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Please select one(s) with which you are most familiar or like the best

  • Theo Brandmuller's 1981 Concerto

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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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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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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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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.


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.
 
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