Simon Preston: Variations on America - Organ Spectacular | Australian Eloquence ELQ4828101

Simon Preston: Variations on America - Organ Spectacular

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Label: Australian Eloquence

Cat No: ELQ4828101

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Instrumental

Release Date: 1st December 2017



This anthology is one of five newly remastered sets canvasing Simon Prestonís complete solo organ recordings for Argo. They also include Prestonís recordings of Messiaen (ELQ4824917), ĎSimon Preston at Westminster Abbeyí (ELQ4824933), Romantic organ music (ELQ4824941) by Brahms, Liszt and Reger, 20th-century organ music (ELQ4824925) by Elgar, Hindemith and Maxwell Davies, among others.

ďThe marvellous Walcker/Aeolian-Skinner organ of the great Memorial Music Hall in Methuen, Massachusetts projects itself with eminence and verve and is, once again, seized in splendidly balanced sound on disc ... Prestonís admirers will also recognize the blue-blooded reverence for style and architectural shaping of the substantial works he programs. The Saint-SaŽns and Bossi works, in particular, draw praise for Prestonís immaculate and ardent performance.Ē - Fanfare, May/June

Prestonís programme on the present album is seemingly designed to put such an organ through its paces. The most substantial work is the First Organ Sonata by Guilmant, which is celebrated for its barnstorming finale. However, there are fireworks aplenty from Ives, Lemare and Sousa, in works which draw on almost every colouristic possibility from a well-equipped organ, and with an almost riotous abandon. The Last Rose of Summer variations form a fine tribute to the instrumentís first appointed organist, Dudley Buck, whose duties included three hour-long recitals each week.

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