Simon Preston

 

Simon Preston plays Concertos of Antonio Vivaldi and Prince Johann Ernst von Sachsen-Weimar transcribed for the organ by Johann Sebastian Bach, BWV 592-596, on the beautiful, mechanical action, Fûhrer organ, (1986), in St. Mary’s Cathedral, (1173), Lûbeck, Germany.

Concerto in D minor, BWV 596 0:04 (Vivaldi RV565)
Concerto in A minor, BWV 593 11:02 (Vivaldi RV522)
Concerto in C major, BWV 594 23:34 (Vivaldi RV208)
Concerto in G major, BWV 592 44:02 (based on a Concerto in G major by Prince Johann Ernst von Sachsen-Weimar)
Concerto in C major, BWV 595 51:56 (based on the 1st movement of a Concerto in C major by Prince Johann Ernst von Sachsen-Weimar)


 

 

Simon Preston plays Bach’s Chorale Preludes, BWV 599 – BWV 644, on the Sorø Abbey Organ, Sorø, Denmark.

1. Nun komm der Heiden Heiland (I), chorale prelude for organ (Orgel-Büchlein No. 1), BWV 599 (BC K28)
2. Gott, durch deine Güte, chorale prelude for organ (Orgel-Büchlein No. 2), BWV 600 (BC K29)
3. Herr Christ, der einig Gottes Sohn (I), chorale prelude for organ (Orgel-Büchlein No. 3), BWV 601 (BC K30)
4. Lob sei dem allmächtigen Gott (I), chorale prelude for organ (Orgel-Büchlein No. 4), BWV 602 (BC K31)
5. Puer natus in Bethlehem, chorale prelude for organ (Orgel-Büchlein No. 5), BWV 603 (BC K32)
6. Gelobet seist du, Jesu Christ (I), chorale prelude for organ (Orgel-Büchlein No. 6), BWV 604 (BC K33)
7. Der Tag, der ist so freudenreich (I), chorale prelude for organ (Orgel-Büchlein No. 7), BWV 605 (BC K34)
8. Vom Himmel hoch, da komm ich her (I), chorale prelude for organ (Orgel-Büchlein No. 8), BWV 606 (BC K35)
9. Vom Himmel kam der Engel schar, chorale prelude for organ (Orgel-Büchlein No. 9), BWV 607 (BC K36)
10. In dulci jubilo (I), chorale prelude for organ (Orgel-Büchlein No. 10), BWV 608 (BC K37)
11. Lobt Gott, ihr Christen, allzugleich (I), chorale prelude for organ (Orgel-Büchlein No. 11), BWV 609 (BC K38)
12. Jesu, meine Freude (I), chorale prelude for organ (Orgel-Büchlein No. 12), BWV 610 (BC K39)
13. Christum wir sollen loben schon, chorale prelude for organ (Orgel-Büchlein No. 13), BWV 611 (BC K40)
14. Wir Christenleut’ (I), chorale prelude for organ (Orgel-Büchlein No. 14), BWV 612 (BC K41)
15. Helft mir Gottes Güte preisen (I), chorale prelude for organ (Orgel-Büchlein No. 15), BWV 613 (BC K42)
16. Das alte Jahr vergangen ist (I), chorale prelude for organ (Orgel-Büchlein No. 16), BWV 614 (BC K43)
17. In dir ist Freude, chorale prelude for organ (Orgel-Büchlein No. 17), BWV 615 (BC K44)
18. Mit Fried’ und Freud’ ich fahr dahin, chorale prelude for organ (Orgel-Büchlein No. 18), BWV 616 (BC K45)
19. Herr Gott, nun schleuss den Himmel auf (I), chorale prelude for organ (Orgel-Büchlein No. 19), BWV 617 (BC 46)
20. O Lamm Gottes unschuldig (I), chorale prelude for organ (Orgel-Büchlein No. 20), BWV 618 (BC K47)
21. Christe, du Lamm Gottes, chorale prelude for organ (Orgel-Büchlein No. 21), BWV 619 (BC K19)
22. Christus, der uns selig macht (I), chorale prelude for organ (Orgel-Büchlein No. 22), BWV 620 (BC K49)
23. Da Jesus an dem Kreuze stund’, chorale prelude for organ (Orgel-Büchlein No. 23), BWV 621 (BC K50)
24. O Mensch, bewein’ dein’ Sünde gross, chorale prelude for organ (Orgel-Büchlein No. 24), BWV 622 (BC K51)
25. Wir danken dir, Herr Jesu Christ, chorale prelude for organ (Orgel-Büchlein No. 25), BWV 623 (BC K52)
26. Hilf Gott, dass mir’s gelinge, chorale prelude for organ (Orgel-Büchlein No. 26), BWV 624 (BC K53)
27. Christ lag in Todesbanden (I), chorale prelude for organ (Orgel-Büchlein No. 27), BWV 625 (BC K55)
28. Jesus Christus, unser Heiland (I), chorale prelude for organ (Orgel-Büchlein No. 28), BWV 626 (BC K56)
29. Christ ist erstanden (I), chorale prelude for organ (Orgel-Büchlein No. 29), BWV 627 (BC K57)
30. Erstanden ist der heil’ge Christ (I), chorale prelude for organ (Orgel-Büchlein No. 30), BWV 628 (BC K58)
31. Erschienen ist der herrliche Tag, chorale prelude for organ (Orgel-Büchlein No. 31), BWV 629 (BC K59)
32. Heut triumphieret Gottes Sohn (I), chorale prelude for organ (Orgel-Büchlein No. 32), BWV 630 (BC K60)
33. Komm, Gott Schöpfer, heiliger Geist (I), chorale prelude for organ (Orgel-Büchlein No. 33), BWV 631 (BC K61)
34. Herr Jesu Christ, dich zu uns wend (I), chorale prelude for organ (Orgel-Büchlein No. 34), BWV 632 (BC K62)
35. Liebster Jesu, wir sind hier (I), chorale prelude for organ (Orgel-Büchlein No. 35), BWV 633 (BC K63b)
36. Dies sind die heilgen zehn Gebot (I), chorale prelude for organ (Orgel-Büchlein No. 37), BWV 635 (BC K64)
37. Vater unser im Himmelreich (I), chorale prelude for organ (Orgel-Büchlein No. 38), BWV 636 (BC K65)
38. Durch Adams Fall ist ganz verderbt (I), chorale prelude for organ (Orgel-Büchlein No. 39), BWV 637 (BC K66)
39. Es ist das Heil uns kommen her (I), chorale prelude for organ (Orgel-Büchlein No. 40), BWV 638 (BC K67)
40. Ich ruf zu dir, Herr Jesu Christ (I), chorale prelude for organ (Orgel-Büchlein No. 41), BWV 639 (BC K68)
41. Ich dich hab ich gehoffet, Herr, chorale prelude for organ (Orgel-Büchlein No. 42), BWV 640 (BC K69)
42. Wenn wir in höchsten Nöten sein, chorale prelude for organ (Orgel-Büchlein No. 43), BWV 641 (BC K70)
43. Wer nur den lieben Gott lässt walten (I), chorale prelude for organ (Orgel-Büchlein No. 44), BWV 642 (BC K71)
44. Alle Menschen müssen sterben (I), chorale prelude for organ (Orgel-Büchlein No. 45), BWV 643 (BC K72)
45. Ach wie nichtig, ach wie flüchtig, chorale prelude for organ (Orgel-Büchlein No. 46), BWV 644 (BC K73)


