Simon Preston

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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 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.
    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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  • 27.
    Copland: Dance Symphony, Short Symphony, Etc / Slatkin
    Label: Rca Victor Red Seal   Catalog: 68292 Release Date: 12/29/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Aaron Copland
    Performer:  Simon Preston
    Conductor:  Leonard Slatkin
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  St. Louis Symphony Orchestra
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  • 28.
    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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  • 29.
    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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  • 30.
    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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  • 31.
    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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  • 32.
    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,  Orlando Gibbons,  Henry Purcell  ... 
    Performer:  Simon Preston,  Trevor Pinnock
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  • 33.
    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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  • 34.
    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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  • 35.
    The World Of The Organ
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 430091 Release Date: 08/26/2008  
    Composer:  Charles-Marie Widor,  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Sir William Walton  ... 
    Performer:  Simon Preston
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  • 36.
    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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  • 37.
    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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  • 38.
    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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  • 39.
    Handel: Organ Concertos / Preston, Menuhin
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 00864 Release Date: 10/02/2007   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  George Frideric Handel
    Performer:  Simon Preston,  Colin Tilney,  Valda Aveling
    Conductor:  Yehudi Menuhin
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Menuhin Festival Orchestra
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  • 40.
    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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  • 41.
    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,  Håkan Hardenberger,  Maurice Bourgue
    Conductor:  Peter Schreier
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  C.P.E. Bach Chamber Orchestra
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  • 42.
    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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  • 43.
    The Art Of The Trumpet - Albinoni, Haydn, Telemann, Vivaldi, Takemitsu, Etc / Håkan Hardenberger
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 000972002 Release Date: 09/11/2007   Number of Discs: 5
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi,  Arcangelo Corelli,  Tomaso Albinoni,  Giuseppe Torelli  ... 
    Performer:  Håkan 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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  • 44.
    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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  • 45.
    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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  • 46.
    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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  • 47.
    Essential Hymns - 50 Best-Loved Hymns of All Time
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 000664702 Release Date: 07/04/2006   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  John Tavener,  John Rutter,  Traditional,  Melchior Vulpius  ... 
    Performer:  Charles MacDonald,  Wilfred Brown,  Maurice Vinden,  Brian Runnett  ... 
    Conductor:  Stephen Layton,  Neil Page,  John Warburton,  John Eliot Gardiner  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Temple Church Choir,  Holst Singers,  English Sinfonia  ... 
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  • 48.
    Britten Conducts Britten Vol 3
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 000639602 Release Date: 05/16/2006   Number of Discs: 10
    Composer:  Benjamin Britten
    Performer:  Bryan Drake,  John Shirley-Quirk,  Robert Tear,  Peter Pears  ... 
    Conductor:  Benjamin Britten,  George Malcolm,  Norman Del Mar,  Russell Burgess
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Opera Group Orchestra,  English Chamber Group,  Alleyn's School Choir  ... 
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  • 49.
    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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  • 50.
    Classical Bytes - Bach
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 000616602 Release Date: 03/14/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Charles Gounod
    Performer:  Simon Preston,  Andrei Gavrilov,  Igor Oistrakh,  David Oistrakh  ... 
    Conductor:  Karl Richter,  Sir Eugene Goossens,  Herbert von Karajan,  Arthur Fiedler  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Munich Bach Orchestra,  Munich Bach Choir,  Royal Philarmonic Orquestra  ... 
