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E. Power Biggs plays Handel: The 16 Concertos & More / E. Power Biggs, organ; LPO; Adrian Boult; RPO; Charles Groves

Album Summary

>Handel, George Frideric : Organ Concerto in G minor, Op.4/1, HWV 289
>Handel, George Frideric : Organ Concerto in B flat major, Op.4/2, HWV 290
>Handel, George Frideric : Organ Concerto in G minor, Op.4/3, HWV 291
>Handel, George Frideric : Concertos (6) for Organ, Op. 4
>Handel, George Frideric : Concerto for Harp in B flat major, Op. 4 no 6/HWV 294
>Handel, George Frideric : Organ Concerto in B flat, Op.7/1, HWV 306
>Handel, George Frideric : Organ Concerto in A major, Op.7/2, HWV 307
>Handel, George Frideric : Organ Concerto in B flat, Op.7/3, HWV 308
>Handel, George Frideric : Organ Concerto Movement in D minor (Adagio)
>Handel, George Frideric : Organ Concerto Op. 7, no 5 (as used in the film "Got Rot Tunbridge Wells")
>Handel, George Frideric : Organ Concerto in B flat major, Op.7/6, HWV 311
>Handel, George Frideric : Organ Concerto in F major "Cuckoo & the Nightingale" (no 13), HWV 295
>Handel, George Frideric : Organ Concerto in A major (no 14), HWV 296a
>Handel, George Frideric : Organ Concerto in D minor (no 15), HWV 304
>Handel, George Frideric : Overture for solo keyboard in F minor, HWV 305b
>Handel, George Frideric : Alceste
>Handel, George Frideric : Semele
>Handel, George Frideric : Solomon
>Handel, George Frideric : Samson
>Handel, George Frideric : Forest Music, for violin & continuo in D major (spurious)
>Handel, George Frideric : Hercules
>Handel, George Frideric : Concerto a due cori no 2 in F major, HWV 333
>Handel, George Frideric : The Triumph of Time and Truth
>Handel, George Frideric : Concerto a due cori no 3 in F major, HWV 334
>Handel, George Frideric : Belshazzar
>Handel, George Frideric : Il Floridante
>Handel, George Frideric : Tolomeo
>Handel, George Frideric : Il parnasso in festa
>Handel, George Frideric : Il pastor fido
>Handel, George Frideric : Work(s)
>Handel, George Frideric : Saul
>Handel, George Frideric : Ezio
>Handel, George Frideric : Scipione
>Handel, George Frideric : Rodrigo
>Handel, George Frideric : Judas Maccabaeus
>Handel, George Frideric : Alcina
>Handel, George Frideric : Ode for St. Cecilia's Day
>Handel, George Frideric : Athalia
>Handel, George Frideric : Rinaldo
Performer Conductors Ensembles Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Drawn from the worldwide holdings of Sony Classical Music and re-mastered in 24bit High Resolution Audio, these smart, desirable and collectible multi-disc editions, replete with legendary artists, offer many of the finest, most sought-after recordings in the classical discography. The slender, shelf-friendly box frontages feature large, prominently displayed photos of the edition’s featured artist, work listings at the back, with the CDs themselves housed in protective sleeves that divulge the recording specifics for each performance. 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 programme 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 Biggs’s recordings of transcriptions from Handel’s oratorios and operas.

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Rudolf Serkin plays Schubert

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: London (03/1957/06/1957); St. James' Church, Great Packington, Warwickshire, Engl (03/1957/06/1957); London (07/1957); St. James' Church, Great Packington, Warwickshire, Engl (07/1957); London (09/22/1969-09/24/1969); St. James' Church, Great Packington, Warwickshire, Engl (09/22/1969-09/24/1969); London (1957); St. James' Church, Great Packington, Warwickshire, Engl (1957).



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>Handel, George Frideric : Organ Concerto in G minor, Op.4/1, HWV 289
  • Performer: E. Biggs (Organ)
  • Conductor: Adrian Boult
  • Ensemble: Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Running Time: 14 min. 22 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: circa 1735-1736

>Handel, George Frideric : Organ Concerto in B flat major, Op.4/2, HWV 290
  • Performer: E. Biggs (Organ)
  • Conductor: Adrian Boult
  • Ensemble: London Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Running Time: 8 min. 18 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1735

>Handel, George Frideric : Organ Concerto in G minor, Op.4/3, HWV 291
  • Performer: E. Biggs (Organ)
  • Conductor: Adrian Boult
  • Running Time: 8 min. 33 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1735

>Handel, George Frideric : Concertos (6) for Organ, Op. 4
  • Performer: E. Biggs (Organ)
  • Conductor: Adrian Boult
  • Running Time: 15 min. 28 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1735

>Handel, George Frideric : Concertos (6) for Organ, Op. 4
  • Performer: E. Biggs (Organ)
  • Conductor: Adrian Boult
  • Running Time: 7 min. 33 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1735

