Simon Preston

Composers

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.
    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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  • 52.
    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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  • 53.
    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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  • 54.
    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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  • 55.
    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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  • 56.
    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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  • 57.
    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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  • 58.
    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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  • 59.
    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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  • 60.
    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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  • 61.
    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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  • 62.
    The Ultimate Bride Guide
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 000672102 Release Date: 05/09/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  John Stanley,  Felix Mendelssohn,  Jean Joseph Mouret,  Johann Sebastian Bach  ... 
    Performer:  Peter Hurford,  Simon Preston,  Bernhard Läubin,  Wolfgang Läubin  ... 
    Conductor:  Rafael Kubelik,  Arthur Fiedler,  Leonard Bernstein,  Ian Dean  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Michael Laird Brass Ensemble,  Bavarian Radio Chorus,  Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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  • 63.
    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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  • 64.
    Essential Carols / King's College Choir, Cambridge
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 000530202 Release Date: 10/11/2005   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Felix Mendelssohn,  Traditional,  Robert Lucas Pearsall,  John Francis Wade  ... 
    Performer:  Sir Andrew Davis,  Simon Preston,  Harvey Alan
    Conductor:  Sir David Willcocks
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cambridge King's College Choir,  London Symphony Orchestra
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  • 65.
    Everybody's Bach
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 000414802 Release Date: 03/08/2005   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  Raymond Leppard,  Simon Preston,  Trevor Pinnock,  Pierre Fournier  ... 
    Conductor:  Raymond Leppard,  Reinhard Goebel,  Trevor Pinnock,  Arthur Fiedler  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Chamber Orchestra,  Musica Antiqua Cologne,  English Concert  ... 
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  • 66.
    For The Wine Connoisseur
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 000387802 Release Date: 01/11/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Johann Pachelbel,  George Frideric Handel,  Jean Joseph Mouret  ... 
    Performer:  Maurice André,  Heinz Holliger,  Maria Teresa Garatti,  Severino Gazzelloni  ... 
    Conductor:  Karl Münchinger,  Sir Neville Marriner,  Benjamin Britten,  Richard Bonynge  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  I Musici,  Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra,  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields  ... 
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  • 67.
    Glorious Pipes - Organ Music / Dupré, Cochereau, Et Al
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 000310102 Release Date: 08/10/2004   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Charles-Marie Widor,  Olivier Messiaen,  Johannes Brahms  ... 
    Performer:  Ton Koopman,  Simon Preston,  Pierre Cochereau,  Thomas Trotter  ... 
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  • 68.
    The Ultimate Baroque Album
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 000248002 Release Date: 05/11/2004   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Antonio Vivaldi,  George Frideric Handel,  Tomaso Albinoni  ... 
    Performer:  Simon Preston,  Siegfried Behrend,  Maria Teresa Garatti,  Peter Hurford  ... 
    Conductor:  Trevor Pinnock,  Sir Neville Marriner,  Karl Münchinger,  Reinhard Goebel  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  I Musici,  English Concert,  Michael Laird Brass Ensemble  ... 
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  • 69.
    Vivaldi: The Four Seasons, L'estro Armonico, Et Al/Marriner
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 000321202 Release Date: 11/17/2003   Number of Discs: 7
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
    Performer:  Simon Preston,  Alan Loveday,  Robin Davis,  Iona Brown  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner,  Iona Brown
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
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  • 70.
    Simply Christmas
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 000123002 Release Date: 10/14/2003   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Andrew Lloyd Webber,  Traditional,  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:  English Chamber Orchestra,  Winchester Cathedral Choir,  London Voices  ... 
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  • 71.
    The #1 Wedding Album
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 000027402 Release Date: 05/13/2003   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  John Stanley,  Helen Guy,  George Frideric Handel  ... 
    Performer:  Michael Laird,  Peter Hurford,  Placido Domingo,  Wolfgang Marschner  ... 
    Conductor:  Karl-Heinz Loges,  Sir Neville Marriner,  Heinrich Steiner,  Roberto Benzi  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Michael Laird Brass Ensemble,  London Symphony Orchestra,  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields  ... 
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  • 72.
    For Your Life - For Your Wedding
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 000003312 Release Date: 04/08/2003   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  John Stanley,  Edvard Grieg,  George Frideric Handel  ... 
    Performer:  Dame Kiri Te Kanawa,  Thelma Owen,  Kirsten Flagstad,  Leontyne Price  ... 
    Conductor:  Raymond Agoult,  Heinrich Steiner,  Rafael Kubelik,  Trevor Pinnock  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Symphony Orchestra,  Michael Laird Brass Ensemble,  Nordmark Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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  • 73.
    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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  • 74.
    Bach: Chorale Partitas Bwv 766, 767, 768, 770 / Preston
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 429775 Release Date: 11/29/2002   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  Simon Preston
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  • 75.
    Essential Christmas - 30 Seasonal Favourites
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 473345 Release Date: 10/15/2002   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Gloria Shayne Baker,  Irving Berlin,  Felix Mendelssohn,  Traditional  ... 
    Performer:  Anthony Way,  Dame Kiri Te Kanawa,  Simon Preston,  Renata Tebaldi  ... 
    Conductor:  John Scott,  Carl Davis,  Sir David Willcocks,  Richard Bonynge  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  St. Paul's Cathedral Choir,  English Chamber Orchestra,  London Voices  ... 
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