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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
1. Allegro vivace
2. Allegro cantabile
3. Andantini quasi allegretto
4. Adagio
5. Toccata (Allegro)
1. Grave - Larghetto - Allegro con fuoco - Grave
2. Adagio - Lento
3. (Fugue) Allegro
Handel: Organ Concerto No.1 In G Minor, Op.4 No.1 HWV 289 - 1. Larghetto e staccato
Handel: Organ Concerto No.1 In G Minor, Op.4 No.1 HWV 289 - 2. Allegro
Handel: Organ Concerto No.1 In G Minor, Op.4 No.1 HWV 289 - 3. Adagio
Handel: Organ Concerto No.1 In G Minor, Op.4 No.1 HWV 289 - 4. Andante
Handel: Organ Concerto No.2 In B Flat, Op.4 No.2 HWV 290 - A tempo ordinario e staccato
Handel: Organ Concerto No.2 In B Flat, Op.4 No.2 HWV 290 - Allegro
Handel: Organ Concerto No.2 In B Flat, Op.4 No.2 HWV 290 - Adagio e staccato
Handel: Organ Concerto No.2 In B Flat, Op.4 No.2 HWV 290 - Allegro ma non presto
Handel: Organ Concerto No.3 In G Minor, Op.4 No.3 HWV 291 - 1. Adagio
Handel: Organ Concerto No.3 In G Minor, Op.4 No.3 HWV 291 - 3. Allegro
Handel: Organ Concerto No.3 In G Minor, Op.4 No.3 HWV 291 - 4. Adagio
Handel: Organ Concerto No.3 In G Minor, Op.4 No.3 HWV 291 - 5. Gavotte
Handel: Organ Concerto No.4 In F, Op.4 No.4 HWV 292 - Allegro
Handel: Organ Concerto No.4 In F, Op.4 No.4 HWV 292 - Andante
Handel: Organ Concerto No.4 In F, Op.4 No.4 HWV 292 - Adagio
Handel: Organ Concerto No.4 In F, Op.4 No.4 HWV 292 - Allegro
Handel: Organ Concerto No.5 In F, Op.4 No.5 HWV 293 - 1. Larghetto
Handel: Organ Concerto No.5 In F, Op.4 No.5 HWV 293 - 2. Allegro
Handel: Organ Concerto No.5 In F, Op.4 No.5 HWV 293 - 3. Alla siciliana
Handel: Organ Concerto No.5 In F, Op.4 No.5 HWV 293 - 4. Presto
Handel: Organ Concerto No.7 In B Flat, Op.7 No.1 HWV 306 - 1. Andante
Handel: Organ Concerto No.7 In B Flat, Op.7 No.1 HWV 306 - 2. Andante
Handel: Organ Concerto No.7 In B Flat, Op.7 No.1 HWV 306 - 3. Largo e piano
Handel: Organ Concerto No.7 In B Flat, Op.7 No.1 HWV 306 - 4. Allegro
Handel: Organ Concerto No.7 In B Flat, Op.7 No.1 HWV 306 - 5. Organo ad libitum: Adagio
Handel: Organ Concerto No.7 In B Flat, Op.7 No.1 HWV 306 - 6. Bourrée
Handel: Organ Concerto No.8 In A, Op.7 No.2 HWV 307 - Ouverture
Handel: Organ Concerto No.8 In A, Op.7 No.2 HWV 307 - A tempo ordinario
Handel: Organ Concerto No.8 In A, Op.7 No.2 HWV 307 - Organo ad libitum (Adagio)
Handel: Organ Concerto No.8 In A, Op.7 No.2 HWV 307 - Allegro
Handel: Organ Concerto No.9 In B Flat, Op.7 No.3 HWV 308 - 1. Allegro
Handel: Organ Concerto No.9 In B Flat, Op.7 No.3 HWV 308 - 2. Organo ad libitum: Adagio - Fuga
Handel: Organ Concerto No.9 In B Flat, Op.7 No.3 HWV 308 - 3. Spiritoso
Handel: Organ Concerto No.9 In B Flat, Op.7 No.3 HWV 308 - 4. Menuet
Handel: Organ Concerto No.10 In D Minor, Op.7 No.4 HWV 309 - 1. Adagio
