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E. Power Biggs plays Handel: The 16 Concertos and More

Handel / Biggs,E. Power
Release Date: 07/10/2015 
Label:  Sony   Catalog #: 88875051822   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  George Frideric Handel
Performer:  E. Power Biggs
Conductor:  Sir Adrian BoultSir Charles Groves
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic OrchestraRoyal Philharmonic Orchestra
Number of Discs: 4 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 4 Hours 36 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

The great English organist E. Power Biggs studied at the Royal Academy of Music in London but emigrated to the US, where he performed widely. From 1942 to 1958 he broadcast a weekly radio program that brought the sound of organ music, particularly that of the Baroque, to an unprecedentedly large audience. For American Columbia he recorded a wide repertoire (even extending to Scott Joplin rags on the pedal harpsichord), but with a firm emphasis on Bach. Another celebrated Biggs project was his recording of the 16 Organ Concertos of Handel with the London Philharmonic under Sir Adrian Boult, performed on a 1749 organ at Great Packington, Warwickshire, which the composer himself frequently played. This new 4-CD Masters box also contains Read more Biggs’s recordings of transcriptions from Handel’s oratorios and operas. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Concertos (6) for Organ, Op. 4: no 1 in G minor, HWV 289 by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  E. Power Biggs (Organ)
Conductor:  Sir Adrian Boult
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1736; London, England 
2.
Concertos (6) for Organ, Op. 4: no 2 in B flat major, HWV 290 by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  E. Power Biggs (Organ)
Conductor:  Sir Adrian Boult
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1735; London, England 
3.
Concertos (6) for Organ, Op. 4: no 3 in G minor, HWV 291 by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  E. Power Biggs (Organ)
Conductor:  Sir Adrian Boult
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1735; London, England 
4.
Concertos (6) for Organ, Op. 4: no 4 in F major, HWV 292 by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  E. Power Biggs (Organ)
Conductor:  Sir Adrian Boult
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1735; London, England 
5.
Concertos (6) for Organ, Op. 4: no 5 in F major, HWV 293 by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  E. Power Biggs (Organ)
Conductor:  Sir Adrian Boult
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1735; London, England 
6.
Concertos (6) for Organ, Op. 4: no 6 in B flat major, HWV 294 by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  E. Power Biggs (Organ)
Conductor:  Sir Adrian Boult
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1736; London, England 
7.
Concertos (6) for Organ, Op. 7: no 1 in B flat major, HWV 306 by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  E. Power Biggs (Organ)
Conductor:  Sir Adrian Boult
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1740; London, England 
8.
Concertos (6) for Organ, Op. 7: no 2 in A major, HWV 307 by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  E. Power Biggs (Organ)
Conductor:  Sir Adrian Boult
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1743; London, England 
9.
Concertos (6) for Organ, Op. 7: no 3 in B flat major, HWV 308 by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  E. Power Biggs (Organ)
Conductor:  Sir Adrian Boult
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1751; London, England 
10.
Concertos (6) for Organ, Op. 7: no 4 in D minor, HWV 309 by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  E. Power Biggs (Organ)
Conductor:  Sir Adrian Boult
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1750; London, England 
11.
Concertos (6) for Organ, Op. 7: no 5 in G minor, HWV 310 by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  E. Power Biggs (Organ)
Conductor:  Sir Adrian Boult
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1750; London, England 
12.
Concertos (6) for Organ, Op. 7: no 6 in B flat major, HWV 311 by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  E. Power Biggs (Organ)
Conductor:  Sir Adrian Boult
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1749; London, England 
13.
Concerto for Organ in F major, HWV 295 "Cuckoo and the Nightingale" by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  E. Power Biggs (Organ)
Conductor:  Sir Adrian Boult
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1739; London, England 
14.
Concerto for Organ in A major, HWV 296 by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  E. Power Biggs (Organ)
Conductor:  Sir Adrian Boult
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1739; London, England 
15.
