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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  • 76.
    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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  • 77.
    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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  • 78.
    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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  • 79.
    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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  • 80.
    Handel: Organ Concertos Op.4 & 7
    Label: Archiv Produktion (Dg)   Catalog: 447300 Release Date: 02/01/1996   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Frideric Handel
    Performer:  Simon Preston
    Conductor:  Trevor Pinnock
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Concert
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  • 81.
    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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  • 82.
    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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  • 83.
    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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  • 84.
    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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  • 85.
    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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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
J.S. Bach: Toccata And Fugue In D Minor, BWV 565 - Toccata
J.S. Bach: Toccata And Fugue In D Minor, BWV 565 - Fugue
Saint-Saëns: Symphony No.3 In C Minor, Op.78 "Organ Symphony" - 1. Adagio - Allegro moderato - Poco adagio
Saint-Saëns: Symphony No.3 In C Minor, Op.78 "Organ Symphony" - 1b. Poco adagio
Saint-Saëns: Symphony No.3 In C Minor, Op.78 "Organ Symphony" - 2. Allegro moderato - Presto - Allegro moderato - Maestoso - Più allegro - Molto allegro
Saint-Saëns: Symphony No.3 In C Minor, Op.78 "Organ Symphony" - 2b. Maestoso - Più allegro - Molto allegro
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