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Organ Concerto in B flat major, Op 4 No 2

composer

 
James Worgan (1715-1753) and Thomas Gladwin (c1710-1799) were both organists at Vauxhall during the 1730s and John Worgan (1724-1790) succeeded his brother as organist in 1751, as well as being director of the music for a year and an ‘in house’ composer. Both Worgan brothers were responsible for making the organ an indispensable part of Vauxhall’s music, and combined with the band, it typified the sound of the pleasure gardens from 1737 onwards. Handel and the Worgan brothers were all accomplished improvisers and keyboard players and Handel is widely attributed as remarking about John Worgan. ‘…he plays my music very well at Vauxhall’. Organ concertos were very much a part of an evening concert. Handel’s organ concertos Op 4, HWV289–294, refer to the six organ concertos for chamber organ and orchestra composed by Handel in London between 1735 and 1736 and published in 1738 by John Walsh.

from notes by Bridget Cunningham 2015

Recordings

Handel: Handel at Vauxhall, Vol. 1
SIGCD428Download only 4 March 2016 Release
Handel: Organ Concertos
CDD220522CDs Dyad (2 for the price of 1)

Details

Movement 1: A tempo ordinario e staccato
Track 3 on SIGCD428 [0'49] Download only 4 March 2016 Release
Track 5 on CDD22052 CD1 [0'50] 2CDs Dyad (2 for the price of 1)
Movement 2: Allegro
Track 4 on SIGCD428 [4'56] Download only 4 March 2016 Release
Track 6 on CDD22052 CD1 [4'22] 2CDs Dyad (2 for the price of 1)
Movement 3: Adagio e staccato
Track 5 on SIGCD428 [0'48] Download only 4 March 2016 Release
Track 7 on CDD22052 CD1 [0'38] 2CDs Dyad (2 for the price of 1)
Movement 4: Allegro ma non presto
Track 6 on SIGCD428 [3'07] Download only 4 March 2016 Release
Track 8 on CDD22052 CD1 [3'29] 2CDs Dyad (2 for the price of 1)

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