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50 Best Organ Classics

Audio Samples

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Toccata and Fugue for Organ in D minor, BWV 565
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme, chorale prelude for organ (Schubler Chorale no 1), BWV 645 (BC K22
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Prelude and Fugue for Organ in C major, BWV 545
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Fugue for organ in G major, BWV 577 (BC J61)
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Concerto for Organ no 2 in A minor, BWV 593 (after Vivaldi)
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Concerto in D minor, BWV 596
>     3. Largo e spiccato
>Buxtehude, Dietrich : Toccata and Fugue for Organ in F major, BuxWV 157
>Daquin, Louis-Claude : Noel Grand Jeu et Duo, for organ
>Clérambault, Louis-Nicolas : Caprice sur les grands Jeux, for organ
>Couperin, François : Messe a l'usage des Couvents
>     Offertoire sur les grands jeux
>Corrette, Michel : Carillon for orchestra
>Handel, George Frideric : Organ Concerto in F major "Cuckoo & the Nightingale" (no 13), HWV 295
>Handel, George Frideric : Organ Concerto no 4 in F, Op. 4 no 4
>     1. Allegro
>Handel, George Frideric : Water Music Suite in D
>     Alla Hornpipe
>Purcell, Henry : Trumpet Tune (from "The Indian Queen (as Z. 630/4a")) for harpsichord in C major ZT 698
>Purcell, Henry : Air for keyboard in C major (discovered in 1993)
>Purcell, Henry : Trumpet Tune ("Cibell") for harpsichord in C major, ZT 678
>Kerll, Johann Kaspar : Capriccio sopra il cucu
>Clarke, Jeremiah : Prince of Denmark's March
>Haydn, Franz Joseph : Keyboard Concerto in F major, H. 18/F2
>Mendelssohn, Felix : A Midsummer Night's Dream
>     Wedding March
>Brahms, Johannes : Chorale Preludes (11) for Organ, Op. 122
>Schubert, Franz : March militaire
>Schumann, Robert : Etudes (6) in Canon Form for Pedal Piano, Op. 56
>Mendelssohn, Felix : Athalie
>     War march of the Priests
>Saint-Saëns, Camille : Fantasy for Organ in E flat major
>Hollins, Alfred : Concert Overture no 2
>Widor, Charles-Marie : Symphony no 5 in F minor, Op. 42 no 1
>     5. Toccata
>Alain, Jehan : Le jardin suspendu, for organ, JA 71 (AWV 63)
>Alain, Jehan : Litanies, for organ, JA 119 (AWV 100)
>Grison, Jules : Toccata in F major for organ
>Gigout, Eugene : Grand choeur dialogue for organ
>Gigout, Eugene : Toccata for organ in B minor
>Boëllmann, Léon : Suite gothique, Op. 25
>     Prière à Notre-Dame
>     Toccata
>Mulet, Henri : Byzantine Sketches (10) for Organ
>Duruflé, Maurice : Prelude et fugue sur le nom d'Alain, Op. 7
>Bonnet, Joseph : Etude de Concert for organ
>Franck, César : Chorals
>     Chorale no 1 in E
>Saint-Saëns, Camille : Symphony no 3 in C minor "Organ", Op. 78
>     Conclusion

