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Simon Preston


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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  • 1.
    The Choir Of King's College Cambridge: The Complete Argo Recordings
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 002410702 Release Date: 12/04/2015   Number of Discs: 29
    Composer:  William Byrd,  John Taverner,  Orlando Gibbons,  Giovanni Palestrina  ... 
    Performer:  David Ward,  Peter Pears,  Alexander Young,  Elizabeth Harwood  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir David Willcocks,  Boris Ord,  Sir Philip Ledger,  Stephen Cleobury
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cambridge King's College Choir,  Philomusica of London,  London Symphony Orchestra  ... 
    CD: $113.99
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    Stravinsky Complete Edition [30-CD Set]
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 002398272 Release Date: 10/23/2015   Number of Discs: 30
    Composer:  Igor Stravinsky
    Performer:  Felicity Palmer,  Ian Caley,  Phyllis Bryn-Julson,  John Tomlinson  ... 
    Conductor:  Pierre Boulez,  Riccardo Chailly,  Claudio Abbado,  Gennadi Rozhdestvensky  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony Orchestra,  Cleveland Orchestra,  BBC Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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    100 Great Symphonies
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 002054602 Release Date: 06/03/2014   Number of Discs: 56
    Composer:  Giovanni Battista Sammartini,  Johann Wenzel Stamitz,  Carl Ditters von Dittersdorf,  Johann Christian Bach  ... 
    Performer:  Dame Gwyneth Jones,  Hanna Schwarz,  René Kollo,  Kurt Moll  ... 
    Conductor:  Kevin Mallon,  Christopher Hogwood,  Thomas Füri,  Sir Neville Marriner  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Aradia Ensemble,  Academy of Ancient Music,  Camerata Bern  ... 
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  • 4.
    Bach Masterworks - The Original Jackets Collection
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 001929902 Release Date: 12/10/2013   Number of Discs: 50
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  Hertha Töpper,  Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau,  Maria Stader,  Ernst Haefliger  ... 
    Conductor:  Karl Richter,  John Eliot Gardiner,  Rainer Kussmaul,  Reinhard Goebel  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Munich Bach Orchestra,  Munich Bach Choir,  English Baroque Soloists  ... 
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    Vierne, Widor, Reubke: Organ Works
    Label: Dg Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 001930802 Release Date: 11/11/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Louis Vierne,  Charles-Marie Widor,  Julius Reubke
    Performer:  Simon Preston
    CD: $12.99
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    Handel: Complete Orchestral Recordings / Pinnock
    Label: Archiv Produktion (Dg)   Catalog: 001923802 Release Date: 10/22/2013   Number of Discs: 11
    Composer:  George Frideric Handel
    Performer:  Michael Laird,  David Reichenberg,  Simon Standage,  Alastair Mitchell  ... 
    Conductor:  Trevor Pinnock
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Concert
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    Discover... Bach
    Label: Dg Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 001909902 Release Date: 10/08/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  Simon Preston,  Mischa Maisky,  Trevor Pinnock,  Simon Standage  ... 
    Conductor:  Trevor Pinnock,  John E. Gardiner
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Concert,  English Baroque Soloists
    CD: $6.99
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    Britten: War Requiem / Britten, Vishnevskaya, Pears [2-CDs & Blu-ray Audio]
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 001895702 Release Date: 09/17/2013   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Benjamin Britten
    Performer:  Galina Vishnevskaya,  Peter Pears,  Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau,  Simon Preston
    Conductor:  Benjamin Britten
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra,  London Symphony Chorus,  Highgate School Chorus  ... 
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    Anniversary Series - Organ Collection
    Label: Signum U.k.   Catalog: 302 Release Date: 10/30/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Felix Mendelssohn,  Robert Schumann,  Samuel Sebastian Wesley  ... 
    Performer:  David Goode,  Joseph Nolan,  Simon Preston,  James Vivian  ... 
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    All-Baroque Box (From Monteverdi To Bach) [50-CD Limited Edition]
    Label: Archiv Produktion (Dg)   Catalog: 001719702 Release Date: 09/25/2012   Number of Discs: 50
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  George Frideric Handel,  Domenico Scarlatti,  Giovanni Battista Pergolesi  ... 
    Performer:  Peter Harvey,  Stephen Varcoe,  Anthony Rolfe Johnson,  Michael Chance  ... 
    Conductor:  John Eliot Gardiner,  Paul McCreesh,  Marc Minkowski,  Trevor Pinnock  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Baroque Soloists,  Monteverdi Choir,  Gabrieli Consort  ... 
    CD: $138.99
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    Albinoni: Adagio; Pachelbel: Canon
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 001703302 Release Date: 07/24/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Frideric Handel,  Tomaso Albinoni,  Arcangelo Corelli,  Antonio Vivaldi  ... 
    Performer:  Wolfgang Meyer,  Heinz Holliger,  Eric Wyrick,  Eric Bartlett  ... 
