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Preston, Simon

Overview
Works: 1,150 works in 2,493 publications in 8 languages and 18,858 library holdings
Genres: Music  Musical settings  Live sound recordings  Sacred music  Requiems  Poetry  Concertos  Concert television programs  Concert films  Nonfiction films 
Roles: Performer, Conductor, Instrumentalist, Author, Originator, Arranger, Editor, Director, Composer, Other, per
Classifications: M1112, 785.6
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Most widely held works by Simon Preston
War requiem by Benjamin Britten( Recording )

49 editions published between 1963 and 2013 in 6 languages and held by 1,171 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
Missa Papae Marcelli Tu es Petrus by Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina( Recording )

36 editions published between 1986 and 2013 in 4 languages and held by 407 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Coronation anthems by George Frideric Handel( Recording )

31 editions published between 1982 and 1995 in 4 languages and held by 398 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Organ concertos by George Frideric Handel( )

5 editions published in 1998 in 3 languages and held by 395 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Symphonie no. 3, op. 78 Orgel-Symphonie = Organ symphony = Symphonie avec orgue by Camille Saint-Sans( Recording )

13 editions published in 1987 in 4 languages and held by 354 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Messiah a sacred oratorio by George Frideric Handel( Visual )

8 editions published between 1982 and 2006 in English and held by 298 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
Organ concertos by George Frideric Handel( Recording )

35 editions published between 1968 and 2007 in 5 languages and held by 292 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
The Dettingen Te Deum The Dettingen anthem by George Frideric Handel( Recording )

18 editions published between 1982 and 1999 in 3 languages and held by 292 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A song of welcome, etc by Arthur Bliss( )

3 editions published between 2006 and 2011 in No Linguistic content and English and held by 251 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

French organ concertos by Simon Preston( )

5 editions published between 1990 and 2007 in No Linguistic content and English and held by 250 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Le quattro stagioni The four seasons by Antonio Vivaldi( Recording )

7 editions published between 1970 and 1998 in 3 languages and held by 222 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
Prières sans paroles Frenchmusic for trumpet and organ by Hkan Hardenberger( )

5 editions published between 2001 and 2006 in Undetermined and No Linguistic content and held by 210 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Organ concertos. Music for the royal fireworks by George Frideric Handel( )

4 editions published in 1998 in No Linguistic content and English and held by 205 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

La nativité du Seigneur by Olivier Messiaen( Recording )

20 editions published between 1965 and 1990 in 4 languages and held by 202 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

(1) TITTERINGTON, David (organ)
Turangalîla symphony by Olivier Messiaen( )

6 editions published between 1997 and 2005 in 3 languages and held by 194 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Recorded in England
Music of the high Renaissance in England( Recording )

8 editions published between 1965 and 1966 in English and Undetermined and held by 193 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

On Christmas night. [Christmas carols] by King's College (University of Cambridge)( Recording )

17 editions published between 1953 and 1989 in 3 languages and held by 191 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Royal Albert Hall organ restored by Simon Preston( )

4 editions published between 2006 and 2009 in No Linguistic content and Undetermined and held by 188 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Gloria by Antonio Vivaldi( Recording )

10 editions published between 1978 and 2012 in 3 languages and held by 185 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Magnificat in sol minore per soprano, contralto, coro, orchestra e continuo, R 611 / Gloria in re maggiore per soprano, contralto, coro, orchestra e continuo, R 589
Arie amorose by Janet Baker( Recording )

7 editions published between 1978 and 1992 in Italian and Undetermined and held by 182 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

 
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Preston, Simon John.

Preston, Simon John 1938-

Simon Preston englischer Organist, Dirigent und Komponist

Simon Preston organista britannico

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