Album Summary

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Toccata and Fugue for Organ in D minor, BWV 565
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme, chorale prelude for organ (Schubler Chorale no 1), BWV 645 (BC K22
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Prelude and Fugue for Organ in C major, BWV 545
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Fugue for organ in G major, BWV 577 (BC J61)
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Concerto for Organ no 2 in A minor, BWV 593 (after Vivaldi)
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Concerto in D minor, BWV 596
>Buxtehude, Dietrich : Toccata and Fugue for Organ in F major, BuxWV 157
>Daquin, Louis-Claude : Noel Grand Jeu et Duo, for organ
>Clérambault, Louis-Nicolas : Caprice sur les grands Jeux, for organ
>Couperin, François : Messe a l'usage des Couvents
>Corrette, Michel : Carillon for orchestra
>Handel, George Frideric : Organ Concerto in F major "Cuckoo & the Nightingale" (no 13), HWV 295
>Handel, George Frideric : Organ Concerto no 4 in F, Op. 4 no 4
>Handel, George Frideric : Water Music Suite in D
>Purcell, Henry : Trumpet Tune (from "The Indian Queen (as Z. 630/4a")) for harpsichord in C major ZT 698
>Purcell, Henry : Air for keyboard in C major (discovered in 1993)
>Purcell, Henry : Trumpet Tune ("Cibell") for harpsichord in C major, ZT 678
>Kerll, Johann Kaspar : Capriccio sopra il cucu
>Clarke, Jeremiah : Prince of Denmark's March
>Haydn, Franz Joseph : Keyboard Concerto in F major, H. 18/F2
>Mendelssohn, Felix : A Midsummer Night's Dream
>Brahms, Johannes : Chorale Preludes (11) for Organ, Op. 122
>Schubert, Franz : March militaire
>Schumann, Robert : Etudes (6) in Canon Form for Pedal Piano, Op. 56
>Mendelssohn, Felix : Athalie
>Saint-Saëns, Camille : Fantasy for Organ in E flat major
>Hollins, Alfred : Concert Overture no 2
>Widor, Charles-Marie : Symphony no 5 in F minor, Op. 42 no 1
>Alain, Jehan : Le jardin suspendu, for organ, JA 71 (AWV 63)
>Alain, Jehan : Litanies, for organ, JA 119 (AWV 100)
>Grison, Jules : Toccata in F major for organ
>Gigout, Eugene : Grand choeur dialogue for organ
>Gigout, Eugene : Toccata for organ in B minor
>Boëllmann, Léon : Suite gothique, Op. 25
>Mulet, Henri : Byzantine Sketches (10) for Organ
>Duruflé, Maurice : Prelude et fugue sur le nom d'Alain, Op. 7
>Bonnet, Joseph : Etude de Concert for organ
>Franck, César : Chorals
>Saint-Saëns, Camille : Symphony no 3 in C minor "Organ", Op. 78
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Notes & Reviews:

This 3-CD set contains 50 tracks of some of the most popular compositions of organ music from the catalogues of EMI Classics and Virgin Classics. These classics are performed by some of the world's finest organist on a wide variety of instruments from all over the UK and Continental Europe. Each of the three CDs creates an enjoyable listening experience of well-known organ works in a readily accessible form.

50 Best is a series of 3-CD sets which feature genres of music ranging from symphonies and solo instrumental works to chamber music and operas. This next installment of five releases features everything from the greatest American Classics to a collection of Wagner's greatest works.

Track Listings

Disc: 1

J.S. Bach- Toccata and Fugue in D minor

Toccata: Toccata and Fugue in D minor BWV 565 (2012 - Remaster) - Nicolas Kynaston

J.S. Bach- Toccata and Fugue in D minor

Fugue: Toccata and Fugue in D minor BWV 565 (2012 - Remaster) - Nicolas Kynaston

J.S. Bach - Chorale Prelude: Wachet auf

Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme: Schübler Chorales BWV645-650 (2012 - Remaster) - Noel Rawsthorne

J.S. Bach - Prelude and Fugue in C

Prelude and Fugue in C BWV545 (1992 - Remaster) - Noel Rawsthorne

J.S. Bach - Fugue in G major Alla Gigue

Fugue in G ‘Alla gigue’ BWV577 - Nicolas Kynaston

J.S. Bach - Concerto in A minor

I. Allegro: Concerto in A Minor BWV593 (2012 - Remaster) - Nicolas Kynaston

J.S. Bach - Concerto in A minor

II. Adagio: Concerto in A Minor BWV593 (2012 - Remaster) - Nicolas Kynaston

J.S. Bach - Concerto in A minor

III. Allegro: Concerto in A Minor BWV593 (2012 - Remaster) - Nicolas Kynaston

J.S. Bach - Concerto in D minor

III. Largo e spiccato: 6 Concertos BWV592-7 (1996 Digital Remaster), No. 2 in A minor BWV593 (after Vivaldi, Op. 3/8) - Fernando Germani

Buxtehude- Toccata and Fugue in F

Toccata et fugue en fa majeur Bux. W. V. 157 - Lionel Rogg

Daquin- Noël in G

Noël in G (Grand jeu et duo) Op.2 No.10 - Noel Rawsthorne

Clerambault- Caprice sur les grands jeux

Caprice sur les Grands Jeux (extrait de la Suite du 2ème ton) - Marie Madeleine Durufle

