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Preston, Simon

Works: 1,258 works in 2,863 publications in 8 languages and 29,537 library holdings
Genres: Music  Musical settings  Requiems  Live sound recordings  Concertos  Symphonies  Symphonic poems  Sacred music  Masses  Anthems 
Roles: Instrumentalist, Performer, Conductor, Author, Arranger, Originator, Editor, Director, Other, Composer, Musician, per
Classifications: M1112, 784.272
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Most widely held works by Simon Preston
War requiem : op. 66 by Benjamin Britten( Recording )

42 editions published between 1963 and 2013 in 5 languages and held by 574 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Text in Latin and English
War requiem by Benjamin Britten( Recording )

14 editions published between 1963 and 2013 in 5 languages and held by 547 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Just because the definitive recording of Britten's War Requiem has already been made by Britten himself is no reason not to keep recording it. For one thing, the work is simply too affecting and too important to ignore. And for another, the work is too deep and too varied to be encompassed by only one recording, even one so superlative and so sympathetic as the composer's own. Thus, one can have in principle no objections to this live 2007 recording led by Helmuth Rilling. After all, the stalwart German conductor is a highly skilled and deeply experienced choral director who clearly knows his way around monumental scores: his recordings of Bach's Passions are proof of that. But though this is a fine performance with many points to recommend it, it is not a great performance. Rilling does an outstanding job of guiding his forces through the work and a more than adequate job of aiming them toward the work's meaning. But one wants more than "more than adequate" in the War Requiem, and in Rilling's hands, the big moments and its intimate moments fail to strike as profoundly as they ought. The soloists are a mixed lot. Tenor James Taylor and baritone Christian Gerhaher have strong and steady voices, but though soprano Annette Dasch has a lovely voice, she tends to get a bit wobbly above the staff. The chorus of the Festivalensemble Stuttgart and the Aurelius S?ngerknaben are both excellent and they do wonders with the work's huge choruses. But the orchestra of the Festivalensemble, while colorful, does not have quite enough size and weight to bring off the big climaxes. H?nssler's super audio sound is definitely a plus -- the sheer size of the sound is amazing -- but not all that much of an improvement over Decca's fabulous stereo sound for Britten. In sum, then, those who don't know the War Requiem are directed toward Britten's recording, while those who do might consider Rilling's as a third or fourth choice after Hickox's or Shaw's. James Leonard, All Music Guide
Organ concertos by George Frideric Handel( )

6 editions published in 1998 in 3 languages and held by 479 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Turangalîla symphony by Olivier Messiaen( )

8 editions published between 1978 and 2005 in 4 languages and held by 434 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Recorded in England
Missa Papae Marcelli ; Tu es Petrus by Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina( Recording )

38 editions published between 1986 and 2013 in 3 languages and held by 406 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Coronation anthems by George Frideric Handel( Recording )

35 editions published between 1982 and 1995 in 5 languages and held by 402 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Coronation Anthems Zadok the Priest HWV 258 Let thy hand be strengthened HWV 259 The king shall rejoice HWV 260 My heart is inditing HWV 261 Esther Choruses from the 1732 version
Tudor church music by Orlando Gibbons( )

18 editions published between 1956 and 2015 in English and Undetermined and held by 400 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In the 1970's the ensemble The Clerkes of Oxenford was awarded with a Diapason d'or for its recording of works by Orlando Gibbons. Their interpretation of other works which were created during the Tudor's regency have never lost timeless validity
Gloria by Antonio Vivaldi( )

14 editions published between 1978 and 2012 in 3 languages and held by 399 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Telarc: Cd-80105
Nelson mass by Joseph Haydn( )

22 editions published between 1962 and 2015 in 5 languages and held by 383 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Recorded July 1962 (Haydn), July 1966 (Vivaldi), Chapel of King's College Cambridge
Symphonie no. 3, op. 78 : Orgel-Symphonie = Organ symphony = Symphonie avec orgue by Camille Saint-Saëns( Recording )

13 editions published in 1987 in 5 languages and held by 348 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Christmas carols by Westminster Abbey( Recording )

17 editions published between 1984 and 1995 in 5 languages and held by 340 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Recorded at Worcester Cathedral, England on 22nd and 23rd September, 1992
The four seasons : concertos for violin, strings, and basso continuo, op. 8, nos. 1-4 by Antonio Vivaldi( Recording )

10 editions published between 1970 and 2000 in 4 languages and held by 325 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

DVD: Le Quattro stagioni = The four seasons ; played by I Musici in a film by Anton Van Munster exploring Venice--past, present and future. In addition to elegant vistas of Vivaldi's native city, the film features numerous paintings by such masters as Canaletto, Guardi and Tintoretto, as well as the fabulous costumes sported by Venice's citizens during its unique Winter Carnival
Glorious pipes : organ music through the ages( )

3 editions published in 2004 and held by 304 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Early English organ music by Simon Preston( )

13 editions published in 1986 in 3 languages and held by 304 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Dettingen Te Deum ; The Dettingen anthem by George Frideric Handel( Recording )

15 editions published between 1984 and 1999 in English and No Linguistic content and held by 289 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Messiah : a sacred oratorio by George Frideric Handel( Visual )

11 editions published between 1982 and 2006 in English and held by 284 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Handel's most beloved of all oratorios was performed by fewer than forty instrumentalist and a chorus, less than thirty strong, of boy trebles and men. This is the tradition to which this performance has returned to. Members of the Academy all play instruments of the period or accurate modern copies. The soloists improvised embellishments in the arias and, in certain cases, join in the singing of the choruses, just as they would have done 240 years ago
Symphony by César Franck( )

3 editions published in 1993 in No Linguistic content and German and held by 281 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Masses : Missa Sanctae Caeciliae, Nikolaimesse, Missa brevis, Grosse Orgelmesse by Joseph Haydn( )

4 editions published in 1997 in Latin and held by 280 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Robert Tear sings Handel, Arne, Boyce, Hook by Robert Tear( )

2 editions published in 1970 in English and held by 269 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Trompetenkonzerte = Trumpet concertos = Concertos pour trompette by Maurice André( )

9 editions published between 1991 and 2010 in No Linguistic content and Undetermined and held by 221 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Sonata prima, . trompette, orgue, . do majeur. Viviani, Giovanni Bonaventura4230
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Preston, Simon John.

Preston, Simon John 1938-

Simon Preston Brits dirigent

Simon Preston englischer Organist, Dirigent und Komponist

Simon Preston músic britànic

Simon Preston musicien britannique

Simon Preston músico británico

Simon Preston organista britannico

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