In a polished and musically presented program, Mary Preston demonstrates her complete mastery of the Lay Family Concert Organ and the splendid acoustic of Meyerson Symphony Hall. While powerful Messiaen will challenge sound systems, quieter pieces show the versatility of this grand instrument and its complete range of sonorities is skillfully employed. Michael Alan Fox writes with insight about the organ in the CD booklet and also provides a helpful listeners guide.
KARG-ELERT: Choral Improvisation on Now Thank We All Our God
MENDELSSOHN: Sonata No. 1 in F
WIDOR: Andante Sostenuto from Symphonie Gothique; Toccata from Symphony No. 5
IVES: Variations on America
MESSIAEN: Dieu Parmi Nous
LA MONTAINE: Even Song