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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  • 26.
    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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  • 27.
    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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  • 28.
    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
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  • 29.
    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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  • 30.
    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,  Carlo Maria Giulini,  Leonard Bernstein,  Pierre Boulez  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gabrieli Consort,  Andalucian Dogs
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  • 31.
    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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  • 32.
    Handel Gold - Bartoli, Fleming, Kozena, Terfel, Villazon, Te Kanawa, Sutherland, Et Al
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 001280102 Release Date: 04/14/2009   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  George Frideric Handel
    Performer:  Dame Kiri Te Kanawa,  Crispian Steele-Perkins,  Cecilia Bartoli,  Placido Domingo  ... 
    Conductor:  Barry Rose,  Marc Minkowski,  Marcello Viotti,  Richard Bonynge  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Chamber Orchestra,  Les Musiciens du Louvre,  Verdi Grand Symphonic Orchestra Milan  ... 
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  • 33.
    Variations On America - Organ Spectacular / Simon Preston
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 421731 Release Date: 01/30/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  John Philip Sousa,  Camille Saint-Saëns,  Charles Ives,  Dudley Buck  ... 
    Performer:  Simon Preston
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  • 34.
    Ave Maria
    Label: London/Decca Weekend Classics   Catalog: 421029 Release Date: 01/07/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Charles Gounod,  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Felix Mendelssohn  ... 
    Performer:  Leontyne Price,  Peter White,  Felicity Palmer,  Erna Spoorenberg  ... 
    Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan,  George Guest,  Sir Neville Marriner,  Wyn Morris  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra,  Cambridge St. John's College Choir,  Wren Orchestra  ... 
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  • 35.
    Early English Organ Music / Simon Preston
    Label: Archiv Produktion (Dg)   Catalog: 415675 Release Date: 10/29/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Anonymous,  William Byrd,  Henry Purcell,  John Farrant  ... 
    Performer:  Simon Preston,  Trevor Pinnock
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  • 36.
    Reubke, Liszt: Organ Works / Simon Preston
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 415139 Release Date: 10/29/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Liszt,  Julius Reubke
    Performer:  Simon Preston
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  • 37.
    Bach: Solo Organ Concertos 1-6 / Simon Preston
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 423087 Release Date: 09/30/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  Simon Preston
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  • 38.
    God Rot Tunbridge Wells - The Life Of Georg Frederic Handel
    Label: Tony Palmer Films   Catalog: TPDVD114 Release Date: 06/24/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Frideric Handel
    Performer:  John Shirley-Quirk,  James Bowman,  Anthony Rolfe Johnson,  Valerie Masterson  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir Charles Mackerras
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Chamber Orchestra
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  • 39.
    Bach: Trio Sonatas Bwv 525-530 / Simon Preston
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 437835 Release Date: 11/13/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  Simon Preston
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  • 40.
    Michael Haydn: Horn Concerto, Minuets, Etc / Tuckwell, Marriner, Vienna Octet
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 436222 Release Date: 10/12/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Michael Haydn
    Performer:  Stephen Shingles,  Simon Preston,  Barry Tuckwell,  Gunther Breitenbach  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields,  Vienna Octet members
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  • 41.
    Bach Adagios - Over 2 1/2 Hours Of The Most Beautiful Music
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 000944302 Release Date: 10/09/2007   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  Lisa Beznosiuk,  Trevor Pinnock,  Simon Standage,  Heinz Holliger  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner,  Raymond Agoult,  Arpád Gerecz,  Raymond Leppard  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields,  English Concert,  Camerata Bern  ... 
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  • 42.
    The Premium Collection - 75 Classical Masterworks
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 000988602 Release Date: 10/09/2007   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Johann Pachelbel,  Edvard Grieg,  Camille Saint-Saëns,  Gabriel Fauré  ... 
    Performer:  Alfons Kontarsky,  Aloys Kontarsky,  Wolfgang Herzer,  Göran Söllscher  ... 
    Conductor:  Baumgartner,  Neeme Järvi,  Seiji Ozawa,  Rafael Kubelik  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Lucerne Festival Strings
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  • 43.
    Bach: Schübler Chorales & Other Organ Works / Simon Preston
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 435381 Release Date: 09/24/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  Simon Preston
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  • 44.
    Bach: Die Brandenburgischen Konzerte, Etc. / Schreier
    Label: Philips   Catalog: 434918 Release Date: 09/17/2007   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  Simon Preston,  Irena Grafenauer,  Hĺkan Hardenberger,  Maurice Bourgue
    Conductor:  Peter Schreier
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  C.P.E. Bach Chamber Orchestra
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  • 45.
    Franck: Symphony;  Poulenc: Organ Concerto / Preston, Ozawa
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 437827 Release Date: 09/17/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  César Franck,  Francis Poulenc
    Performer:  Everett Firth,  Simon Preston
    Conductor:  Seiji Ozawa
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Symphony Orchestra
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  • 46.
    The Art Of The Trumpet - Albinoni, Haydn, Telemann, Vivaldi, Takemitsu, Etc / Hĺkan Hardenberger
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 000972002 Release Date: 09/11/2007   Number of Discs: 5
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi,  Arcangelo Corelli,  Tomaso Albinoni,  Giuseppe Torelli  ... 
    Performer:  Hĺkan Hardenberger,  Reinhold Friedrich,  Karl-Ernst Schröder,  Sergio Azzolini  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  I Musici,  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
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  • 47.
    Bach: Orgelbüchlein Bwv 599-644 / Simon Preston
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 431816 Release Date: 04/09/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  Simon Preston
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  • 48.
    Messiaen: La Transfiguration De Jesus Christ, Etc / Dorati
    Label: London/Decca Enterprise   Catalog: 425616 Release Date: 04/09/2007   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Olivier Messiaen
    Performer:  János Starker,  Frank Ames,  Ronald Barnett,  John Kane  ... 
    Conductor:  Antal Doráti
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  National Symphony, Washington, D. C.,  Westminster Symphonic Choir
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  • 49.
    Royal Albert Hall Organ Restored / Simon Preston
    Label: Signum U.k.   Catalog: 84 Release Date: 09/26/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Robert Schumann,  Felix Mendelssohn,  Joseph Jongen,  William Bolcom  ... 
    Performer:  Simon Preston
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  • 50.
    Britten: War Requiem / Britten, London Symphony
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 000638902 Release Date: 05/16/2006   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Benjamin Britten
    Performer:  Peter Pears,  Simon Preston,  Galina Vishnevskaya,  Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau
    Conductor:  Benjamin Britten
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Chorus,  London Symphony Orchestra,  Highgate School Chorus  ... 
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