 

 

Celebrated English organist, Simon Preston, plays here a selection of works by Bach on the historic Johannes Klais organ, (1902), in the Kreuzberg Monastery Church, Bonn, Germany.

Simon’s keen choice of instrument and registration gives this recording a very traditional sound while his attack and exposition render the passages clean and articulate, almost playful at times.

Toccata and Fugue in D minor, BWV 565 00:00
Fantasia in G Major, BWV 572 08:28
Canonic Variations on the Christmas Hymn “Vom Himmel hoch, da komm’ ich her”, BWV 769 16:02
Prelude and Fugue in D Major, BWV 532 27:32
Pastorale in F Major, BWV 590 36:57
Prelude and Fugue in E flat Major, BWV 552 “St. Anne” 47:41


 

 

Simon Preston plays works of Julius Reubke and Franz Liszt on the Organ of Westminster Abbey.

Julius Reubke (1834-1858):
Sonata for Organ in C minor “The 94th Psalm” 00:00

Franz Liszt (1811-1886):
Fantasia and Fugue on the chorale “Ad nos, ad salutarem undam” 26:20


 

 

The sublime 1984 Deutsche Grammophon recording of works by Louis Vierne and Charles-Marie Widor played by Simon Preston at the Organ of Westminster Abbey.

LOUIS VIERNE
Carillon de Westminster, Opus 54, No. 6
Andante con moto 00:00

CHARLES-MARIE WIDOR
Symphony for Organ, No. 5 in F minor, Opus 42, No. 1
Allegro vivace 06:50
Allegro cantabile 17:20
Andantino quasi allegretto 26:50
Adagio 33:25
Toccata: Allegro 39:18