Couperin- Offertoire sur les grands jeux

Offertoire sur les grands-jeux (extr. de la “Messe à l’usage des couvents”) - Maurice Duruflé

Corrette- Carillon in F

Carillon en fa majeur - Jean Louis Gil

Handel- Organ Concerto No.13 in F The Cuckoo and the Nightingale

I. Larghetto: Organ Concerto No. 13 in F ‘The Cuckoo and the Nightingale’ (1998 - Remaster) - Colin Tilney/Menuhin Festival Orchestra/Yehudi Menuhin

Handel- Organ Concerto No.13 in F The Cuckoo and the Nightingale (Pt. 2)

II. Allegro: Organ Concerto No. 13 in F ‘The Cuckoo and the Nightingale’ (1998 - Remaster) - Colin Tilney/Menuhin Festival Orchestra/Yehudi Menuhin

Handel- Organ Concerto No.13 in F The Cuckoo and the Nightingale (Pt. 3)

III. Organo ad libitum: Organ Concerto No. 13 in F ‘The Cuckoo and the Nightingale’ (1998 - Remaster) - Colin Tilney/Menuhin Festival Orchestra/Yehudi MenUHIN

Handel- Organ Concerto No.13 in F The Cuckoo and the Nightingale (Pt. 4)

IV. Larghetto: Organ Concerto No. 13 in F ‘The Cuckoo and the Nightingale’ (1998 - Remaster) - Colin Tilney/Menuhin Festival Orchestra/Yehudi Menuhin

Handel- Organ Concerto No.13 in F The Cuckoo and the Nightingale (Pt. 5)

V. Allegro: Organ Concerto No. 13 in F ‘The Cuckoo and the Nightingale’ (1998 - Remaster) - Colin Tilney/Menuhin Festival Orchestra/Yehudi Menuhin

Disc: 2

Handel - Organ Concerto No.4 in F

I. Allegro: Organ Concerto No. 4 in F, Op.4 (1998 - Remaster) - Valda Aveling/Menuhin Festival Orchestra/Yehudi Menuhin

Water Music Suite in D Alla Hornpipe

Alla hornpipe from Suite in D (arr. Tracey): Water Music - Ian Tracey

Purcell- Trumpet Tune I

Tune -: Two Trumpet Tunes & Air - Ian Tracey

Purcell - Air

Air -: Two Trumpet Tunes & Air - Ian Tracey

Purcell - Trumpet Tune II

Tune: Two Trumpet Tunes & Air - Ian Tracey

Kerll- Capriccio on Cuckoo

Capriccio sopra ‘coucou’ (1991 - Remaster) - Lionel Rogg

Clarke- Trumpet Voluntary

Trumpet Voluntary - Noel Rawsthorne

Haydn- Organ Concerto in F

I. Tempo giusto: Organ Concerto in F (2012 - Remaster) - Jane Parker-Smith/Prague Chamber Orchestra/Steuart

Haydn- Organ Concerto in F

II. Adagio ma non troppo: Organ Concerto in F (2012 - Remaster) - Jane Parker-Smith/Prague Chamber Orchestra/Steuart

Haydn- Organ Concerto in F

III. Allegro Assai: Organ Concerto in F (2012 - Remaster) - Jane Parker-Smith/Prague Chamber Orchestra/Steuart

Mendelssohn- A Midsummer Night s Dream Wedding March

Wedding March (arr. Rawsthorne): A Midsummer Night’s Dream Opp. 21 and 61 - Noel Rawsthorne

