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Saturday, June 20, 2015 Permalink

The Organ Connection

The organ in Boston's Symphony Hall


The organ has been called the “king of instruments,” and when it’s used in an orchestral work, the challenge is to keep it from overpowering everything else—unless, of course, that’s the point, as in the opening moments of Richard Strauss’s Festival Prelude for Organ.

It’s a challenge that’s been faced and met by a wide range of composers, as we’ll explore in this hour, with works by Handel, Haydn, Liszt, Saint-Saens, and Copland, among others.

CD Title Group/Artist Catalog # UPC
Strauss: Der Rosenkavlier Suite, etc Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra Telarc CD-80371 089408037122
Handel: 5 Organ Concertos Simon Preston, organ, English Concert Archiv D 150066 034571120522
Haydn: Concertos for Organ & Orchestra Albert de Klerk,organ,  Amsterdam Chamber Orchestra. Sony SBK 47660 074644766028
Liszt: Orchestral Works BBC BBC Music MM336 {none]
Saint-Saens:  Symphony
No. 3
Jean Guillou, organ,  San Francisco Symphony Philips 412 619-2 028941261922
Rheinberger: Organ Symphony, etc. Michael Murray, organ, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra Telarc CD-80136 089408013621
Richard Strauss:  Also Sprach Zarathustra, etc. San Francisco Symphony London/Decca 289 448 815-2 028944881523
Copland: Early Orchestral Works 1922-1935]   E. Power Biggs, organ, New York Philharmonic Sony SM2K 47232 0746447232
Poulenc: Piano Concerto etc. Peter Hurford, organ, Philharmonia Orchestra Decca 436 546-2 028943654623
Aho: Symphony No. 8 & Pergamon Lahti Symphony Orchestra BIS  BIS-CD-646 7318590006467

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