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    Simon Preston and Bach's Organ Works

    Now, I couldn't resist Simon Preston playing Bach's Complete Organ Works from iTunes as I thought $59.99 was pretty, bloody cheap. Again, no organ listed, anyone help with this, driving me demented. David
    I'm not an atheist and I don't think I can call myself a pantheist. We are in the position of a little child entering a huge library filled with books in many different languages. The child knows someone must have written those books. It does not know how. The child dimly suspects a mysterious order in the arrangement of the books but doesn't know what it is. That, it seems to me, is the attitude of even the most intelligent human being toward God.
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    Hi David,
    I understand.... so many tracks and no organ details........ dementia indeed.
    Let me search my archives if I can get up with something.

    PS. Any organ recording has to give details : Place, instrument, ranks/stops ect and registrations made by the performer on each track. This is a must ! I just love when I get a CD from Marie-Claire and see the in depth details on how she registers the organ for each part of all the tracks !
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    Quote Originally Posted by Contratrombone64 View Post
    Now, I couldn't resist Simon Preston playing Bach's Complete Organ Works from iTunes as I thought $59.99 was pretty, bloody cheap. Again, no organ listed, anyone help with this, driving me demented. David
    Unlucky you, it was even cheaper at f.i. Amazon:

    http://www.amazon.com/Bach-Organ-Wor...dp/B0033KR5XY/

    It has been (re-)issued three times now; I have the 2nd 'edition'.

    Here is some handy info about this not-really-complete integral:

    http://www.bach-cantatas.com/NVP/Preston.htm#Organ

    My own opinion (for what it's worth of course):
    Free works in general not to my likings. Too much 'cat on a hot tin roof' playing.
    I think the Trio Sonatas are fine though, and also quite a lot of the chorale preludes/partitas/variations, especially the 3rd part of the Clavier-Übung on the Joachim Wagner organ in Trondheim's Cathedral (Norway). This is also my favourite instrument of the lot, together with the Marcussen organ of Sorø's Klosterkirke in Denmark.

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    Marc - thanks very much, that at least tells me what I need to know. As to getting it cheaper on Amazon, spilled milk and all that.
    I'm not an atheist and I don't think I can call myself a pantheist. We are in the position of a little child entering a huge library filled with books in many different languages. The child knows someone must have written those books. It does not know how. The child dimly suspects a mysterious order in the arrangement of the books but doesn't know what it is. That, it seems to me, is the attitude of even the most intelligent human being toward God.
    —Albert Einstein.

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