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100 Best Organ Classics


Release Date: 02/26/2013 
Label:  Emi Classics   Catalog #: 332452   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Johann Sebastian BachGeorge Frideric HandelJeremiah ClarkeJohann Pachelbel,   ... 
Performer:  Nicolas KynastonNicholas KynastonNoel RawsthorneLionel Rogg,   ... 
Conductor:  Michel PlassonYehudi MenuhinGeorges Prêtre
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Toulouse Capitole OrchestraMenuhin Festival OrchestraOrchestre de la Société des Concerts du Conservato,   ... 
Number of Discs: 6 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

This 6-CD set contains 100 tracks of popular organ music from the catalogs of EMI Classics and Virgin Classics performed by some of the world’s finest organists on a wide variety of instruments from all over the UK and Continental Europe.

Each of the six CDs is devised as a concert program to make an enjoyable listening experience individually, or together to constitute a major collection of well-known organ works in a readily accessible form.

The first CD begins with a group of pieces by one of the greatest composers of all time and one who made a major contribution to the organ repertoire: Johann Sebastian Bach. The opening work is instantly recognisable as a piece of music heard in many films and television
Read more shows. Some experts believe that it may not have been written by Bach, but it is formally attributed to him. The other Bach pieces are followed by some attractive works by other composers of the Baroque era such as Buxtehude, Clérembault, and Couperin, and the CD ends with one of the signature pieces by Bach’s great contemporary, George Frideric Handel: the delightful organ concerto known as "The Cuckoo and the Nightingale."

The second CD begins with another Handel organ concerto and includes some arrangements for organ of lively tunes originally written for other instruments, such as Clarke’s famous "Trumpet Voluntary" and Mendelssohn’s Wedding March from his incidental music for A Midsummer Night’s Dream, a piece traditionally played at countless weddings at the end of the ceremony. After further works by composers such as Brahms, Schumann, and Saint-Saëns, we are back at another wedding ceremony with Widor’s striking Toccata that is also a favorite for a celebratory departure by the happy newlyweds.

CD 3 brings together a further selection of mainly French works, beginning with two pieces by the outstanding young composer Jehan Alain, who was tragically killed in action in the Second World War. After compositions by Duruflé, Böellmann, Mulet, and Franck, the program ends with the conclusion to the spectacular "Organ" Symphony by Saint-Saëns, with all the orchestral power of the Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse accompanying Matthias Eisenberg at the organ of Notre-Dame la Daurade Basilica, Toulouse.

The next CD brings us back to further representative solo works by Bach, preceded by a splendid organ concerto by Haydn recorded in Prague. After solos by Boëly, Mendelssohn, Reger, and Murrill, we return to Prague for a lively concerto by an Austrian contemporary of Mozart’s, Johann Albrechtsberger.

As well as compositions by Handel, Buxtehude, Boyce, and Sweelinck, CD 5 features a selection of organ works by Bach from the collection known as the Arnstadt Chorale Preludes, taken from the world-premiere recording of the Authentic Yale Edition played by Werner Jacob on the Silbermann organ in Arlesheim Cathedral, Switzerland.

The last CD covers works by more recent composers such as Poulenc, Messiaen, and Walton and, to demonstrate the versatility of the organ, concludes with some spirited arrangements of several perhaps unlikely works such as "Danse macabre" by Saint-Saëns, Sousa’s march "The Stars and Stripes Forever," and finally Wagner’s spectacular "Ride of the Valkyries." Read less

