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Preston, Simon

Works: 1,295 works in 2,951 publications in 9 languages and 33,896 library holdings
Genres: Music  Musical settings  Live sound recordings  Masses  Concertos  Sacred music  Requiems  Anthems  Symphonies  Psalms (Music) 
Roles: Instrumentalist, Conductor, Performer, 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 by Benjamin Britten( Recording )

50 editions published between 1963 and 2013 in 6 languages and held by 1,326 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Public awareness of Benjamin Britten's person and works advanced dramatically -- even explosively -- twice during his lifetime. The first time was in 1945, when his opera Peter Grimes was produced for the postwar reopening of Sadler's Wells Theatre in London. The second time followed the premier at Coventry and the subsequent series of performances all across Europe and North America of the War Requiem. Except to those provincials who thought that milky pastoral was the only idiom appropriate for an Englishman and who also found the young Britten too clever by half, the triumph of Peter Grimes marked not just the confirmation of a prodigious talent; it represented a moment of hope that, for the first time since the death of Henry Purcell in 1695, England had produced a composer of international stature. The impact the War Requiem made 17 years later was wider and deeper by far. Britten, approaching 50, had become an artist whose every new utterance was awaited with the most lively interest and the highest expectations. The War Requiem, moreover, was tied to a pair of events that were heavily freighted with history and emotion: the destruction of Coventry Cathedral in an air raid during the night of November 14-15, 1940, and its reconsecration more than 21 years later. Its first performance was planned as an international event with respect both to participants and audience. Most importantly, the War Requiem was a weighty and poignant statement on the subject of piercingly urgent concern to much of humankind. In the War Requiem, Britten drew on forces larger and more complex than in any previous work of his. The basic division of the performers is into two groups, reflecting the dual source of the words; the libretto stands in a relation of text (the Latin Missa pro defunctis) and commentary (the nine Owen poems). The Latin text is essentially the province of the large mixed chorus, but from this there is spillover in two opposite directions: the solo soprano represents a heightening of the choral singing at its most emotional, while the boys' choir represents liturgy at its most distanced. The mixed chorus and solo soprano are accompanied by the full orchestra; the boys' choir, whose sound should be distant, is supported by an organ. All this constitutes one group. The other group consists of the tenor and baritone soloists, whose province is the series of Owen songs; they are accompanied by the chamber orchestra. - Program notes / Michael Steinberg
Tudor church music by Orlando Gibbons( )

19 editions published between 1956 and 2015 in 3 languages and held by 628 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
Organ concertos by George Frideric Handel( )

6 editions published in 1998 in 3 languages and held by 491 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Organ concertos by George Frideric Handel( Recording )

43 editions published between 1968 and 2007 in 5 languages and held by 472 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Contents: Organ concertos nos. 11-15, Concerto in B-flat for double woodwind orchestra and organ, Violin concerto in B-flat, Music for the royal fireworks, Marches
Turangalîla symphony by Olivier Messiaen( )

9 editions published between 1978 and 2005 in 4 languages and held by 448 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Recorded in England
The complete masses ; Stabat Mater by Joseph Haydn( )

3 editions published in 2015 in Latin and held by 439 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Choral works by Johannes Brahms( )

40 editions published between 1981 and 2016 in 6 languages and held by 433 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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

39 editions published between 1986 and 2013 in 3 languages and held by 409 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Coronation anthems by George Frideric Handel( Recording )

36 editions published between 1982 and 1995 in 5 languages and held by 407 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
Gloria by Antonio Vivaldi( )

15 editions published between 1978 and 2012 in 3 languages and held by 406 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Telarc: Cd-80105
Christmas carols by Westminster Abbey( )

18 editions published between 1984 and 1995 in 5 languages and held by 391 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Recorded at Worcester Cathedral, England on 22nd and 23rd September, 1992
Nelson mass by Joseph Haydn( )

22 editions published between 1962 and 2015 in 5 languages and held by 390 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Recorded July 1962 (Haydn), July 1966 (Vivaldi), Chapel of King's College Cambridge
100 great symphonies( )

2 editions published in 2014 in German and French and held by 387 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Dixit dominus : classical music for reflection and meditation by George Frideric Handel( )

10 editions published between 1988 and 2007 in 4 languages and held by 367 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

After several recordings on Ricercar and a first disc on Alpha, Actus Tragicus, containing early Bach cantatas, 'of staggering profundity, purity and beauty' (ffff Telerama), Lionel Meunier and his ensemble Vox Luminis devote this new project to two showpieces by Handel and Bach. Of these two composers born in 1685, the first travelled to Italy in 1707 and made a powerful impression in Rome with the creation of his Dixit Dominus, while the second produced one of his finest compositional tours de force in the Magnificat of 1723/32-35. Two works from the core repertoire of the Belgian ensemble, here fielding combined vocal and instrumental forces, which is perfectly versed in the style and expression of Baroque rhetoric. Vox Luminis is a Belgian early music ensemble created in 2004 by its artistic director Lionel Meunier. Today, the ensemble performs over 60 concerts a year, appearing on stages in Belgium, across Europe and around the world. The size and composition of the group depends on the repertoire being performed but the core of soloists, mostly from the Royal Conservatory of the Hague, is joined by a continuo and additional (orchestral) instrument performers. Its repertoire is essentially Italian, English and German and spans from the 16th to the 18th century. Since its inception, the ensemble is defined by its unity and seduces as much through the personality of each timbre as it does through the colour and the uniformity of the voices. It is more than a fixed repertoire, the ensemble members wholeheartedly communicate their passion for early music and love for the audience
Complete organ concertos by George Frideric Handel( )

11 editions published between 1984 and 2004 in 3 languages and held by 352 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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 345 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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 323 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 312 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Early English organ music by Simon Preston( )

13 editions published in 1986 in 3 languages and held by 311 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

French organ concertos by Simon Preston( )

7 editions published between 1990 and 2007 in No Linguistic content and English and held by 307 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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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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