This CD is reissued by ArkivMusic.
Notes and Editorial Reviews
There was a Simon Preston version on Argo of the Reubke Sonata in 1980 (ZKI4, 8/78—nia). It also was played at Westminster Abbey. Roger Fiske preferred it to the Jennifer Bate/UnicornKanchana recording at the Royal Albert Hall, which is selected once again for comparison with Preston's new performance on the up-dated Abbey organ. I don't see any point in trying to score off one against the other, The RAH organ has a spectrum of colours all its own, together with its own ambience which Jennifer Bate understands and manipulates with artistry. Preston's view of the piece comes out in more sombre hues, with which the Abbey organ is well endowed. There seems an infinity of brooding stops, hugging closely together, growing and melting under that
high vault like cloudy shadows, changing shape with the moods as they reveal themselves. Reeds and mixtures, when they are roused, pierce this misty scene with lightning shafts and gentlemanly Harrison snarls. This performance is wholly riveting, as is the more glamorous, if less intellectual fantasia by Reubke's master Liszt, where the colours in the loud passages shine with optimism—and in the soft pious moments (prolonged at times) purr with fluty unction. It is these quiet stretches which make the extra expenditure on CD worthwhile, though there is indeed everywhere an overall bonus of greater clarity.
-- Gramophone [7/1985]
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