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  • Theo Brandmuller's 1981 Concerto

    0 0%
  • Ernst Krenek's 1982 Konzert No.2 opus 235

    2 18.18%
  • Marius Constant's 1988 Concerto for Barrel Organ

    2 18.18%
  • Marcel Landowski's 1993 Symphonie Concertante

    0 0%
  • Gunther Schuller's 1994 Concerto for Organ & Orch

    1 9.09%
  • Thierry Escaich's 1995 Concerto pour Orgue

    1 9.09%
  • Atsutada Otaka's 1999 Fantasy for Organ & Orch

    0 0%
  • other

    5 45.45%
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Thread: Do you have any favorite works for Organ & Orchestra from the 1980s & 1990s?

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    People! You've got to check out the Constant concerto. It is a powerful, imaginative and strangely beautiful/moving work. Marius Constant was a true master.

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    I have the Constant Barrel Organ Concerto (Constant really needs to be better known) but I voted for the Schuller because of its raw power.
    "Music in any generation is not what the public thinks of it but what the musicians make of it"....Virgil Thomson

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    Over 7 years of inactivity & disinterest, this thread is nonetheless receiving revision with an additional entry:

    "Firmamentum" - concerto for organ and orchestra (1985-1988) by Harri Viitanen.
    [this is on a 1997 BIS CD]

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    Quote Originally Posted by Prodromides View Post
    Over 7 years of inactivity & disinterest, this thread is nonetheless receiving revision with an additional entry:

    "Firmamentum" - concerto for organ and orchestra (1985-1988) by Harri Viitanen.
    [this is on a 1997 BIS CD]
    I'll bet you that half of the members even know this works exist
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    I voted other not having seem the 1980/1990 part of the title, my preference is for works from the 1700s, specifically the Organ concertos of John Stanley, (all on Youtube)
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    These are before the 80's, but my favorites are Joseph Jongen's "Symphonie Concertante for Organ and Orchestra and Camille Saint-Saenz Organ Symphony #3 "Organ". These are very difficult pieces and very beautiful. Jeremy Marchant, you make a good point, though, as to Messiaen. That was probably due more to his personal beliefs on the subject. But he is one of my favorite composers for organ literature, and his music is beautiful, but it takes a tremendous amount of skill and energy to play his literature. The Disney organ sounds good with an orchestra as does the CB Fisk in Segerstrom Center.

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    Oh, then there is the Poulenc. That is one for the ages.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ejw View Post
    Oh, then there is the Poulenc. That is one for the ages.
    BTW, this was the last piece played in a public performance by the late great Virgil Fox with the Dallas Symphonie on September 26th, 1980. He passed away on October 25, 1980. Just a side note.

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    I'll stick with the John Stanley organ and harpsichord concertos opus 2 and opus 10 from back in the 1700s - available on Youtube.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dorsetmike View Post
    I'll stick with the John Stanley organ and harpsichord concertos opus 2 and opus 10 from back in the 1700s - available on Youtube.
    Yes, those are great pieces. I love those.

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    Petr Eben - Organ Concerto no. 2 (1988)
    William Mathias - Organ Concerto, op. 91 (1984)
    Kalevi Aho - Symphony no. 8 for Organ & Orchestra (1993)
    Alun Hoddinott - Symphony no. 7 for Organ & Orchestra, op. 137 (1989)

    I`m not sure how concertante the latter two are but I thought they worth a mention. I don`t think the two works by the Welshmen were commercially recorded. Fortunately, there are live performances for both of them on YouTube. Unfortunately, they are not very good.

    I like all these works but Krenek is my favourite.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dorsetmike View Post
    I'll stick with the John Stanley organ and harpsichord concertos opus 2 and opus 10 from back in the 1700s - available on Youtube.
    I love playing the works of John Stanley. Most are light and airy ... refreshing to the soul.

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    I read this thread and saw someone referred to Saint-Saen's symphony as "horror."
    I am horrified. I need an explanation - and would appreciate it from anyone who can provide a coherent one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Anthony Korf View Post
    People! You've got to check out the Constant concerto. It is a powerful, imaginative and strangely beautiful/moving work. Marius Constant was a true master.
    I've only just noticed that Mr. Anthony Korf - who appears to have joined TC merely to post the above into this thread - is a co-founder of the Riverside Symphony who recorded an album of music by Marius Constant.

    https://youtu.be/ox4b8tRjVfw

    Realizing this clip is not directly related to organ concertos, I'm nonetheless glad for the (seemingly) slight connection between the input within TC thread content and visiting professionals programming concerts and/or producing recordings.
    Last edited by Prodromides; Aug-01-2021 at 23:58.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dorsetmike View Post
    I'll stick with the John Stanley organ and harpsichord concertos opus 2 and opus 10 from back in the 1700s - available on Youtube.
    The Stanley pieces are enjoyable to play also. John Blow as well.

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