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Preston, Simon

Works: 1,441 works in 3,205 publications in 6 languages and 40,527 library holdings
Genres: Musical settings  Live sound recordings  Masses  Requiems  Symphonies  Anthems  Sacred music  Music  Coronation music  Motets 
Roles: Instrumentalist, Conductor, Performer, Author, Arranger, Originator, Editor, Other, Director, Composer, Musician
Classifications: M2010.B75, 782.3238
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Most widely held works by Simon Preston
War requiem by Benjamin Britten( Recording )

35 editions published between 1963 and 2013 in 5 languages and held by 1,260 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
Organ concertos by George Frideric Handel( )

46 editions published between 1968 and 2007 in 5 languages and held by 724 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
Tudor church music by Orlando Gibbons( )

12 editions published between 1956 and 2012 in 3 languages and held by 722 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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

56 editions published between 1986 and 2016 in 3 languages and held by 660 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Palestrina: Stabat Mater octo vocibus / Missa Papae Marcelli sex vocibus / Allegri: Miserere mei duobus choris / Lotti: Crucifixus: Motetus octo vocibus
Great opera choruses = Berühmte Opernchöre by Georg Friedrich Händel( )

29 editions published between 1980 and 2017 in 6 languages and held by 618 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Dettingen Te Deum ; Dettingen anthem by Georg Friedrich Händel( Recording )

24 editions published between 1984 and 1999 in 3 languages and held by 545 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Turangalîla symphony ; L'ascension by Olivier Messiaen( )

9 editions published between 1978 and 2005 in 4 languages and held by 465 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 465 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

100 great symphonies( )

3 editions published in 2014 in French and German and held by 463 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Choral works by Henry Purcell( )

35 editions published between 1981 and 2016 in 7 languages and held by 423 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Ode for the birthday of Queen Anne ; Anthem for the Foundling Hospital by George Frideric Handel( )

17 editions published between 1978 and 2017 in 3 languages and held by 395 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Coronation music for King James II by Westminster Abbey( )

18 editions published between 1987 and 1995 in 3 languages and held by 387 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Performed on authentic instruments
Christmas carols by Westminster Abbey( )

15 editions published between 1984 and 1996 in 5 languages and held by 387 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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

8 editions published between 1991 and 2010 in No Linguistic content and Undetermined and held by 372 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Sonata prima, . trompette, orgue, . do majeur. Viviani, Giovanni Bonaventura4230
Complete organ concertos by Georg Friedrich Händel( )

12 editions published between 1984 and 2004 in 3 languages and held by 364 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Missa Sanctae Caeciliae : Missa Cellensis in honorem beatissimae Virginis Mariae : 1766 by Joseph Haydn( )

13 editions published between 1971 and 1986 in Latin and German and held by 340 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Dixit dominus : classical music for reflection and meditation by Georg Friedrich Händel( )

8 editions published between 1988 and 2007 in 4 languages and held by 332 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
Early English organ music by Simon Preston( )

16 editions published in 1986 in 3 languages and held by 327 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

French organ concertos by Simon Preston( )

8 editions published between 1990 and 2007 in No Linguistic content and English and held by 322 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Glorious pipes : organ music through the ages( )

3 editions published in 2004 and held by 322 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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Preston Simon John

Preston, Simon John 1938-

Simon Preston Brits dirigent

Simon Preston britský varhaník, dirigent a cembalista

Simon Preston englischer Organist, Dirigent und Komponist

Simon Preston músic britànic

Simon Preston musicien britannique

Simon Preston músico británico

Simon Preston organista britannico

Саймън Престън

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