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The programme had been designed to explore all the instrument's facilities.
One work occupied the second half: Widor's Symphony No 5 in F. Although
exquisitely played and registered, as the piece wound its tedious, derivative
way through four movements -- and why is so much mediocre music (with some
notable exceptions) written for the organ? -- I gained the impression that
most of the audience was waiting for that Toccata. At last it emerged
allowing us to marvel yet again at Preston's technique. As we came to the
final chord, a glitch occurred and all we got was a stunning silence ...
Preston pummelled the keys and eventually was able to bring the piece to
a close to tremendous cheers from the audience. Mopping his brow he assured
us that 'this is not a practical joke, it's never happened to me before!'
With considerable courage he returned to the platform to play a study by
Bossi as an encore without anything else untoward happening.
What happened? Will it happen again? Theories abound but your guess is
as good as mine. Meanwhile there are three more recitals to savour:
Dame Gillian Weir (26 January); Nicolas Kynaston (8 March); Wayne Marshall
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Shirley Ratcliffe, Norfolk, UK
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