G.F. HANDEL: Organ Concerto in g, Opus 4, number 3 –European Festival Orchestra, Valentin Reymond; Guy Bovet (1996 Saint Martin Organ Works/Collegiate Church, Neuchatel, Switzerland) Neuchatel CD-2002