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Preston, Simon

Works: 1,320 works in 2,998 publications in 9 languages and 35,427 library holdings
Genres: Musical settings  Symphonies  Anthems  Live sound recordings  Requiems  Masses  Coronation music  Sacred music  Music  Symphonic poems 
Roles: Instrumentalist, Conductor, Performer, Author, Arranger, Originator, Editor, Director, Other, Composer, Musician
Classifications: M2010.B75, 782.3238
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Most widely held works by Simon Preston
War requiem by Benjamin Britten( Recording )

55 editions published between 1963 and 2013 in 6 languages and held by 1,346 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( )

18 editions published between 1956 and 2012 in 3 languages and held by 643 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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

23 editions published between 1984 and 1999 in 3 languages and held by 539 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Organ concertos by George Frideric Handel( )

6 editions published in 1998 in 3 languages and held by 503 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Organ concertos by George Frideric Handel( Recording )

44 editions published between 1968 and 2007 in 5 languages and held by 480 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 ; L'ascension by Olivier Messiaen( )

10 editions published between 1978 and 2005 in 4 languages and held by 459 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Recorded in England
100 great symphonies( )

3 editions published in 2014 in French and German and held by 457 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The complete masses ; Stabat Mater by Joseph Haydn( )

3 editions published in 2015 in Latin and held by 456 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Choral works by Henry Purcell( )

33 editions published between 1981 and 2016 in 6 languages and held by 420 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 408 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Coronation anthems by George Frideric Handel( Recording )

36 editions published between 1982 and 1995 in 5 languages and held by 408 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
Nelson mass by Joseph Haydn( )

22 editions published between 1962 and 2015 in 5 languages and held by 399 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Recorded July 1962 (Haydn), July 1966 (Vivaldi), Chapel of King's College Cambridge
Christmas carols by Westminster Abbey( )

18 editions published between 1984 and 1995 in 5 languages and held by 399 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Coronation music for King James II by Westminster Abbey( )

16 editions published between 1987 and 1995 in 3 languages and held by 380 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Performed on authentic instruments
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 375 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
Trompetenkonzerte = Trumpet concertos = Concertos pour trompette by Maurice André( )

6 editions published between 1991 and 2010 and held by 367 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Sonata prima, . trompette, orgue, . do majeur. Viviani, Giovanni Bonaventura4230
Complete organ concertos by George Frideric Handel( )

11 editions published between 1984 and 2004 in 3 languages and held by 360 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 340 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Organ sonata : "The 94th Psalm" by Julius Reubke( )

11 editions published in 1985 in 3 languages and held by 329 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Glorious pipes : organ music through the ages( )

3 editions published in 2004 and held by 321 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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