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Celebrating the pipe organ, the King of Instruments

[Stephen Paulus][decorative stamp]
Stephen Paulus

[2003 Blackinton/Benson Great Hall, Bethel University, Saint Paul, MN][decorative stamp]
2003 Blackinton at Benson Great Hall, Bethel University, Saint Paul, MN

[1733 Vischer/Sts. Peter & Paul Church, Mössingen, Germany][decorative stamp]
1754 Dom Bedos–1985 Quoirin at Abbatiale Saine-Croix, Bordeaux, France

[1981 Schuke/Gewandhaus, Leipzig][decorative stamp]
1981 Schuke at Gewandhaus, Leipzig

[1926 Willis/Liverpool Anglican Cathedral, England][decorative stamp]
1926 Willis at Liverpool Anglican Cathedral, England

Still More Concertos

…beyond the standard repertoire, many extraordinary works for organ and instruments remain to be (re)discovered.

Audio Complete Show 1 hr 58 Min

Audio 1402 Hour 1 59:00 Min

Audio 1402 Hour 2 59:00 Min

Program Broadcast dates:

  • Week of January 13, 2014

Links and Resources:

Music played in the program

Hour 1

CALVIN HAMPTONConcerto 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 PAULUSGrand 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)

Hour 2

GEORG WAGENSEILOrgan Concerto No. 5 in B-flatSW German Chamber Orchestra, Pforzheim/Vadislav Czarnecki, director; Stefan Johannes Bleicher (1733 Vischer/Sts. Peter & Paul Church, Mössingen, Germany) ebs 6089

JEAN-FRANÇOIS TAPRAY:  Organ Concerto No. 3 –Baroque Ensemble of Nice/Gilbert Bezzina, director; Dominique Ferran (1754 Dom Bedos-1985 Quoirin/Abbatiale Saine-Croix, Bordeaux, France) K617 CD-079

ERNST KRENEKLittle Concerto for Piano, Organ and Chamber Orchestra, Op. 88Leipzig Radio Orchestra/Horst Neumann, conductor; Felix Friedrich (1981 Schuke/Gewandhaus, Leipzig) Querstand 9601

CAMILLE SAINT-SAENSCypres et Lauriers, Op. 156BBC Philharmonic/Rumon Gamba, conductor; Ian Tracey (1926 Willis/Liverpool Anglican Cathedral, England) Chandos 5048



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).