    Conductor:  Trevor Pinnock,  Rafael Kubelik,  Alexander Van Wijnkoop,  Claudio Abbado  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  I Musici
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    Label: Heritage   Catalog: 226 Release Date: 07/17/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Orlando Gibbons
    Performer:  Hugh McLean,  Simon Preston
    Conductor:  Sir David Willcocks
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Jacobean Consort Of Viols
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  • 13.
    King's College Choir Cambridge Sings J. S. Bach
    Label: Musical Concepts   Catalog: 1181 Release Date: 06/05/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  Simon Preston,  Francis Baines,  Bernard Richards
    Conductor:  Sir David Willcocks
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cambridge King's College Choir
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    First Choice: Saint-saens:
    Label: Dg Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 001662702 Release Date: 04/10/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Camille Saint-Saëns,  Paul Dukas,  Hector Berlioz
    Performer:  Simon Preston
    Conductor:  James Levine
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  • 15.
    Great Cathedral Organs [13-CD Set]
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 0852952 Release Date: 11/15/2011   Number of Discs: 13
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Louis-Claude Daquin,  Henry Purcell,  Sigfrid Karg-Elert  ... 
    Performer:  Noel Rawsthorne,  Francis Jackson,  Douglas Guest,  Simon Preston  ... 
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  • 16.
    Creepy Classics: Halloween's Greatest Hits
    Label: Dg Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 001594802 Release Date: 09/20/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Charles Gounod,  John T. Williams,  Jerry Goldsmith,  Bernard Herrmann  ... 
    Performer:  Simon Preston
    Conductor:  Sir Alexander Gibson,  John T. Williams,  John Mauceri,  Bernard Herrmann  ... 
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  • 17.
    Bach: Brandenburg Concertos; Triple Concertos / Schreier, CPE Bach Chamber Orchestra
    Label: Newton Classics   Catalog: 8802075 Release Date: 07/26/2011   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  Maurice Bourgue,  Håkan Hardenberger,  Irena Grafenauer,  Simon Preston
    Conductor:  Peter Schreier
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  C.P.E. Bach Chamber Orchestra
    CD: $17.99
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  • 18.
    The Classical Album 2011
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 001566202 Release Date: 06/14/2011   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Vincenzo Bellini,  Franz Liszt,  Jules Massenet,  Giacomo Puccini  ... 
    Performer:  Cecilia Bartoli,  Lang Lang,  Anne-Sophie Mutter,  Anna Netrebko  ... 
    Conductor:  Adám Fischer,  James Levine,  Claudio Abbado,  Riccardo Chailly  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  International Chamber Soloists
    CD: $21.99
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  • 19.
    Seiji Ozawa - Anniversary [11-CD Set]
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 001464002 Release Date: 09/14/2010   Number of Discs: 11
    Composer:  Hector Berlioz,  Sergei Prokofiev,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Richard Wagner  ... 
    Performer:  Trevor Pinnock,  Everett Firth,  Simon Preston,  Kathleen Battle  ... 
    Conductor:  Seiji Ozawa
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  San Francisco Symphony Orchestra,  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra,  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
    CD: $57.99
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  • 20.
    Nowell / Louis Halsey, Elizabethan Singers
    Label: London/Decca Weekend Classics   Catalog: 425515 Release Date: 06/28/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Xaver Gruber,  Traditional,  James R. Murray
    Performer:  Simon Preston,  Wilfrid Parry
    Conductor:  Louis Halsey
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Elizabethan Singers
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  • 21.
    Awake The Trumpet's Lofty Sound - Music For Trumpets & Organ
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 419245 Release Date: 04/05/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Dietrich Buxtehude,  George Frideric Handel,  Henry Purcell,  Alessandro Scarlatti  ... 
    Performer:  Hannes Läubin,  Wolfgang Läubin,  Bernhard Läubin,  Simon Preston  ... 
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  • 22.
    Bach: The Organ Works / Simon Preston [14-CD Collector's Edition]
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 001408402 Release Date: 03/30/2010   Number of Discs: 14
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  Simon Preston
    CD: $75.49
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  • 23.
    Copland: Dance Symphony, Short Symphony, Etc / Slatkin
    Label: Rca Victor Red Seal   Catalog: 68292 Release Date: 12/16/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Aaron Copland
    Performer:  Simon Preston
    Conductor:  Leonard Slatkin
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  St. Louis Symphony Orchestra
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  • 24.
    State Of The Art - The Story Of Deutsche Grammophon
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 001341102 Release Date: 12/15/2009   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms,  Frédéric Chopin,  Gabriel Fauré,  Claude Debussy  ... 
    Performer:  Martha Argerich,  Rafal Blechacz,  Kathleen Battle,  Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli  ... 
    Conductor:  Claudio Abbado,  George Szell,  Leonard Bernstein,  Pierre Boulez  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gabrieli Consort,  Andalucian Dogs
    CD: $108.49
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  • 25.
    Got Rot Tunbridge Wells [soundtrack] / Sir Charles Mackerras, Emma Kirkby, Et Al
    Label: Voiceprint   Catalog: 1508 Release Date: 09/29/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Frideric Handel
    Performer:  James Bowman,  Elizabeth Harwood,  Judith Howarth,  Lynn Anderson  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir Charles Mackerras
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Chamber Orchestra
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