Celebrating the pipe organ, the King of Instruments
2003 Blackinton at Benson Great Hall, Bethel University, Saint Paul, MN
1754 Dom Bedos–1985 Quoirin at Abbatiale Saine-Croix, Bordeaux, France
1981 Schuke at Gewandhaus, Leipzig
1926 Willis at Liverpool Anglican Cathedral, England
…beyond the standard repertoire, many extraordinary works for organ and instruments remain to be (re)discovered.
CALVIN HAMPTON: Concerto for Organ and Strings (1980) -- AGO Festival Orchestra/Philip Brunelle, conductor; Stephen Cleobury (2003 Blackinton/Benson Great Hall, Bethel University, Saint Paul, MN) Pipedreams Archive (4. 6/24/08)
STEPHEN PAULUS: Grand Concerto for Organ and Orchestra (Organ Concerto No. 3, 2004) –AGO Festival Orchestra/Philip Brunelle, conductor; James Diaz (2003 Blackinton/Benson Great Hall, Bethel University, Saint Paul, MN) Pipedreams Archive (4. 6/24/08)
GEORG WAGENSEIL: Organ Concerto No. 5 in B-flat –SW German Chamber Orchestra, Pforzheim/Vadislav Czarnecki, director; Stefan Johannes Bleicher (1733 Vischer/Sts. Peter & Paul Church, Mössingen, Germany) ebs 6089
ERNST KRENEK: Little Concerto for Piano, Organ and Chamber Orchestra, Op. 88 –Leipzig Radio Orchestra/Horst Neumann, conductor; Felix Friedrich (1981 Schuke/Gewandhaus, Leipzig) Querstand 9601
The premiere of the Concerto for Organ and Strings by Calvin Hampton was featured in one of the earliest PIPEDREAMS broadcasts back in 1982. Hear it here, along with the composer’s insightful commentary.
We also broadcast the premiere of the First Organ Concerto by Stephen Paulus which, like the Hampton piece, was a commission of the American Guild of Organists. Its success occasioned numerous subsequent Paulus commissions for organ solos, duets, and concertos, including today's Grand Concerto.
The 1992 premiere of the First Organ Concerto appears on our compact disc, Pipedreams Premieres, Volume 2 and also in our program archive, as does the premiere in 2002 of the Second Organ Concerto (for organ, orchestra and chorus).