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Simon Preston - Simon Preston at Westminster Abbey (CD DOUBLE SLIMLINE CASE)

Simon Preston - Simon Preston at Westminster Abbey (CD DOUBLE SLIMLINE CASE)
Simon Preston - Simon Preston at Westminster Abbey (CD DOUBLE SLIMLINE CASE)
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Simon Preston - Simon Preston at Westminster Abbey (CD DOUBLE SLIMLINE CASE)

From 1962 (when he made his Royal Festival Hall debut) to 1967, and again from 1981 to 1987, Simon Preston held posts at Westminster Abbey, initially as sub-organist, then as organist and master of the choristers. These recordings were made during that first period: signing off the compilation in style, Widor'sToccatawas in fact first to be recorded, in June 1963, as the voluntary within a recording of Evensong for the 'feast of the translation of Saint Edward,King and Martyr', commonly known a Edward the Confessor at whose command the Abbey was built, and consecrated in 1065.

The Abbey's organ is a rather more recent construction, built by Harrison & Harrison, and installed in time for the Coronation of King George VI in 1937, and thus still in fine working order when Preston made these recordings. On two days in February 1964 he recorded the Schüblerchorales of Bach and the two works written by Mozart in his last year of life for a mechanical clock, imposing out of all scale to their commissioned instrument, but perfectly apt for their original, macabre purpose as funerary music to accompany the display of a life-size wax figure of a recently deceased Austrian general.

The music on CD2 demonstrates the extraordinary versatility of the organ, with repertoire that ranges from popular hits –what could be more familiar than The Prince of Denmark's Marchor the Pilgrims' Chorus from Tannhäuser? –to such largely neglected inspirations as Schumann's Study No. 5.

The album is one of five released by Eloquence, newly remastered and in unique compilations. They also include Preston's complete recordings of Messiaen (482 4917), Romantic organ music (482 4941) by Brahms, Liszt and Reger, and 20th-century organ music (482 4925) by Elgar, Hindemith and Maxwell Davies, and an organ spectacular featuring the Variations on America (482 8101) of Charles Ives.


CD 1


Six SchüblerChorale Preludes


Orgelstück(Fantasia) füreineUhrin F minor, KV 608

Adagio and Allegro in F minor, KV 594

CD 2

WALTONCrown Imperial: A Coronation March (arr. Herbert Murill)

CLARKEThe Prince of Denmark's March (arr. Simon Preston)

HANDELDead March (from Saul, HWV 53) (arr. F. Cunningham Woods)

CLARKETrumpet Tune (attributed to Purcell) (arr. C.H. Trevor)

ELGARImperial March, Op. 32 (arr. George C. Martin)

VIERNEFinal (from Symphony No. 1 in D minor, Op. 14 for Organ)

WAGNERPilgrims' Chorus (from Tannhäuser) (arr. Lemare)

GUILMANTMarch on a theme of Handel, Op. 15

SCHUMANNStudy No. 5 (from Six studies for pedal piano, Op. 56) (arr. John E. West)

KARG-ELERTMarche Triomphale: Nun danketalleGott, Op. 65

WIDORToccata (Allegro) (from Symphony No. 5 in F minor, Op. 42 No. 1 for Organ)

Simon Preston, organ

Organ of Westminster Abbey

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Release Date 3 Nov 2017
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Artist Simon Preston
Title Simon Preston at Westminster Abbey
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