Simon Preston

Biography

Born: August 4, 1938; Bournemouth, Dorset, England  
Preston studied organ with C.H. Trevor at the Royal Academy of Music from 1956 to 1958. He later became an organ scholar at King's College Cambridge. His debut was at Festival Hall in 1962 in Janacek's Glagolitic Mass. From 1962-1967, Preston was sub-organist at Westminster Abbey, then proceeded to initiate his solo concert career. At this same time he began building his reputation as a harpsichordist. In 1970, Preston was named organist and Read more lecturer at Christ Church, Oxford, and since 1981 has been organist of Westminster Abbey.

Preston is known not only for his impeccable technique, but also for his imaginative use of color. This latter quality has made him a leading exponent of the music of Messiaen and Liszt. His repertory encompasses the entire literature from the Baroque on, and his recording of the Handel concertos is highly esteemed. Read less

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Biography

Born: August 4, 1938; Bournemouth, Dorset, England  
Preston studied organ with C.H. Trevor at the Royal Academy of Music from 1956 to 1958. He later became an organ scholar at King's College Cambridge. His debut was at Festival Hall in 1962 in Janacek's Glagolitic Mass. From 1962-1967, Preston was sub-organist at Westminster Abbey, then proceeded to initiate his solo concert career. At this same time he began building his reputation as a harpsichordist. In 1970, Preston was named organist and Read more
WORKS ALBUMS
TITLE/COMPOSER
LABEL
Gloria in excelsis
Et in terra pax
Allegro: Laudamus te
Adagio - Allegro: Gratias agimus tibi
Propter magnum gloriam
Largo: Domine Deus, Rex Coelestis
Allegro: Domini fili unigenite
Adagio: Domine Deus, Agnus Dei
Adagio - Allegro: Qui tollis peccata mundi
Allegro: Qui sedes ad dexteram patris
Allegro: Quoniam tu solus sanctus
Allegro: Cum Sancto Spiritu
1. Nulla in mundo pax (Larghetto)
Blande colore...Spirat anguis inter flores
4. Alleluia (Allegro)
Vivaldi: Gloria in D, RV.589 - Gloria in excelsis
Vivaldi: Gloria in D, R.589 - Et in terra pax
Vivaldi: Gloria in D, R.589 - Allegro: Laudamus te
Vivaldi: Gloria in D, R.589 - Adagio - Allegro: Gratias agimus tibi
Vivaldi: Gloria in D, R.589 - Propter magnum gloriam
Vivaldi: Gloria in D, R.589 - Largo: Domine Deus, Rex Coelestis
Vivaldi: Gloria in D, R.589 - Allegro: Domini fili unigenite
Vivaldi: Gloria in D, R.589 - Adagio: Domine Deus, Agnus Dei
Vivaldi: Gloria in D, R.589 - Adagio - Allegro: Qui tollis peccata mundi
Vivaldi: Gloria in D, R.589 - Allegro: Qui sedes ad dexteram patris
Vivaldi: Gloria in D, R.589 - Allegro: Quoniam tu solus sanctus
Vivaldi: Gloria in D, R.589 - Allegro: Cum Sancto Spiritu
Vivaldi: Nulla in mundo pax, RV.630 - 1. Nulla in mundo pax (Larghetto)
Vivaldi: Nulla in mundo pax, R.630 - Blande colore...Spirat anguis inter flores
Vivaldi: Nulla in mundo pax, R.630 - 4. Alleluia (Allegro)
1. Dixit Dominus
2. Virgam virtutis tuae
3. Tecum principium in die virtutis
4. Juravit Dominus
5. Tu es sacerdos in aeternum
6. Dominus a dextris tuis
7. Judicabit in nationibus
8. De torrente in via bibet
9. Gloria Patri
1. Nisi Dominus
2. Vanum est
3. Cum dederit dilectis suis somnum
4. Sicut sagittae in manu potentis (Allegro)
5. Beatus vir
6. Gloria Patri
Salve Regina
Ad te clamamus
Eia ergo, advocata nostro
O clemens, o pia
1. We praise Thee, O God
