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    Simon Preston and Widor

    OK - so I downloaded a recording of the 5th Symphony of Widor. Played by Simon Preston but no mention of the organ ... deutschegramaphon's website is about as useful as a chocolate teapot on this question, too.

    Anyone own this recording and can put me out of my misery?

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    Hi C.T. 64
    I recently heard the toccata played by Simon Preston at the Westminster Abbey London on a radio request programme.Hope this helps.

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    He was organist there for quite a while...

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    If this performance was on the Decca label, (re-mastered in 1991) it was quite possibly recorded in 1967 on the Westminster Abbey, where he was organist at the time, before the organ console (with pipe additions) was enlarged to 5 manuals. Source: Amazon.com
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    Yeah - it was Preston who came to the conclusion that in spite of the organ being quite sizeable, it could use something extra given the enormous size of the church it services. So I believe they added a Bombarde organ on a 5th manual along with a few other additions elsewhere.

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    NEB, funny really, I just got an email from Deutschegrammaphon confirming my question (of two months ago) that it was, in fact recorded at Westminster Abbey. Now that is a wonderful instrument, indeed and Preston's phrasing of the opening movement of the 5th symphony follow's Widor's staccato and tenuto markings to the letter ... unlike van Oosten and Alain for example. Very spikey and appealling.

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    has anyone played beethovan's #5 symphony on the pipe organ. I have!

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