Works on This Recording

1. Toccata and Fugue in D minor, BWV 565: Toccata by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Nicolas Kynaston (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1708; Arnstadt, Germany 
Venue:  Coventry Cathedral 
Length: 3 Minutes 21 Secs. 
2. Toccata and Fugue in D minor, BWV 565: Fugue by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Nicolas Kynaston (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1708; Arnstadt, Germany 
Venue:  Coventry Cathedral 
Length: 6 Minutes 21 Secs. 
3. Fugue in G major, BWV 577 "Gigue" by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Nicholas Kynaston (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
Venue:  Bristol Cathedral, Bristol, England 
Length: 3 Minutes 7 Secs. 
4. Suite in D major: Prince of Denmark's March "Trumpet Voluntary" by Jeremiah Clarke
Performer:  Noel Rawsthorne (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
Written: England 
Venue:  Coventry Cathedral 
Length: 2 Minutes 47 Secs. 
5. Toccata for Keyboard in F major, BuxWV 157 by Dietrich Buxtehude
Performer:  Lionel Rogg (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1690; Germany 
Venue:  Saint-Nicolai de Kolding Church, Denmark 
Length: 4 Minutes 36 Secs. 
6. Midsummer Night's Dream, Op. 61: Wedding March by Felix Mendelssohn
Performer:  Noel Rawsthorne (Organ)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1842; Germany 
Venue:  Coventry Cathedral 
Length: 4 Minutes 53 Secs. 
7. Prelude and Fugue for Organ in G minor, WoO 10 by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Viktor Lukas (Organ)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1856-1857; Germany 
Venue:  Evangelical Church, Bayreuth, Germany 
Length: 5 Minutes 59 Secs. 
8. Military Marches (3) for Piano 4 hands, D 733/Op. 51: no 1 in D major by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Noel Rawsthorne (Organ)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1818; Vienna, Austria 
Venue:  Coventry Cathedral 
Length: 5 Minutes 4 Secs. 
9. Etudes (6) in Canon Form for Pedal Piano, Op. 56: no 5 in B minor by Robert Schumann
Performer:  Nicholas Kynaston (Organ)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1845; Germany 
Venue:  Royal Albert Hall, London 
Length: 2 Minutes 45 Secs. 
10. Athalie, Op. 74: War March of the priests by Felix Mendelssohn
Performer:  Nicholas Kynaston (Organ)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1845; Germany 
Venue:  Royal Albert Hall, London 
Length: 5 Minutes 52 Secs. 
11. Fantasy for Organ in E flat major by Camille Saint-Saëns
Performer:  Nicholas Kynaston (Organ)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1857; France 
Venue:  Royal Albert Hall, London 
Length: 5 Minutes 2 Secs. 
12. Concert Overture for organ in C minor by Alfred Hollins
Performer:  Wayne Marshall (Organ)
Venue:  Coventry Cathedral 
Length: 6 Minutes 37 Secs. 
13. Symphony for Organ no 5 in f minor, Op. 42 no 1: 5th movement, Toccata by Charles-Marie Widor
Performer:  Fernando Germani (Organ)
Period: Romantic 
Written: ?1880; Paris, France 
Venue:  Selby Abbey, Yorkshire, England 
Length: 5 Minutes 10 Secs. 
14. Toccata in F major for organ by Jules Grison
Performer:  Jane Parker-Smith (Organ)
Venue:  Salisbury Cathedral, Salisbury, England 
Length: 5 Minutes 44 Secs. 
15. Toccata for organ in B minor by Eugene Gigout
Performer:  Nicholas Kynaston (Organ)
Period: Modern 
Written: circa 1900; France 
Venue:  Royal Albert Hall, London 
Length: 3 Minutes 0 Secs. 
16. Suite Gothique, Op. 25: 3rd movement, Prière à Notre Dame by Léon Boëllmann
Performer:  Frederic Bayco (Organ)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1895; France 
Venue:  Holy Trinity Church, Paddington, London, 
Length: 4 Minutes 8 Secs. 
17. Carillon sortie on "Tu Es Petra" for organ in D major by Henri Mulet
Performer:  Wayne Marshall (Organ)
Period: Modern 
Written: 1911; France 
Venue:  Coventry Cathedral 
Length: 4 Minutes 5 Secs. 
18. Etude de concert for Organ by Joseph Bonnet
Performer:  Nicholas Kynaston (Organ)
Period: 20th Century 
Venue:  Royal Albert Hall, London 
Length: 3 Minutes 39 Secs. 
19. Chorales (3) for Organ: no 1 in E major, M 38 by César Franck
Performer:  Fernando Germani (Organ)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1890; France 
Venue:  Selby Abbey, Yorkshire, England 
Length: 14 Minutes 38 Secs. 
20. Symphony no 3 in C minor, Op. 78 "Organ": Maestoso/Allegro "Finale" by Camille Saint-Saëns
Performer:  Matthias Eisenberg (Organ)
Conductor:  Michel Plasson
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Toulouse Capitole Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1886; France 
Venue:  Basilique Notre-Dame la Daurade, Toulous 
Length: 8 Minutes 11 Secs. 
21. Grand choeur dialogué for organ by Eugene Gigout
Performer:  Nicholas Kynaston (Organ)
Period: Modern 
Written: France 
Venue:  Royal Albert Hall, London 
Length: 6 Minutes 5 Secs. 
22. Concerto for Organ in F major, HWV 295 "Cuckoo and the Nightingale" by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Simon Preston (Organ), Colin Tilney (Harpsichord)
Conductor:  Yehudi Menuhin
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Menuhin Festival Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1739; London, England 
