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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  • 51.
    The #1 Bach Album
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 472758 Release Date: 01/14/2003   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Gottfried H. Stölzel
    Performer:  Trevor Pinnock,  Wolfgang Rübsam,  Dame Kiri Te Kanawa,  János Starker  ... 
    Conductor:  Trevor Pinnock,  Karl Richter,  Barry Rose,  John Eliot Gardiner  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Concert,  Munich Bach Orchestra,  Munich Bach Choir  ... 
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  • 52.
    Trio - Handel: Complete Organ Concertos / Preston, Et Al
    Label: Archiv Produktion (Dg)   Catalog: 469358 Release Date: 06/11/2002   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  George Frideric Handel
    Performer:  Simon Preston,  Ursula Holliger
    Conductor:  Trevor Pinnock
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Concert
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  • 53.
    Christmas Adagios / Karajan, Pavarotti, Gheorghiu, Et Al
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 468503 Release Date: 10/09/2001   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Franz Schubert,  Harold Edwin Darke,  Traditional,  William James Kirkpatrick  ... 
    Performer:  Luciano Pavarotti,  Ian Bostridge,  Rosemary Joshua,  Mark Tinkler  ... 
    Conductor:  Kurt Herbert Adler,  Sir Neville Marriner,  Sir David Willcocks,  George Guest  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  National Philharmonic Orchestra,  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields,  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields Chorus  ... 
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  • 54.
    The #1 Christmas Album / Domingo, Pavarotti, Price, Et Al
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 470022 Release Date: 10/09/2001   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Andrew Lloyd Webber,  Jester Hairston,  Emil Waldteufel,  Irving Berlin  ... 
    Performer:  James Lancelot,  Placido Domingo,  Dame Kiri Te Kanawa,  Dame Joan Sutherland  ... 
    Conductor:  Lorin Maazel,  Carl Davis,  Douglas Gamley,  Richard Bonynge  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Winchester Cathedral Choir,  English Chamber Orchestra,  London Voices  ... 
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  • 55.
    Pričres Sans Paroles / Hĺkan Hardenberger, Simon Preston
    Label: Bis   Catalog: 1109 Release Date: 07/24/2001   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Naji Hakim,  Jean-Michel Damase,  Erik Satie,  Peter Jansen  ... 
    Performer:  Hĺkan Hardenberger,  Simon Preston
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  • 56.
    Pričres Sans Paroles / Hĺkan Hardenberger, Simon Preston
    Label: Bis   Catalog: 1109 Release Date: 07/24/2001   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Marius Constant,  Henri Tomasi,  André Jolivet,  Henri Sauguet  ... 
    Performer:  Simon Preston,  Hĺkan Hardenberger
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  • 57.
    Festive Baroque - Albinoni, Corelli, Et Al / Terfel, Et Al
    Label: Dg Panorama   Catalog: 469247 Release Date: 02/27/2001   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Georg Philipp Telemann,  Antonio Vivaldi,  Jeremiah Clarke  ... 
    Performer:  Simon Preston,  Hans-Peter Westermann,  Piet Dhont,  Michael Niesemann  ... 
    Conductor:  Trevor Pinnock,  Reinhard Goebel,  John Eliot Gardiner,  Nikolaus Harnoncourt  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Concert,  Musica Antiqua Cologne,  English Baroque Soloists  ... 
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  • 58.
    Haydn: Lord Nelson Mass / Willcocks, King's College Choir
    Label: London/Decca Legends   Catalog: 458623 Release Date: 03/14/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Joseph Haydn,  Antonio Vivaldi,  George Frideric Handel
    Performer:  Sylvia Stahlman,  Simon Preston,  Tom Krause,  Helen Watts  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir David Willcocks
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cambridge King's College Choir,  London Symphony Orchestra,  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields  ... 
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  • 59.
    40 Famous Marches
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 466241 Release Date: 02/08/2000   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  George Frideric Handel,  Sir Arthur Bliss,  Sir William Walton,  Carl Nielsen  ... 
    Performer:  Peter Hurford,  Simon Preston,  Carlo Curley
    Conductor:  Richard Bonynge,  Bernard Herrmann,  Roger Norrington,  Herbert Blomstedt  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Chamber Orchestra,  National Philharmonic Orchestra,  London Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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  • 60.
    Best Of The Millennium - Top 40 Classical Hits
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 463240 Release Date: 02/08/2000   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Johann Strauss Jr.,  Sir Edward Elgar,  Richard Wagner,  Antonio Vivaldi  ... 