Concerto for Organ in D minor, HWV 304 by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  E. Power Biggs (Organ)
Conductor:  Sir Adrian Boult
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1746; London, England 
16.
Concerto for Organ in F major, HWV 305a by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  E. Power Biggs (Organ)
Conductor:  Sir Adrian Boult
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1748; London, England 
17.
Alceste, HWV 45: Grand entrée by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  E. Power Biggs (Organ)
Conductor:  Sir Charles Groves
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1749-1750; England 
Date of Recording: 09/1969 
Venue:  St. James Church, Warwickshire, England 
18.
Semele, HWV 58: Where'er you walk by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  E. Power Biggs (Organ)
Conductor:  Sir Charles Groves
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1744; London, England 
Date of Recording: 09/1969 
Venue:  St. James Church, Warwickshire, England 
19.
Solomon, HWV 67: Arrival of the Queen of Sheba by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  E. Power Biggs (Organ)
Conductor:  Sir Charles Groves
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1749; London, England 
Date of Recording: 09/1969 
Venue:  St. James Church, Warwickshire, England 
20.
Samson, HWV 57: Minuet(s) by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  E. Power Biggs (Organ)
Conductor:  Sir Charles Groves
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1743; London, England 
Date of Recording: 09/1969 
Venue:  St. James Church, Warwickshire, England 
21.
Hercules, HWV 60: March in D major by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  E. Power Biggs (Organ)
Conductor:  Sir Charles Groves
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1745; London, England 
Date of Recording: 09/1969 
Venue:  St. James Church, Warwickshire, England 
22.
Concerto in F major, HWV 331 by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  E. Power Biggs (Organ)
Conductor:  Sir Charles Groves
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1722; London, England 
Date of Recording: 09/1969 
Venue:  St. James Church, Warwickshire, England 
23.
Concerto a due cori no 1 in B flat major, HWV 332 by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  E. Power Biggs (Organ)
Conductor:  Sir Charles Groves
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1746-1747; England 
Date of Recording: 09/1969 
Venue:  St. James Church, Warwickshire, England 
24.
Belshazzar, HWV 61: Martial Symphony by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  E. Power Biggs (Organ)
Conductor:  Sir Charles Groves
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1745; London, England 
Date of Recording: 09/1969 
Venue:  St. James Church, Warwickshire, England 
25.
Il Floridante, HWV 14: March "A" by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  E. Power Biggs (Organ)
Conductor:  Sir Charles Groves
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1721; London, England 
Date of Recording: 09/1969 
Venue:  St. James Church, Warwickshire, England 
26.
Il Floridante, HWV 14: March "B" by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  E. Power Biggs (Organ)
Conductor:  Sir Charles Groves
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1721; London, England 
Date of Recording: 09/1969 
Venue:  St. James Church, Warwickshire, England 
27.
Tolomeo, HWV 25: Overture by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  E. Power Biggs (Organ)
Conductor:  Sir Charles Groves
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1728; London, England 
Date of Recording: 09/1969 
Venue:  St. James Church, Warwickshire, England 
28.
Il parnasso in festa, HWV 73: Largo by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  E. Power Biggs (Organ)
Conductor:  Sir Charles Groves
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1734; London, England 
Date of Recording: 09/1969 
Venue:  St. James Church, Warwickshire, England 
29.
Il pastor fido, HWV 8a: Allegro by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  E. Power Biggs (Organ)
Conductor:  Sir Charles Groves
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1712/1734; London, England 
Date of Recording: 09/1969 
Venue:  St. James Church, Warwickshire, England 
30.
Saul, HWV 53: Dead March by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  E. Power Biggs (Organ)
Conductor:  Sir Charles Groves
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1738-1739; London, England 
Date of Recording: 09/1969 
Venue:  St. James Church, Warwickshire, England 
31.
Ezio, HWV 29: March by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  E. Power Biggs (Organ)
Conductor:  Sir Charles Groves
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1732; London, England 
Date of Recording: 09/1969 
Venue:  St. James Church, Warwickshire, England 
32.