23. Concertos (6) for Organ, Op. 4: no 5 in F major, HWV 293 by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Simon Preston (Organ)
Conductor:  Yehudi Menuhin
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Menuhin Festival Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1735; London, England 
24. Concertos (6) for Organ, Op. 4: no 4 in F major, HWV 292 - 1st movement, Allegro by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Simon Preston (Organ), Valda Aveling (Harpsichord)
Conductor:  Yehudi Menuhin
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Menuhin Festival Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1735; London, England 
25. Capriccio sopra il cucu by Johann Kaspar Kerll
Performer:  Lionel Rogg (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 17th Century; Germany 
26. Chorale Preludes (11) for Organ, Op. 122: no 8, Es ist ein Ros entsprungen by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Philip Marshall (Organ)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1896; Austria 
27. Danse macabre in G minor, Op. 40 by Camille Saint-Saëns
Performer:  Wayne Marshall (Organ)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1874; France 
28. Un ballo in maschera: Act 1 Prelude by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Wayne Marshall (Organ)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1859; Italy 
29. Concerto for Organ solo in A minor, BWV 593 (after Vivaldi) by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Nicolas Kynaston (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1708-1717; Weimar, Germany 
30. Prelude et fugue sur le nom d'Alain, Op. 7 by Maurice Duruflé
Performer:  Melville Cook (Organ)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1942; France 
31. Suite Gothique, Op. 25: 4th movement, Toccata in C minor by Léon Boëllmann
Performer:  Guy Morançon (Organ)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1895; France 
32. Concerto for Organ solo in D minor, BWV 596 (after Vivaldi): 2nd movement, Largo e spiccato by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Fernando Germani (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1708-1717; Weimar, Germany 
33. Premier livre d'orgue contenant deux suites: Suite du deuxième ton - no 7, Caprice sur le grand jeux by Louis-Nicolas Clérambault
Performer:  Marie-Madeleine Duruflé (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1710; France 
34. Messe propre pour les couvents de religieux et religieuses: Offertoire sur les grands jeux by François Couperin
Performer:  Maurice Duruflé (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1690 
35. Concerto for Organ, Strings and Timpani in G minor: 1st movement, Andante by Francis Poulenc
Performer:  Maurice Duruflé (Organ)
Conductor:  Georges Prêtre
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestre de la Société des Concerts du Conservato
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1938; France 
36. L'Ascension, 4 Meditations for Organ: 3rd movement, Transports de joie d'une âme devant la gloire... by Olivier Messiaen
Performer:  Stephen Cleobury (Organ)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1934; France 
37. Chorale Improvisations (66) for Organ, Op. 65: no 59, Nun danket alle Gott "Marche triomphale" by Sigfrid Karg-Elert
Performer:  Stephen Cleobury (Organ)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1908-1910; Germany 
38. Toccata for Organ by Robert Prizeman
Performer:  Stephen Cleobury (Organ)
Period: 20th Century 
39. L'orgue mystique, Op. 55: Suite no 8, 1st Sunday after Epiphany - no 5, Fantaisie-chorale by Charles Tournemire
Performer:  André Marchal (Organ)
40. Toccata by Joseph Jongen
Performer:  Jan Valach (Organ)
41. Prelude by Arthur Milner
Performer:  Conrad Eden (Organ)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: England 
42. Coronation March "Crown Imperial" by Sir William Walton
Performer:  Ian Tracey (Organ)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1937; England 
43. Tuba Tune for Organ by Norman Cocker
Performer:  Ian Tracey (Organ)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: by 1922; England 
44. Water Music Suite no 2 in D major, HWV 349: no 2, Alla Hornpipe by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Ian Tracey (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1715-1717; London, England 
45. Trumpet Tune and Air by Henry Purcell
Performer:  Ian Tracey (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
46. Trumpet Tune by Henry Purcell
Performer:  Ian Tracey (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
Written: England 
47. Elegy for Organ by Sir George Thalben-Ball
Performer:  Ian Tracey (Organ)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1918; England 
48. Concerto for Organ in C major by Franz Joseph Haydn
Performer:  Jane Parker-Smith (Organ)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Prague Chamber Orchestra
Period: Classical 
49. Concerto for Organ in B flat major: 3rd movment, Allegro by Johann Georg Albrechtsberger
Performer:  Jane Parker-Smith (Organ)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Prague Chamber Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1762; Austria 
50. Concerto for Keyboard in F major, H 18 no 7 by Franz Joseph Haydn
Performer:  Jane Parker-Smith (Organ)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Prague Chamber Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: by 1766; Austria 
