Romantic Organ Music
Simon Preston
Label
Decca
Catalogue No.
4824941
Barcode
00028948249411
Format
2-CD
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JOHANNES BRAHMS
Chorale Preludes, Op. 122 Nos. 1, 8, 4 & 10*

CÉSAR FRANCK
Prélude, Fugue et Variation, Op. 18*
Choral No. 2 in B minor
Pièce héroïque*

MAX REGER
Toccata in D major, Op. 59 No. 5*
Fugue in D major, Op. 59 No. 6*
Fantasia on the chorale ‘Straf’ mich nicht in deinem Zorn’, Op. 40 No. 2*

JULIUS REUBKE
Sonata in C minor on the 94th Psalm*

FRANZ LISZT
Fantasia and Fugue on the chorale ‘Ad nos, ad salutarem undam’, S.259*
Prelude and Fugue on B.A.C.H., S.529*

Simon Preston, organ
Organ of St. Alban’s Cathedral (Brahms)
Organ of the Chapel of King’s College, Cambridge (Franck)
Organ of Westminster Abbey (Reger, Reubke)
Organ of City Hall, Hull (Liszt)

*FIRST INTERNATIONAL CD RELEASE ON DECCA

Recording information

Recording Producers: Michael Bremner (Brahms, Liszt); Andrew Raeburn (Franck, Reger, Reubke)
Balance Engineers: Stanley Goodall (Brahms); Kenneth Wilkinson (Franck); Michael Mailes, Peter van Biene (Liszt)
Recording Locations: St. Alban’s Cathedral, London, UK, 15–17 January 1968 (Brahms); Chapel of King’s College, Cambridge, UK, 3–4 August 1962 (Franck); Westminster Abbey, London, UK, 24 & 27 February 1964 (Reger, Reubke); City Hall, Hull, Yorkshire, UK, 26 & 30 July 1966 (Liszt)
Remastering Engineer: Craig Thompson
Original Argo LP Releases: ZFA 47 (Franck: Prélude, Fugue et Variation); ZRG 5339 (Franck: Choral No. 2, Pièce héroïque; Messiaen: L’Ascension); ZRG 5420 (Reger, Reubke); ZRG 503 (Liszt); ZRG 571 (Brahms)

Reviews

‘Simon Preston plays Franck in a way that pleases the English ear, gauges tempi and climaxes skilfully, and wrests from King’s organ colours that do no disservice to this music.’ Musical Times, December 1963

‘Simon Preston, the brilliant young player … has already made several records, but this is perhaps his best so far … he gives performances which are specially notable for their sense of continuity and rhythmic control.’ Gramophone, October 1964 (Reubke and Reger)

‘His technique is as good – and in some cases superior – to the continental virtuosi; in addition he brings to his playing an individuality and warmth that reflects his own engaging personality. He has become in a very short time a true ambassador for the organ.’ Gramophone, June 1967