Simon Preston: The Argo Recordings - Westminster Abbey | Australian Eloquence ELQ4824933

Simon Preston: The Argo Recordings - Westminster Abbey

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Label: Australian Eloquence

Cat No: ELQ4824933

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 2

Genre: Instrumental

Release Date: 1st December 2017



This album is one of five released by Eloquence, newly remastered and in unique compilations.

The series includes Simon Preston’s complete recordings of Messiaen (ELQ4824917), Romantic organ music (ELQ4824941) by Brahms, Liszt and Reger, and 20th-century organ music (ELQ4824925) by Elgar, Hindemith and Maxwell Davies, and an organ spectacular featuring the Variations on America (ELQ4828101) of Charles Ives.

The second CD 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 March or the Pilgrims’ Chorus from Tannhäuser - to such largely neglected inspirations as Schumann’s Study No.5.

“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

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