>Handel, George Frideric : Concerto for Harp in B flat major, Op. 4 no 6/HWV 294
  • Performer: E. Biggs (Organ)
  • Conductor: Adrian Boult
  • Notes: Composition written: 1736.
  • Running Time: 9 min. 4 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1736

>Handel, George Frideric : Organ Concerto in B flat, Op.7/1, HWV 306
  • Performer: E. Biggs (Organ)
  • Conductor: Adrian Boult
  • Running Time: 11 min. 17 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1740

>Handel, George Frideric : Organ Concerto in A major, Op.7/2, HWV 307
  • Performer: E. Biggs (Organ)
  • Conductor: Adrian Boult
  • Running Time: 10 min. 20 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1743

>Handel, George Frideric : Organ Concerto in B flat, Op.7/3, HWV 308
  • Performer: E. Biggs (Organ)
  • Conductor: Adrian Boult
  • Running Time: 9 min. 52 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1751

>Handel, George Frideric : Organ Concerto Movement in D minor (Adagio)
  • Performer: E. Biggs (Organ)
  • Conductor: Adrian Boult
  • Running Time: 8 min. 10 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: circa 1744

>Handel, George Frideric : Organ Concerto Op. 7, no 5 (as used in the film "Got Rot Tunbridge Wells")
  • Performer: E. Biggs (Organ)
  • Conductor: Adrian Boult
  • Running Time: 10 min. 59 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1750

>Handel, George Frideric : Organ Concerto in B flat major, Op.7/6, HWV 311
  • Performer: E. Biggs (Organ)
  • Conductor: Adrian Boult
  • Running Time: 7 min. 2 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: circa 1749

>Handel, George Frideric : Organ Concerto in F major "Cuckoo & the Nightingale" (no 13), HWV 295
  • Performer: E. Biggs (Organ)
  • Conductor: Adrian Boult
  • Notes: Composition written: 1739.
  • Running Time: 9 min. 16 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1739

>Handel, George Frideric : Organ Concerto in A major (no 14), HWV 296a
  • Performer: E. Biggs (Organ)
  • Conductor: Adrian Boult
  • Running Time: 13 min. 11 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1739

>Handel, George Frideric : Organ Concerto in D minor (no 15), HWV 304
  • Performer: E. Biggs (Organ)
  • Conductor: Adrian Boult
  • Running Time: 9 min. 6 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1746

>Handel, George Frideric : Overture for solo keyboard in F minor, HWV 305b
  • Performer: E. Biggs (Organ)
  • Conductor: Adrian Boult
  • Running Time: 10 min. 4 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: circa 1747

>Handel, George Frideric : Alceste :: Act 1. Grand entrée
  • Performer: E. Biggs (Organ)
  • Conductor: Charles Groves
  • Notes: St. James' Church, Great Packington, Warwickshire, England (09/22/1969-09/24/1969)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 51 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1750

>Handel, George Frideric : Semele :: Act 2. Where'er you walk
  • Performer: E. Biggs (Organ)
  • Conductor: Charles Groves
  • Notes: St. James' Church, Great Packington, Warwickshire, England (09/22/1969-09/24/1969)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 14 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 1743

>Handel, George Frideric : Solomon :: Act 3. Sinfonia. The Arrival of the Queen of Sheba
  • Performer: E. Biggs (Organ)
  • Conductor: Charles Groves
  • Notes: St. James' Church, Great Packington, Warwickshire, England (09/22/1969-09/24/1969)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 35 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 1748

>Handel, George Frideric : Samson :: Menuet (Sinfonia)
  • Performer: E. Biggs (Organ)
  • Conductor: Charles Groves
  • Notes: St. James' Church, Great Packington, Warwickshire, England (09/22/1969-09/24/1969)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 51 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 1741

>Handel, George Frideric : Forest Music, for violin & continuo in D major (spurious)
  • Performer: E. Biggs (Organ)
  • Conductor: Charles Groves
  • Notes: St. James' Church, Great Packington, Warwickshire, England (09/22/1969-09/24/1969)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 32 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Handel, George Frideric : Hercules :: Act 1. March
  • Performer: E. Biggs (Organ)
  • Conductor: Charles Groves
  • Notes: St. James' Church, Great Packington, Warwickshire, England (09/22/1969-09/24/1969)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 42 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 1744

>Handel, George Frideric : Concerto a due cori no 2 in F major, HWV 333
  • Performer: E. Biggs (Organ)
  • Conductor: Charles Groves
  • Notes: St. James' Church, Great Packington, Warwickshire, England (09/22/1969-09/24/1969)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 29 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: circa 1747-1748

>Handel, George Frideric : The Triumph of Time and Truth :: Sonata
  • Performer: E. Biggs (Organ)
  • Conductor: Charles Groves
  • Notes: St. James' Church, Great Packington, Warwickshire, England (09/22/1969-09/24/1969)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 47 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 1757