Brahms- Chorale Prelude No.8

Es ist ein’ Ros’ entsprungen: Eleven Chorale Preludes Op.122 - Philip Marshall

Schubert- Marche militaire No.1

Marche militaire No. 1 - Noel Rawsthorne

Schumann Canon in B minor

Canon in B minor, Op. 56 No. 5 - Nicolas Kynaston

Mendelssohn - Athalie War March of the Priests

War March of the Priests: Athalie Op. 74 - Nicolas Kynaston

Saint- Saens- Fantasie in E flat

Fantasie in E Flat - Nicolas Kynaston

Hollins- Concert Overture in C minor

Concert Overture in C minor - Wayne Marshall

Widor- Toccata

V. Toccata (Allegro): Symphony No. 5 in F minor Op. 42 No. 1 (1996 Digital Remaster) - Fernando Germani

Disc: 3

Alain- Le Jardin suspend

Le Jardin suspendu: Trois Pièces - Herrick Bunney

Alain- Litanies

Litanies: Trois Pièces - Herrick Bunney

Grison- Toccata in F

Toccata in F (1991 Digital Remaster) - Jane Parker-Smith

Gigout- Grand Ch ur dialogué

Grand Choeur dialogué - Nicolas Kynaston

Gigout - Toccata in B minor

Toccata in B Minor - Nicolas Kynaston

Boellmann- Suite gothique Prière à Notre-Dame

Prière à Notre-Dame: Suite gothique Op. 25 - Fredric Bayco

Mulet- Carillon-sortie

Carillon-sortie in D - Wayne Marshall

Durfle- Prélude et Fugue sur le nom d Alain

Prélude (Allegro): Prélude et Fugue sur le nom d’Alain Op.7 - Melville Cook

Durfle- Prélude et Fugue sur le nom d Alain

Fugue (Andante): Prélude et Fugue sur le nom d’Alain Op.7 - Melville Cook

Bonnet- Étude de Concert

Etude de Concert - Nicolas Kynaston

Boellmann - Suite gothique Toccata

Toccata (extrait de la Suite Gothique Op.25) - Guy Morancon

Frank- Chorale No.1 in E

No. 1 in E major: 3 Chorales (1996 Digital Remaster) - Fernando Germani

Saint- Saens - Symphony No.3 in C minor

Adagio_Allegro moderato: Symphony No. 3, ‘Organ’ Op. 78 - Matthias Eisenberg/Orchestre du Capitole de Toulou



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Works Details

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Toccata and Fugue for Organ in D minor, BWV 565
  • Performer: Nicholas Kynaston (Organ)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 54 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: by 1708

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme, chorale prelude for organ (Schübler Chorale no 1), BWV 645 (BC K22
  • Performer: Noel Rawsthorne (Organ)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 52 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1748-1749

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Prelude and Fugue for Organ in C major, BWV 545
  • Performer: Noel Rawsthorne (Organ)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 14 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1712-1717

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Fugue for organ in G major, BWV 577 (BC J61)
  • Performer: Nicholas Kynaston (Organ)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 6 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: by 1750

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Concerto for Organ no 2 in A minor, BWV 593 (after Vivaldi)
  • Performer: Nicholas Kynaston (Organ)
  • Running Time: 11 min. 4 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1713-1714

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Concerto in D minor, BWV 596 :: 3. Largo e spiccato
  • Performer: Fernando Germani (Organ)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 18 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1713-1714

>Buxtehude, Dietrich : Toccata and Fugue for Organ in F major, BuxWV 157
  • Performer: Lionel Rogg (Organ)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 36 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: circa 1690

>Daquin, Louis-Claude : Noël Grand Jeu et Duo, for organ
  • Performer: Noel Rawsthorne (Organ)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 31 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical

>Louis-Nicolas Clérambault (Composer) (1676 - 1749) : Caprice sur les grands Jeux, for organ
  • Performer: Marie-Madeleine Durufle-Chevalier (Organ)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 29 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>François Couperin (1668 - 1733) : Messe à l'usage des Couvents :: Offertoire sur les grands jeux
  • Performer: Maurice Duruflé (Organ)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 7 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1690

>Corrette, Michel : Carillon for orchestra
  • Performer: Jean-Louis Gil (Organ)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 36 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical

>Handel, George Frideric : Organ Concerto in F major "Cuckoo & the Nightingale" (no 13), HWV 295
  • Performers: Simon Preston (Organ); Colin Tinley (Harpsichord)
  • Conductor: Yehudi Menuhin
  • Notes: Composition written: 1739.
  • Running Time: 14 min. 5 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1739

>Handel, George Frideric : Organ Concerto no 4 in F, Op. 4 no 4 :: 1. Allegro
  • Performers: Valda Aveling (Harpsichord); Simon Preston (Organ)
  • Conductor: Yehudi Menuhin
  • Running Time: 3 min. 47 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1735

>Handel, George Frideric : Water Music Suite in D :: Alla Hornpipe
  • Performer: Ian Tracey (Organ)
  • Notes: Composition written: 1717.
  • Running Time: 3 min. 44 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1717

>Purcell, Henry : Trumpet Tune (from "The Indian Queen (as Z. 630/4a")) for harpsichord in C major ZT 698
  • Performer: Ian Tracey (Organ)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 24 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1695