Handel: Organ Concerto No.10 In D Minor, Op.7 No.4 HWV 309 - 2. Allegro
Handel: Organ Concerto No.10 In D Minor, Op.7 No.4 HWV 309 - 3. Organo ad libitum: Fuga. Larghetto
Handel: Organ Concerto No.10 In D Minor, Op.7 No.4 HWV 309 - 4. Allegro
Handel: Organ Concerto No.11 In G Minor, Op.7 No.5 HWV 310 - Staccato ma non troppo allegro
Handel: Organ Concerto No.11 In G Minor, Op.7 No.5 HWV 310 - Andante larghetto e staccato
Handel: Organ Concerto No.11 In G Minor, Op.7 No.5 HWV 310 - Menuet
Handel: Organ Concerto No.11 In G Minor, Op.7 No.5 HWV 310 - Gavotte
Handel: Organ Concerto No.12 In B Flat, Op.7 No.6 HWV 311 - 1. Pomposo
Handel: Organ Concerto No.12 In B Flat, Op.7 No.6 HWV 311 - 2. Organo ad libitum: Air. Lentement
Handel: Organ Concerto No.12 In B Flat, Op.7 No.6 HWV 311 - 3. Air. A tempo ordinario
Handel: Organ Concerto No.13 In F -"Cuckoo And The Nightingale" HWV 295 - Larghetto
Handel: Organ Concerto No.13 In F -"Cuckoo And The Nightingale" HWV 295 - Allegro
Handel: Organ Concerto No.13 In F -"Cuckoo And The Nightingale" HWV 295 - Larghetto
Handel: Organ Concerto No.13 In F -"Cuckoo And The Nightingale" HWV 295 - Allegro
Handel: Organ Concerto No.14 In A HWV 296 - 1. Largo e staccato
Handel: Organ Concerto No.14 In A HWV 296 - 2. Organo ad libitum: Fuga. Allegro
Handel: Organ Concerto No.14 In A HWV 296 - 3. Andante
Handel: Organ Concerto No.14 In A HWV 296 - 4. Grave
Handel: Organ Concerto No.14 In A HWV 296 - 5. Allegro
Handel: Organ Concerto No.15 In D Minor HWV 304 - 1. Andante
Handel: Organ Concerto No.15 In D Minor HWV 304 - 2. Organo ad libitum: Adagio - Fuga
Handel: Organ Concerto No.15 In D Minor HWV 304 - 3. Allegro
Toccata
Fugue
J.S. Bach: Toccata And Fugue In D Minor, BWV 565 - Toccata
J.S. Bach: Toccata And Fugue In D Minor, BWV 565 - Toccata
1. (Allegro moderato)
2. Adagio
3. Allegro
1. Vivace
2. Largo
3. Allegro
1. Andante
2. Adagio e dolce
3. Vivace
1. Adagio - Vivace
2. Andante
3. Un poco allegro
1. Allegro
2. Largo
3. Allegro
1. Vivace
2. Lento
3. Allegro
Prelude
Fugue
1. Prelude
2. Fugue
1. Prelude
2. Fugue
Prelude
Fugue
1. Prelude
2. Fugue
1. Fantasy
2. Fugue
1. Prelude (Toccata)
2. Fuga
1. Prelude
2. Fugue
Prelude
Fugue
1. Toccata
2. Fugue
1. Fantasy
2. Fugue
1. Prelude
2. Fugue
Prelude
Fugue
Prelude
Fugue
1. Prelude
2. Fugue
1. Prelude
2. Fugue
1. Prelude
2. Fugue
Prelude
Fugue
Prelude
Fugue
1. Prelude
2. Fugue
1. Toccata
2. Adagio
3. Fugue
Toccata
Fugue
Prelude
Fugue
[1] in F major
[2] in C major
[3] in C minor
[4] in F major
1. Toccata
2. Fugue
Très vitement
Gravement
Lentement
Passacaglia
Fugue
1. (without tempo indication)
2. Grave
3. Fuga
4. Largo e spiccato
5. (Without tempo indication)
1. (Without Tempo Indication)
2. Adagio
3. Allegro
1. -
2. Recitativ adagio
3. Allegro - solo
1. -
2. Grave
3. Presto