>Handel, George Frideric : Concerto a due cori no 3 in F major, HWV 334
  • Performer: E. Biggs (Organ)
  • Conductor: Charles Groves
  • Notes: St. James' Church, Great Packington, Warwickshire, England (09/22/1969-09/24/1969)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 35 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: circa 1747-1748

>Handel, George Frideric : Belshazzar :: Act 3. Martial Symphony
  • Performer: E. Biggs (Organ)
  • Conductor: Charles Groves
  • Notes: St. James' Church, Great Packington, Warwickshire, England (09/22/1969-09/24/1969)
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 1744

>Handel, George Frideric : Il Floridante :: Act 1. March A
  • Performer: E. Biggs (Organ)
  • Conductor: Charles Groves
  • Notes: St. James' Church, Great Packington, Warwickshire, England (09/22/1969-09/24/1969)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 7 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1721

>Handel, George Frideric : Il Floridante :: Act 1. March B
  • Performer: E. Biggs (Organ)
  • Conductor: Charles Groves
  • Notes: St. James' Church, Great Packington, Warwickshire, England (09/22/1969-09/24/1969)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 15 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1721

>Handel, George Frideric : Tolomeo :: Ouverture
  • Performer: E. Biggs (Organ)
  • Conductor: Charles Groves
  • Notes: St. James' Church, Great Packington, Warwickshire, England (09/22/1969-09/24/1969)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 28 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1728

>Handel, George Frideric : Il parnasso in festa :: Largo
  • Performer: E. Biggs (Organ)
  • Conductor: Charles Groves
  • Notes: St. James' Church, Great Packington, Warwickshire, England (09/22/1969-09/24/1969)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 33 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1734

>Handel, George Frideric : Il pastor fido :: Mvt. 3. Allegro
  • Performer: E. Biggs (Organ)
  • Conductor: Charles Groves
  • Notes: St. James' Church, Great Packington, Warwickshire, England (09/22/1969-09/24/1969)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 24 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Handel, George Frideric : Work(s) :: March
  • Performer: E. Biggs (Organ)
  • Conductor: Charles Groves
  • Notes: St. James' Church, Great Packington, Warwickshire, England (09/22/1969-09/24/1969)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 8 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Handel, George Frideric : Saul :: Act 3. Dead march
  • Performer: E. Biggs (Organ)
  • Conductor: Charles Groves
  • Notes: St. James' Church, Great Packington, Warwickshire, England (09/22/1969-09/24/1969)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 30 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 1738

>Handel, George Frideric : Ezio :: Act 1. March
  • Performer: E. Biggs (Organ)
  • Conductor: Charles Groves
  • Notes: St. James' Church, Great Packington, Warwickshire, England (09/22/1969-09/24/1969)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 5 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1732

>Handel, George Frideric : Scipione :: Act 1. March
  • Performer: E. Biggs (Organ)
  • Conductor: Charles Groves
  • Notes: St. James' Church, Great Packington, Warwickshire, England (09/22/1969-09/24/1969)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 48 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1726

>Handel, George Frideric : Rodrigo :: Passacaille (Ouverture)
  • Performer: E. Biggs (Organ)
  • Conductor: Charles Groves
  • Notes: St. James' Church, Great Packington, Warwickshire, England (09/22/1969-09/24/1969)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 56 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1707

>Handel, George Frideric : Judas Maccabaeus :: March no 1 "See the conqu'ring hero comes!"
  • Performer: E. Biggs (Organ)
  • Conductor: Charles Groves
  • Notes: St. James' Church, Great Packington, Warwickshire, England (09/22/1969-09/24/1969)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 45 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 1746

>Handel, George Frideric : Judas Maccabaeus :: March no 2
  • Performer: E. Biggs (Organ)
  • Conductor: Charles Groves
  • Notes: St. James' Church, Great Packington, Warwickshire, England (09/22/1969-09/24/1969)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 18 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 1746

>Handel, George Frideric : Alcina :: Act 1. Chorus "Questo è il cielo"
  • Performer: E. Biggs (Organ)
  • Conductor: Charles Groves
  • Notes: St. James' Church, Great Packington, Warwickshire, England (09/22/1969-09/24/1969)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 41 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1735

>Handel, George Frideric : Ode for St. Cecilia's Day :: Act 1. March
  • Performer: E. Biggs (Organ)
  • Conductor: Charles Groves
  • Notes: St. James' Church, Great Packington, Warwickshire, England (09/22/1969-09/24/1969)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 45 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1739

>Handel, George Frideric : Athalia :: Part 1. Chorus "The gods, who chosen blessings shed"
  • Performer: E. Biggs (Organ)
  • Conductor: Charles Groves
  • Notes: St. James' Church, Great Packington, Warwickshire, England (09/22/1969-09/24/1969)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 17 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 1733

>Handel, George Frideric : Rinaldo :: Act 3. March
  • Performer: E. Biggs (Organ)
  • Conductor: Charles Groves
  • Notes: St. James' Church, Great Packington, Warwickshire, England (09/22/1969-09/24/1969)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 12 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1711