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Simon Preston

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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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  • 76.
    Vivaldi: The Four Seasons, Etc / Marriner, Academy Of Smf
    Label: London/Decca Legends   Catalog: 466232 Release Date: 03/14/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
    Performer:  William Bennett,  Martin Gatt,  Celia Nicklin,  Neil Black  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
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  • 77.
    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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  • 78.
    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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  • 79.
    Famous Classical Trumpet Concertos - Albinoni, Haydn, Et Al
    Label: Philips Duo   Catalog: 464028 Release Date: 01/11/2000   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Charles Gounod,  Henry Purcell,  Tomaso Albinoni  ... 
    Performer:  Simon Preston,  Håkan Hardenberger
    Conductor:  Elgar Howarth,  Sir Neville Marriner
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  I Musici,  London Philharmonic Orchestra,  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
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  • 80.
    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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  • 81.
    Forever England - Elgar, Vaughan Williams, Britten, Et Al
    Label: Imp Carlton Classics   Catalog: 6702799 Release Date: 03/23/1999   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Henry Purcell,  William Byrd,  John Rutter,  Cecil Armstrong Gibbs  ... 
    Performer:  Simon Preston,  Ruth Watson Henderson,  Gillian Howard,  Paul Houle  ... 
    Conductor:  Jean Ashworth Bartle,  Willfried Boettcher,  James Judd
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Toronto Children's Chorus,  Scottish Chamber Orchestra,  Hallé Orchestra
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  • 82.
    The Classic Wedding Album /Domingo, Terfel, Te Kanawa, Et Al
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 445478 Release Date: 03/09/1999   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Charles-Marie Widor,  Felix Mendelssohn,  George Frideric Handel,  Leonard Bernstein  ... 
    Performer:  Simon Preston,  Dame Kiri Te Kanawa,  José Carreras,  Bryn Terfel  ... 
    Conductor:  James Levine,  Leonard Bernstein,  Paul Daniel,  Karl-Heinz Loges  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony Orchestra,  Orpheus Chamber Orchestra,  Orchestra  ... 
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  • 83.
    Handel: Organ Concertos Vol 1 / Preston, Menuhin, Et Al
    Label: Emi Classics Special Import   Catalog: 72676 Release Date: 08/11/1998   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  George Frideric Handel
    Performer:  Simon Preston,  Valda Aveling,  Colin Tilney
    Conductor:  Yehudi Menuhin
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Menuhin Festival Orchestra
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  • 84.
    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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  • 85.
    Complete Beethoven Edition Vol 6 - Piano Works
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 453733 Release Date: 11/25/1997   Number of Discs: 8
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Performer:  Gianluca Cascioli,  Mikhail Pletnev,  Wilhelm Kempff,  Simon Preston  ... 
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  • 86.
    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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  • 87.
    Messiaen: Turangalîla Symphony;  Poulenc / Previn, Preston
    Label: Emi Classics Double Fforte   Catalog: 69752 Release Date: 10/14/1997   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Francis Poulenc,  Olivier Messiaen
    Performer:  Simon Preston,  Michel Béroff,  Jeanne Loriod
    Conductor:  André Previn
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
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  • 88.
    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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  • 89.
    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:  Joseph Rouleau,  Alexander Young,  Helen Watts,  Erna Spoorenberg  ... 
    Conductor:  George Guest,  Sir David Willcocks
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields,  Cambridge St. John's College Choir,  Cambridge King's College Choir  ... 
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  • 90.
    Haydn: The Masses / Preston, Guest, Willcocks, Et Al
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 448518 Release Date: 06/24/1997   Number of Discs: 7
    Composer:  Franz Joseph Haydn
    Performer:  Forbes Robinson,  Robert Tear,  Helen Watts,  April Cantelo  ... 
    Conductor:  George Guest,  Sir David Willcocks,  Simon Preston
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cambridge St. John's College Choir,  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields,  Cambridge King's College Choir  ... 
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  • 91.
    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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  • 92.
    Baroque For Brides To Be
    Label: Philips   Catalog: 456355 Release Date: 04/15/1997   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gottfried H. Stölzel,  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Felix Mendelssohn,  Richard Wagner  ... 
    Performer:  Dame Kiri Te Kanawa,  C. Bowers-Broadbent,  Emma Kirkby,  Norbert Schmitt  ... 
    Conductor:  John Eliot Gardiner,  Sir Neville Marriner,  Silvio Varviso,  Helmut Winschermann  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Baroque Soloists,  Philharmonia Orchestra,  Dresden Staatskapelle  ... 
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  • 93.
    Britten: War Requiem / Britten, Vishnevskaya, Pears
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 414383 Release Date: 10/25/1990   Number of Discs: 2
    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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  • 94.
    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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  • 95.
    Organ Favorites / Simon Preston
    Label: London/Decca Weekend Classics   Catalog: 430145 Release Date: 10/12/1990   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Sir William Walton,  Sigfrid Karg-Elert,  Robert Schumann,  Felix Alexandre Guilmant  ... 
    Performer:  Simon Preston
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  • 96.
    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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  • 97.
    Bach: Toccata & Fugue Bwv 565, Etc / Simon Preston
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 4276682 Release Date: 11/06/1989   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  Simon Preston
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  • 98.
    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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