Simon Preston at Westminster Abbey
Simon Preston
Label
Decca
Catalogue No.
4824933
Barcode
00028948249336
Format
2-CD
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CD 1
JOHANN SEBASTIAN BACH
Six Schübler Chorale Preludes

WOLFGANG AMADEUS MOZART
Orgelstück (Fantasia) für eine Uhr in F minor, KV 608
Adagio and Allegro in F minor, KV 594

CD 2
WILLIAM WALTON: Crown Imperial – A Coronation March (arr. Herbert Murill)
JEREMIAH CLARKE: The Prince of Denmark’s March (arr. Simon Preston)
GEORGE FRIDERIC HANDEL: Dead March (from Saul, HWV 53) (arr. F. Cunningham Woods)
JEREMIAH CLARKE: Trumpet Tune (attributed to Purcell) (arr. C.H. Trevor)
EDWARD ELGAR: Imperial March, Op. 32 (arr. George C. Martin)
LOUIS VIERNE: Final (from Symphony No. 1 in D minor, Op. 14 for Organ)
RICHARD WAGNER: Pilgrims’ Chorus (from Tannhäuser) (arr. Lemare)
ALEXANDRE GUILMANT: March on a theme of Handel, Op. 15
ROBERT SCHUMANN: Study No. 5 (from Six studies for pedal piano, Op. 56) (arr. John E. West)
KARG-ELERT Marche Triomphale: Nun danket alle Gott, Op. 65
CHARLES MARIE WIDOR: Toccata (Allegro) (from Symphony No. 5 in F minor, Op. 42 No. 1 for Organ)

Simon Preston, organ
Organ of Westminster Abbey

Recording information

Recording Producers: Andrew Raeburn (Bach, Mozart, Widor); Michael Bremner (Walton, Clarke, Handel, Elgar, Vierne, Wagner, Guilmant, Schumann, Karg-Elert)
Recording Location: Westminster Abbey, London, UK, June 1963 (Widor), 24 & 27 February 1964 (Bach, Mozart), 3–7 May 1965 (Walton, Clarke, Handel, Elgar, Vierne, Wagner, Guilmant, Schumann, Karg-Elert
Remastering Engineers: Ben Wiseman (CD1); Chris Bernauer (CD2)
Original Argo LP Releases: ZRG 5371 (Widor); ZRG 5419 (Bach, Mozart); ZRG 5448 (Walton, Clarke, Handel, Elgar, Vierne, Wagner, Guilmant, Schumann, Karg-Elert)

Reviews

‘Mozart’s K608 is brisk and lively, the climaxes generously powered without mere noise. K594 cheerfully accepts much less, with its Handelian sweep neatly projected in a small-scale performance.’ Musical Times, March 1965

‘The two marches by Guilmant and Karg-Elert are played with equal zest and panache, with the Schumann Etude in subtly contrasted tone-colours. A disc for all seasons.’ Gramophone, November 1977