Messiaen: Organ Works
Simon Preston
Label
Decca
Catalogue No.
4824917
Barcode
00028948249176
Format
2-CD
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OLIVIER MESSIAEN
Le Banquet céleste*
La Nativité du Seigneur
L’Ascension*
Les Corps glorieux*

Simon Preston, organ
Organ of the Chapel of King’s College, Cambridge (L’Ascension)
Organ of Westminster Abbey (La Nativité du Seigneur)
Organ of St. Albans Cathedral (Le Banquet celeste, Les Corps glorieux)

*FIRST INTERNATIONAL CD RELEASE ON DECCA

Recording information

Recording Producers: Andrew Raeburn (L’Ascension); Michael Bremner (La Nativité du Seigneur); unknown (Le Banquet celeste, Les Corps glorieux)
Balance Engineers: Kenneth Wilkinson (L’Ascension); unknown (Le Banquet celeste, Les Corps glorieux)
Recording Locations: Chapel of King’s College, Cambridge, UK, 3–4 August 1962 (L’Ascension); Westminster Abbey, London, UK, 3–7 May 1965 (La Nativité du Seigneur); St. Albans Cathedral, St. Albans, UK, July 1969 (Le Banquet celeste, Les Corps glorieux)
Remastering Engineer: Craig Thompson
Original Argo LP Releases: ZRG 5339 (L’Ascension); ZRG 5447 (La Nativité du Seigneur); ZRG 633 (Le Banquet celeste, Les Corps glorieux)

Reviews

‘’La Nativité’ is a work for virtuosos. In the case of the present recording we have a superlative performance by the English organist Simon Preston, playing on the great organ of Westminster Abbey. The recording deserves some kind of award; it is magnificent in all respects.’ The Musical Quarterly, April 1967

‘The great strength of Simon Preston’s performance lies in his control of the slow movements … With the additional benefits of good recording quality and a sensitive performance of the early ‘Le Banquet celeste’ (1928) it is a record which I would not hesitate to recommend.’ Musical Times, February 1971 (Les corps glorieux)