51. Nouveau livre de noëls (12), Op. 2: no 10, Noël grand-jeu et duo, Quand Dieu naquit à Noël by Louis-Claude Daquin
Performer:  Noel Rawsthorne (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1740; France 
52. Pieces (12) for Organ, Op. 59 "Orgelmesse": no 5, Toccata in D minor by Max Reger
Performer:  Noel Rawsthorne (Organ)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1901; Germany 
53. Aida: Grand March by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Noel Rawsthorne (Organ)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1871; Italy 
54. Stars and Stripes Forever by John Philip Sousa
Performer:  Noel Rawsthorne (Organ)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1897; USA 
55. Die Walküre: Ride of the Valkyries by Richard Wagner
Performer:  Noel Rawsthorne (Organ)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1856; Germany 
56. Pomp and Circumstance Marches (5), Op. 39: no 1 in D major by Sir Edward Elgar
Performer:  Noel Rawsthorne (Organ)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1901; England 
57. Chorale Preludes (6) BWV 645-650 "Schübler": no 1, Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme, BWV 645 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Noel Rawsthorne (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1748-1749; Leipzig, Germany 
58. Prelude and Fugue in C major, BWV 545 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Noel Rawsthorne (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1708-1717; Weimar, Germany 
59. Toccata in B minor by Alexandre Pierre Boëly
Performer:  Daniel Roth (Organ)
60. Variations for Keyboard on "Mein junges Leben" by Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck
Performer:  Sir Philip Ledger (Organ)
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 16th Century; Netherlands (Holland 
61. Voluntaries (10) for Keyboard: no 1 in D major "Trumpet Voluntary" by William Boyce
Performer:  Sir Philip Ledger (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 18th Century; England 
62. Orgelbüchlein: Wenn wir in höchsten Nöten sein, BWV 641 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Sir Philip Ledger (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1714; Weimar, Germany 
63. In dulci jubilo, BWV 729 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Sir Philip Ledger (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1708-1717; ?Weimar, Germany 
64. Sonatas (6) for Organ, Op. 65: no 3 in A major by Felix Mendelssohn
Performer:  Christopher Robinson (Organ)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1844-1845; Germany 
65. Partita for Organ, Op. 19 by William Mathias
Performer:  Christopher Robinson (Organ)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1962; Wales 
66. Entrée Pontificale, Op. 104 no 1 by Marco Enrico Bossi
Performer:  Heathcote Statham (Organ)
Period: Romantic 
Written: Italy 
67. Wir Christenleut, BWV 1090 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Werner Jacob (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
68. Orgelbüchlein: Herr Christ, der ein'ge Gottes-Sohn, BWV 601 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Werner Jacob (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1713-1717; Weimar, Germany 
69. Herr Gott, nun schleuss den Himmel, BWV 1092 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Werner Jacob (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
70. Durch Adams Fall ist ganz verderbt, BWV 1101 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Werner Jacob (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
71. Das alte Jahr vergangen ist, BWV 1091 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Werner Jacob (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
72. Christ, der du bist der helle Tag, BWV 1120 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Werner Jacob (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
73. Ach Herr, mich armen Sünder, BWV 742 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Werner Jacob (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
74. Praeludium for Keyboard in D minor, BuxWV 140 by Dietrich Buxtehude
Performer:  David Lepine (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1690; Germany 
75. Carillon for Organ by Herbert Murrill
Performer:  Simon Preston (Organ)
Period: 20th Century 
76. Trio Sonata for Organ no 5 in C major, BWV 529 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Herrick Bunney (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1727; Leipzig, Germany 
77. Fantasia super Valet will ich dir geben, BWV 735 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Herrick Bunney (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1708-1717; Weimar, Germany 
78. Der Tag, der ist so freudenreich, BWV 719 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Peter Hurford (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
79. Litanies for Organ, AWV 100/Op. 79 by Jehan-Ariste Alain
Performer:  Herrick Fox (Organ)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1937; France 
80. Le jardin suspendu for Organ, AWV 63 by Jehan-Ariste Alain
Performer:  Herrick Bunney (Organ)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1934; France 

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