Reis­sues Re­viewed by Paul Ri­ley

BBC Music Magazine - - Instrumental Reviews -

Or­gan Mu­sic from West­min­ster Abbey

JS Bach, Mozart, Wal­ton, Wi­dor etc

Elo­quence 482 4933 (1963-5) 95:24 mins

The Aus­tralian la­bel Elo­quence does Si­mon Pre­ston’s 80th birth­day proud with a clutch of re-re­leases chart­ing the Argo record­ings. The Abbey yields metic­u­lous Mozart, skil­fully-reg­is­tered Wag­ner, and an un­showy, crys­tal-clear Wi­dor Toc­cata. ★★★★ 20th-cen­tury Or­gan Mu­sic

El­gar, Davies, Hin­demith, How­ells, etc Elo­quence 482 4925 (1967) 120:10 mins

Pre­ston could have been born to play the three Hin­demith Sonatas that pref­ace Maxwell Davies’s aus­tere Fan­ta­sia on O Mag­num Mys­terium. A mag­is­te­rial El­gar Sonata adds full-on Ro­man­ti­cism to the mix. ★★★★

Ro­man­tic Or­gan Mu­sic

Brahms, Franck, Liszt, Reger & Reubke Elo­quence 482 4941 (1963-67) 139:07 mins

A riv­et­ing ac­count of Liszt’s Ad Nos Fan­ta­sia caps the snarling majesty of Reubke’s Sonata, both off­set by Pre­ston’s sweetly-per­fumed Franck Prélude and four of Brahms’s vale­dic­tory cho­rale pre­ludes. ★★★★★ Vari­a­tions on Amer­ica

Works by Sousa, Ives, Guil­mant, Bossi etc Elo­quence 482 8101 (1988) 66:32 mins

Piz­zazz might not be a qual­ity in­stantly associated with Pre­ston, but he breezes through The Stars and Stripes and Danse Macabre with a show­man­ship wor­thy of Bar­num and Bai­ley. ★★★★★

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