1991 Letourneau organ at West End Christian Reformed Church, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.
1991 Letourneau organ at West End Christian Reformed Church, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.
Photo–King’s University

Concertos #1205

…whether with chamber orchestra, symphonic ensemble, or just one partner player, the idea of an ‘organ concert’ is totally engaging.

Hour 1

G.F. HANDEL: Organ Concerto Number 12 in B-flat, Opus 7, number 6 –Menuhin Festival Orchestra, Yehudi Menuhin, conductor; Simon Preston (Mander chamber organ) EMI Classics CDC 72637

JOHN STANLEY: Organ Concerto in d, Opus 2, number 4 –Ensemble ‘Pian & Forte’; Antonio Frigé (1989 Klopp chamber organ) Nuova Era CD-7019

PADRE ANTONIO SOLER: Concerto Number 5 in A for Two Organs –Tini Mathot, Ton Koopman (1757 Nacchini & 1785 Callido/Basilica Lateranense di Maria SS. Della Misericordia, Sant’Elpidio a Mare, Italy) Erato ECD-45741

JOSEF RHEINBERGER: Organ Concert Number 2 in g, Opus 177 –Aarhus Symphony Orchestra, Giancarlo Andretta, conductor; Ulrik Spang-Hanssen (2010 Klais/Symphony Hall, Århus, Denmark) Pipedreams Archive recorded December 2, 2010

Filler –G.F. HANDEL (see above)

Hour 2

ANTONIO VIVALDI (arranged by Todorovski): Concerto in d, Opus 4, number 6 –Catherine Todorovski (1982 Grenzing/St. Cyprien Abbey, Périgord, France) Syrius CD-141373

JEAN LANGLAIS: Piece in Free Form for Strings Quartet and Organ [1981] –Ciompi Quartet; Marilyn Keiser (1997 Casavant/First Baptist Church, Mount Gilead, NC) Pro Organo CD 7143

JACOBUS KLOPPERS: Concerto for Organ, Strings and Timpani [1991] –Edmonton Ensemble, Michael Massey, conductor; Marnie Giesbrecht (1991 Letourneau/West End Christian Reformed Church, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada) Arktos CD-94002

Filler –JOSEPH RHEINBERGER (see above)

Though orchestras seem incapable of programming other than the famous Symphony Number 3 by Saint-Saëns and, sometimes, the Concerto in G-minor by Poulenc, they do have options, and you'd be amazed by the number of compositions, from the 18 th century to our time, that feature organ with orchestra!