Twentieth-Century Organ Music
Simon Preston
Label
Decca
Catalogue No.
4824925
Barcode
00028948249251
Format
2-CD
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PAUL HINDEMITH
Organ Sonata No. 1*
Organ Sonata No. 2*
Organ Sonata No. 3*

Simon Preston, organ
Organ of the Church of St. John the Evangelist, Islington

PETER MAXWELL DAVIES
O Magnum Mysterium*

Choir of Cirencester Grammar School
Orchestra of Cirencester Grammar School
Peter Maxwell Davies
Simon Preston, organ
Organ of the Royal Festival Hall, London

EDWARD ELGAR: Sonata for Organ, Op. 28*
KENNETH LEIGHTON: Paean*
FRANK BRIDGE: Adagio*
HERBERT HOWELLS: Rhapsody for Organ, Op. 17 No. 3*
MICHAEL TIPPETT: Preludio al Vespro di Monteverdi*
BENJAMIN BRITTEN: Prelude and Fugue on a theme of Vittoria

Simon Preston, organ
Organ of Colston Hall, Bristol

*FIRST INTERNATIONAL DECCA CD RELEASE

Recording information

Recording Producers: Michael Bremner (Hindemith; English Organ Music); Andrew Raeburn (Maxwell Davies)
Balance Engineers: Stanley Goodall (Hindemith); Michael Mailes, Jack Law (English Organ Music)
Recording Locations: Church of St. John the Evangelist, Islington, UK, 12–13 February 1970 (Hindemith); Cirencester, Gloucestershire, UK, March 1962 (Maxwell Davies: O Magnum Mysterium); Royal Festival Hall, London, UK, March 1963 (Maxwell Davies: Fantasia on ‘O Magnum Mysterium’); Colston Hall, Bristol, UK, 5–6 January 1967 (English Organ Music)
Remastering Engineer: Craig Thompson
Original Argo LP Releases: ZRG 663 (Hindemith); ZRG 5327 (Maxwell Davies); ZRG 528 (English Organ Music)

Reviews

‘Mr. Preston treats the [Elgar Sonata] with a cool detachment that reflects the taste of another century. His recording, however, contains some beautiful playing and most imaginative registration … the Colston Hall reeds are heard to brilliant effect in a Paean by Kenneth Leighton. Altogether, an organ record for connoisseurs.’ Gramophone, September 1967

‘Another disc which gave me much pleasure was Simon Preston’s beautifully balanced treatment of the three Hindemith organ sonatas… a performance notable for its perfection of detail.’ Gramophone, December 1971