2. All the earth does worship Thee
3. To Thee all angels cry aloud
4. To Thee Cherubin and Seraphim
5. The glorious company of th'apostles
6. Thine honourable, true, and only Son
7. Thou art the King of glory
8. When Thou tookest upon Thee
9. When Thou hadst overcome the sharpness of death
10. Thou didst open the kingdom of heaven
11. Thou sittest at the right hand of God
12. (Adagio)
13. We therefore pray Thee
14. Make them to be number'd
15. Day by day we magnify Thee
16. And we worship Thy name
17. Vouchsafe, O Lord
18. O Lord, in Thee have I trusted
1. The King shall rejoice
2. His honour is great
3. Though shalt give him everlasting felicity
4. And why? Because the King putteth his trust in the Lord
5. We will rejoice in Thy salvation
Turner: The King shall rejoyce - Symphony
Turner: The King shall rejoyce - The King shall rejoyce
Turner: The King shall rejoyce - Thou hast giv'n him
Turner: The King shall rejoyce - He asked life of thee
Turner: The King shall rejoyce - His honour is great
Turner: The King shall rejoyce - For thou shalt give him
Turner: The King shall rejoyce - And why?
Turner: The King shall rejoyce - Be Thou exalted
1. Dixit Dominus
2. Virgam virtutis tuae
3. Tecum principium in die virtutis
4. Juravit Dominus
5. Tu es sacerdos in aeternum
6. Dominus a dextris tuis
7. Judicabit in nationibus
8. De torrente in via bibet
9. Gloria Patri
1. Nisi Dominus
2. Vanum est
3. Cum dederit dilectis suis somnum
4. Sicut sagittae in manu potentis (Allegro)
5. Beatus vir
6. Gloria Patri
Salve Regina
Ad te clamamus
Eia ergo, advocata nostro
O clemens, o pia
Gloria in excelsis
Et in terra pax
Allegro: Laudamus te
Adagio - Allegro: Gratias agimus tibi
Propter magnum gloriam
Largo: Domine Deus, Rex Coelestis
Allegro: Domini fili unigenite
Adagio: Domine Deus, Agnus Dei
Adagio - Allegro: Qui tollis peccata mundi
Allegro: Qui sedes ad dexteram patris
Allegro: Quoniam tu solus sanctus
Allegro: Cum Sancto Spiritu
We praise thee, O God
To thee all Angels cry aloud To thee Cherubin and Seraphin
The glorious company of the Apostles Thou art the King of Glory
When thou took'st upon thee / When thou hadst overcome Thou sittest at the right hand of God
We believe that thou shalt come
"Day by day" / "And we worship thy Name"
Vouchsafe, O Lord
O Lord, in thee have I trusted
O be joyful in the Lord
Serve the Lord with gladness
Be ye sure that the Lord he is God
O go your way into his gates
For the Lord is gracious
Glory be to the Father
I. (Allegro)
II. Adagio
III. Presto
Kyrie
Gloria
Credo
Sanctus
Benedictus - Hosanna
Agnus Dei I - II
1. We praise Thee, O God
2. All the earth does worship Thee
3. To Thee all angels cry aloud
4. To Thee Cherubin and Seraphim
5. The glorious company of th'apostles
6. Thine honourable, true, and only Son
7. Thou art the King of glory
8. When Thou tookest upon Thee
9. When Thou hadst overcome the sharpness of death
10. Thou didst open the kingdom of heaven
11. Thou sittest at the right hand of God
12. (Adagio)
13. We therefore pray Thee
14. Make them to be number'd
15. Day by day we magnify Thee
16. And we worship Thy name
17. Vouchsafe, O Lord
18. O Lord, in Thee have I trusted
1. The King shall rejoice
2. His honour is great
3. Though shalt give him everlasting felicity
4. And why? Because the King putteth his trust in the Lord
5. We will rejoice in Thy salvation


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