>Purcell, Henry : Air for keyboard in C major (discovered in 1993)
  • Performer: Ian Tracey (Organ)
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Purcell, Henry : Trumpet Tune ("Cibell") for harpsichord in C major, ZT 678
  • Performer: Ian Tracey (Organ)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 10 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1695

>Kerll, Johann Kaspar : Capriccio sopra il cucu
  • Performer: Lionel Rogg (Organ)
  • Running Time: 3 min. sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Clarke, Jeremiah : Prince of Denmark's March
  • Performer: Noel Rawsthorne (Organ)
  • Notes: Composition written: 1697.
  • Running Time: 2 min. 47 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: March
  • Written: 1697

>Haydn, Franz Joseph : Keyboard Concerto in F major, H. 18/F2
  • Performer: Jane Parker-Smith (Organ)
  • Conductor: Steuart Bedford
  • Running Time: 13 min. 12 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Concerto

>Mendelssohn, Felix : A Midsummer Night's Dream :: Wedding March
  • Performer: Noel Rawsthorne (Organ)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 51 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1843

>Brahms, Johannes : Chorale Preludes (11) for Organ, Op. 122
  • Performer: Philip Marshall (Organ)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 10 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1896

>Schubert, Franz : March militaire
  • Performer: Noel Rawsthorne (Organ)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 4 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: March
  • Written: circa 1822

>Schumann, Robert : Etudes (6) in Canon Form for Pedal Piano, Op. 56
  • Performer: Nicholas Kynaston (Organ)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 45 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1845

>Mendelssohn, Felix : Athalie :: War march of the Priests
  • Performer: Nicholas Kynaston (Organ)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 52 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 11/12/1845

>Camille Saint-Saëns (1835 - 1921) : Fantasy for Organ in E flat major
  • Performer: Nicholas Kynaston (Organ)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 2 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1857

>Hollins, Alfred : Concert Overture no 2
  • Performer: Wayne Marshall [Piano/Organ] (Organ)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 37 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Widor, Charles-Marie : Symphony no 5 in F minor, Op. 42 no 1 :: 5. Toccata
  • Performer: Fernando Germani (Organ)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 11 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1880

>Alain, Jehan : Le jardin suspendu, for organ, JA 71 (AWV 63)
  • Performer: Herrick Bunney (Organ)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 12 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 10/1934

>Alain, Jehan : Litanies, for organ, JA 119 (AWV 100)
  • Performer: Herrick Bunney (Organ)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 42 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 08/1937

>Grison, Jules : Toccata in F major for organ
  • Performer: Jane Parker-Smith (Organ)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 43 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic

>Eugène Gigout (1844 - 1925) : Grand choeur dialogué for organ
  • Performer: Nicholas Kynaston (Organ)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 6 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Eugène Gigout (1844 - 1925) : Toccata for organ in B minor
  • Performer: Nicholas Kynaston (Organ)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 2 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: circa 1900

>Léon Boëllmann (1862 - 1897) : Suite gothique, Op. 25 :: Prière à Notre-Dame
  • Performer: Frederic Bayco (Organ)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 9 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1895

>Mulet, Henri : Byzantine Sketches (10) for Organ
  • Performer: Wayne Marshall [Piano/Organ] (Organ)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 5 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1911

>Maurice Duruflé (Composer/Organ) (1902 - 1986) : Prelude et fugue sur le nom d'Alain, Op. 7
  • Performer: Melville Cook (Organ)
  • Running Time: 11 min. 21 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1942

>Bonnet, Joseph : Etude de Concert for organ
  • Performer: Nicholas Kynaston (Organ)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 39 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Léon Boëllmann (1862 - 1897) : Suite gothique, Op. 25 :: Toccata
  • Performer: Guy Morançon (Organ)
  • Running Time: 4 min. sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1895

>César Franck (1822 - 1890) : Chorals :: Chorale no 1 in E
  • Performer: Fernando Germani (Organ)
  • Running Time: 14 min. 38 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1890

>Camille Saint-Saëns (1835 - 1921) : Symphony no 3 in C minor "Organ", Op. 78 :: Conclusion
  • Performer: Matthias Eisenberg (Organ)
  • Conductor: Michel Plasson
  • Running Time: 8 min. 11 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1886