    Performer:  Michel Schwalbé,  Cheryl Studer,  Mischa Maisky,  Yuli Reyentovich  ... 
    Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan,  Norman Del Mar,  Daniel Barenboim,  Carlo Maria Giulini  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra,  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra,  Orchestre de Paris  ... 
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  • 61.
    Famous Classical Trumpet Concertos - Albinoni, Haydn, Et Al
    Label: Philips Duo   Catalog: 464028 Release Date: 01/11/2000   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Johann Nepomuk Hummel,  Johann Wilhelm Hertel,  Johann Wenzel Stamitz,  Franz Joseph Haydn  ... 
    Performer:  Hĺkan Hardenberger,  Simon Preston
    Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner,  Elgar Howarth
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields,  London Philharmonic Orchestra,  I Musici
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  • 62.
    Silent Night - 25 Carols Of Peace And Tranquility
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 458792 Release Date: 10/12/1999   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Henry Walford Davies,  Thomas Ravenscroft,  Patrick Hadley,  John Rutter  ... 
    Performer:  Simon Preston,  Jonathan Lamb,  Simon Haynes,  Christopher Hughes  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir David Willcocks,  John Rutter,  Stephen Cleobury,  David Hill  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cambridge King's College Choir,  Clare College Orchestra,  Clare College Choir  ... 
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  • 63.
    Great Choral Classics From King's - Allegri, Tallis, Et Al
    Label: London/Decca Double Decker   Catalog: 452949 Release Date: 06/09/1998   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  William Byrd,  Thomas Tallis,  Orlando Gibbons,  Johann Sebastian Bach  ... 
    Performer:  Simon Preston,  Francis Baines,  Bernard Richards,  John Langdon  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir David Willcocks
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cambridge King's College Choir,  Jacobean Viol Consort,  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields  ... 
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  • 64.
    Bach: Organ Works / Simon Preston
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 453541 Release Date: 11/17/1997   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  Simon Preston
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  • 65.
    The Classic Christmas Album / Carreras, Norman, Domingo, Etc
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 449965 Release Date: 10/14/1997   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Peter Cornelius,  Arcangelo Corelli,  George Frideric Handel,  Johannes Brahms  ... 
    Performer:  Malcolm Martineau,  Bryn Terfel,  Daniel Barenboim,  Jessye Norman  ... 
    Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan,  Trevor Pinnock,  Karl-Heinz Loges,  Barry Rose  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra,  English Concert Choir,  English Concert  ... 
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  • 66.
    Musica Sacra - Haydn: Masses / King's College Choir, Et Al
    Label: London/Decca Double Decker   Catalog: 455020 Release Date: 08/12/1997   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Franz Joseph Haydn
    Performer:  Wilfred Brown,  Helen Watts,  Sylvia Stahlman,  Simon Preston  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir David Willcocks,  George Guest
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra,  Cambridge King's College Choir,  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields  ... 
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  • 67.
    Sound The Trumpet! / Andre, Smithers, Hardenberger, Laird
    Label: Philips   Catalog: 454421 Release Date: 04/22/1997   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Andrea Grossi,  Domenico Gabrielli,  Giovanni Bononcini,  Johann Melchior Molter  ... 
    Performer:  Don Smithers,  Desmond Dupré,  Simon Preston,  Maria Teresa Garatti  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner,  Elgar Howarth,  Iona Brown
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields,  I Musici,  London Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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  • 68.
    Saint-Saëns: Symphony No 3; Dukas / Levine, Berlin PO
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 419617 Release Date: 10/25/1990   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Camille Saint-Saëns,  Paul Dukas
    Performer:  Simon Preston
    Conductor:  James Levine
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 69.
    Haydn: Mariazellermesse, Organ Concerto, Kleine Orgelmesse
    Label: London/Decca Jubilee   Catalog: 430160 Release Date: 10/04/1990   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Joseph Haydn
    Performer:  Robert Tear,  Norman Scott,  Heather Watts,  Jennifer Smith  ... 
    Conductor:  George Guest,  Sir Neville Marriner
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cambridge St. John's College Choir,  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
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  • 70.
    Widor: Symphony No 5;  Vierne: Carillon De Westminster
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 4134382 Release Date: 08/14/1984   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Charles-Marie Widor,  Louis Vierne
    Performer:  Simon Preston
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