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Royal Albert Hall - Organ Restored - Simon Preston

Royal Albert Hall - Organ Restored - Simon Preston-Organ-Organ Collection
ID: SIGCD084 (EAN: 635212008423)  | 1 CD | DDD
Ausgefolgt: 2006
Signum Records
Organ Collection
PRESTON, Simon (organ)
Andere Infos:

Since the Royal Albert Hall organ was inaugurated by W.T.Best, the most famous performer of his day, in the presence of Queen Victoria on the 29th March 1871, it seems appropriate to begin this programme with one of Best’s own organ transcriptions: the Overture to Mendelssohn’s Oratorio St. Paul. Mendelssohn’s own performances of Bach on the organ in St. Paul’s Cathedral and elsewhere during the 1830s had been wildly acclaimed by the crowds who came to hear him and Best took full advantage of the enormous surge in interest in performances of music arranged for the organ. After the Mendelssohn Overture it is but a short step to the symphonic nature of Schumann’s Six Fugues on the name B-A-C-H, to which the wide dynamic range and sonic possibilities of the Albert Hall organ are ideally matched.

In the Bolcom Fantasia, the composer fuses a modern compositional idiom with two Southern Spirituals, breathing new life into both forms with shattering effect; in a way the same thing has happened to the Albert Hall organ, and with modern blowers for the bellows taking the place of the original steam engines of 1871, it certainly has enough wind now to cope with most contingencies - as you will hear.

In America the traditions of theatre organ playing are still kept very much alive. As a child I remember playing two very old records over and over again on a wind-up portable gramophone - the sort that had wooden needles which you had to keep sharpening.

The first was George Thalben-Ball playing The Ride of the Valkyries on the Alexandra Palace organ, and the other - equally favourite - was Quentin MacLean playing Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue on the organ in the Odeon Marble Arch. At the age of five I could not work out how Quentin MacLean did the opening glissando in Rhapsody in Blue; apparently he used the Siren stop - useful for Cops and Robbers chases in the silent movies - switched the organ on and, when the wind went into the bellows, it produced this very smooth glissando up to the top E flat!

Joseph Jongen and Siegfrid Karg-Elert were near contemporaries, and although generally regarded as organ composers, both were prolific in other forms: symphonic music, choral and chamber music and even opera. Jongen’s music is most fastidiously composed and the architectural shape and grandeur of the Sonata Eroďca is in wonderful contrast to the quite unexpected delicacy of Karg-Elert’s Valse Mignonne; here the extremely discerning listener may pick up some unexpected sounds of the gentler percussion stops on the enclosed Solo division of the Albert Hall organ.

Simon Preston, 2006
MENDELSSOHN-BARTHOLDY, Felix (1809-1847), (arr. Best) 
1. Overture to the Oratorio 'St Paul', Op.367:44 
SCHUMANN, Robert (1810-1856) 
Six Fugues on B-A-C-H, Op 60 
2. I5:03 
3. II5:25 
4. III3:39 
5. IV4:21 
6. V2:43 
7. VI6:34 
BOLCOM, William (b. 1938) 
8. Free Fantasia on 'O Zion, Haste' and 'How Firm a Foundation'7:47 
GERSHWIN, George (1898-1937) and GERSHWIN, Ira (1896-1983) 
9. The Brothers Gershwin10:30 
KARG-ELERT, Sigfrid (1877-1933) 
10. Valse Mignonne, Op 142, No 25:17 
JONGEN, Joseph (1873-1953) 
11. Sonata Eroďca, Op 9415:21 


"About Ł1.7m has been spent on refurbishing this illustrious instrument, and it sounds wonderful in Preston's performances of a repertoire designed to show off its versatility"
The Sunday Times

"Now Simon Preston has devised this magnificent programme of music, magnificently played and impressivley recorded, that suits the instrument's ample dimensions ideally"
The Sunday Telegraph

"Rhythmic drive has always been fundamental to his brand, but the sheer force of gesture and manipulation of tone colour are the winning qualities for me"
BBC Music Magazine

"His programme is electrifying ... trademark virtuosity, dazzlingly displayed ... as a communicative, musical and absorbing performance, this is unbeatable ... this disc is an absolute must have"
International Record Review

"Preston glories in the organ's inexhaustible versatility"
Cambridge (Magazine of the Cambridge Society


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