Scipione, HWV 20: March by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  E. Power Biggs (Organ)
Conductor:  Sir Charles Groves
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1726; London, England 
Date of Recording: 09/1969 
Venue:  St. James Church, Warwickshire, England 
33.
Rodrigo, HWV 5: Passacaille by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  E. Power Biggs (Organ)
Conductor:  Sir Charles Groves
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1707; Italy 
Date of Recording: 09/1969 
Venue:  St. James Church, Warwickshire, England 
34.
Judas Maccabaeus, HWV 63: March by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  E. Power Biggs (Organ)
Conductor:  Sir Charles Groves
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1747; London, England 
Date of Recording: 09/1969 
Venue:  St. James Church, Warwickshire, England 
35.
Alcina, HWV 34: Questo č il cielo by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  E. Power Biggs (Organ)
Conductor:  Sir Charles Groves
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1735; London, England 
Date of Recording: 06/1969 
Venue:  St. James Church, Warwickshire, England 
36.
Ode for St Cecilia's Day, HWV 76: March by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  E. Power Biggs (Organ)
Conductor:  Sir Charles Groves
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1739; London, England 
Date of Recording: 09/1969 
Venue:  St. James Church, Warwickshire, England 
37.
Athalia, HWV 52: The gods, whose chosen blessings shed by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  E. Power Biggs (Organ)
Conductor:  Sir Charles Groves
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1733; London, England 
Date of Recording: 06/1969 
Venue:  St. James Church, Warwickshire, England 
38.
Triumph of Time and Truth, HWV 71: Sonata in D major by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  E. Power Biggs (Organ)
Conductor:  Sir Charles Groves
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1757; London, England 
Date of Recording: 09/1969 
Venue:  St. James Church, Warwickshire, England 
39.
Rinaldo, HWV 7: Excerpt(s) by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  E. Power Biggs (Organ)
Conductor:  Sir Charles Groves
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1711; London, England 

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  2 Customer Reviews )
 It's about time! September 5, 2015 By Ivan G. (East Elmhurst, NY) See All My Reviews "OK, let me get the negatives out of the way first. I have other sets in this series and the lack of a booklet or notes was not a casualty. But it is here. Why? Because the organ Biggs uses is one that Handel himself played, at the parish church of Great Packing- ton, England. The original LPs had the specification of the organ and extensive notes on the recording sessions (too long to go into here) but the backstory was so fascinating that it was a crime for Sony to omit this.That said, this release is long coming. Biggs' playing is idiomatic and full of vitality, one of his finest recordings. He equals if not surpasses all later accounts. The orchestral playing under Boult is equally idiomatic and supportive - it is heavier in texture than many are now used to, but this was the style in the 60's when this recording was made. The fourth disc is orchestral music from Handel operas and oratorios origi- nally on two LP's titled The Magnificent Mr. Handel. Sir Charles Groves conducts. At almost 80 minutes of music this is quite a bonus. Unless on is super picky,this release should satisfy both traditionalists and period buffs. Please don't let the large or- chestra deter you from buying this. Snap it up before it goes out of print - you won't be sorry! Sound quality is first-rate." Report Abuse
 lost wonders August 26, 2015 By Peter D. (Jersey City, NJ) See All My Reviews "On the rare occasions when I had a headache (twice in my life, actually), I put a stack of Handel Organ Concertos on the record player and let them do their soothing best to relieve it. That set was from the Musical Heritage Society, which licensed a lot of French recordings, so it may have been Marie-Claire Alain with Jean-Francois Paillard's orchestra. That wouldn't work in this set! Biggs and Boult perform with great vitality, and especially in the Opus 7 set, there's plenty of originality. The last CD of the set, with Groves, is just silly: they chopped lots of marches out of oratorios and such and arranged them for organ and orchestra. There are not quite 80 minutes of them, so there must have been two LPs! Unfortunately there is not one word of explanation. No booklet at all, and the works are listed only on the backs of the four cardboard sleeves in the box. No hint of where they were recorded or what organs were used, let alone their specifications." Report Abuse
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