Episode #1625

Handel with Care

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Sunday, June 26, 2016

This week on Pipedreams, host Michael Barone explores Handel's work for organ as well more modern pieces his output inspired. The program will air Sunday at 11 pm.

Handel himself was a renowned organ player, and wrote several concertos for the instrument. The works were so popular, the composer's publisher clamored for more. We'll hear excerpts from Concertos No. 2 and 5, as well as selections from his other works. Compositions by Percy Grainger, Paul Ayers and Adam Smith show inspiration from Handel.

Program Playlist (all works by Handel unless otherwise mentioned):

Organ Concerto No. 1 in G, Op. 4
La Divina Armonia Ensemble, Lorenzo Ghielmi (2007 Pradella/Santuario del Divin Prigioniero, Valle de Colorina, Italy)

Organ Concerto No. 5 in F, Op. 4, solo version; first and second movements
Calvert Johnson (1747 Parker/St. James Chapel, Great Packington, England, UK)

Organ Concerto No. 5, Op. 4, solo version; third and fourth movements (arr. William Thomas Best)
Lorenz Maycher (1955 Aeolian-Skinner/Trinity Episcopal, Bethlehem, PA)

Fugue in B Flat
Jennifer Bate (1693 Smith/Adlington Hall, Cheshire, England, UK)

"The Arrival of the Queen of Sheba" from Solomon
Paul Ayres (1998 Goetze & Gwynn/St. Jude’s-on-the-Hill, Hampstead Garden, London, England UK)

Alan Smith: Scherzo on Gospal 
Paul Ayres (1998 Goetze & Gwynn/St. Jude’s-on-the-Hill, Hampstead Garden, London, England UK)

Paul Ayres: The Departure of the Queen of Sheba
Paul Ayres (1998 Goetze & Gwynn/St. Jude’s-on-the-Hill, Hampstead Garden, London, England UK)

Percy Grainger: Handel in the Strand
William Saunders (1864 Henry Willi; 1931 Rutt/St. Mary-le-Tower, Ipswich, England, UK)

Overture, from Music for the Royal Fireworks (arr. Ashton)
Graham Ashton Brass Ensemble; Anthony Newman (1993 Mander/St. Ignatius Loyola RCC, New York, NY)

Additional music: Organ Concerto in F
Calvert Johnson (see above)

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