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Celebrating the pipe organ, the King of Instruments

[George Frideric Handel]
George Frideric Handel

[1953 Aeolian-Skinner organ, Opus 1118, at Riverside, New York, New York]
1953 Aeolian-Skinner organ at Riverside Church, New York, NY

[1996 Saint Martin at the Collegiate Church, Neuchatel, Switzerland]
1996 Saint Martin at the Collegiate Church, Neuchatel, Switzerland

Getting a Handel On It

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.

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Program Broadcast dates:

  • Week of September 11, 2006

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Music played in the program

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 MessiahSuzie LeBlanc, soprano; Academie Baroque de Montréal, Alexander Weimann, conductor and organist (Helmuth Wolff positiv) ATMA ACD2215

G.F. HANDEL (arranged by Virgil Fox): movement 1 Allegro, from Organ Concerto in F Opus 4, number 4 –Virgil Fox (1953 Aeolian-Skinner/Riverside, New York, NY) BMG/RCA CD-61251

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

G.F. HANDEL: Organ Concerto in B-flat, Opus 4, number 6 –London Philharmonic, Sir Adrian Boult; E. Power Biggs (1747 Parker/St. James Chapel, Great Packington, England, UK) CBS Odyssey MB3K 45825

G.F. HANDEL: Organ Concerto in F, Opus 4, number 5 –Concertgebouw Chamber Orchestra, Joshua Rifkin; Peter Hurford (1976 Blank/Bethlehem Church, Papendrecht, Netherlands) London/Decca 430 569