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Preston, Simon

Works: 1,219 works in 2,712 publications in 7 languages and 23,366 library holdings
Genres: Music  Musical settings  Live sound recordings  Symphonies  Concertos  Requiems  Symphonic poems  Program music  Chorale preludes  Fugues 
Roles: Performer, Instrumentalist, Conductor, Author, Arranger, Originator, Editor, Director, Other, Composer, per, Musician
Classifications: M1112, 786.5
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Publications by Simon Preston
Most widely held works by Simon Preston
War requiem by Benjamin Britten( Sound Recording )
30 editions published between 1963 and 2013 in 5 languages and held by 1,055 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( file )
6 editions published in 1998 in 3 languages and held by 471 libraries worldwide
Turangalîla symphony by Olivier Messiaen( file )
7 editions published between 1997 and 2005 in 3 languages and held by 427 libraries worldwide
Recorded in England
Missa Papae Marcelli ; Tu es Petrus by Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina( Sound Recording )
35 editions published between 1986 and 2013 in 3 languages and held by 406 libraries worldwide
Coronation anthems by George Frideric Handel( Sound Recording )
32 editions published between 1982 and 1995 in 4 languages and held by 400 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( file )
18 editions published between 1956 and 2015 in English and Undetermined and held by 393 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
The Nelson Mass by Joseph Haydn( file )
21 editions published between 1962 and 2015 in 5 languages and held by 379 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( Sound Recording )
13 editions published in 1987 in 5 languages and held by 354 libraries worldwide
The four seasons : concertos for violin, strings, and basso continuo, op. 8, nos. 1-4 by Antonio Vivaldi( Sound Recording )
10 editions published between 1970 and 2000 in 4 languages and held by 331 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
The Dettingen Te Deum ; The Dettingen anthem by George Frideric Handel( Sound Recording )
15 editions published between 1984 and 1999 in English and No Linguistic Content and held by 290 libraries worldwide
Symphony by César Franck( file )
3 editions published in 1993 in No Linguistic Content and German and held by 276 libraries worldwide
Organ works by Johann Sebastian Bach( file )
22 editions published between 1988 and 2010 in 4 languages and held by 258 libraries worldwide
Contains all the works for solo organ, including Preludes, Fugues, Chorales, Orgel-Büchlein, Fantasias, Toccatas, and Clavier-Übung III
Organ concertos by George Frideric Handel( Sound Recording )
40 editions published between 1968 and 2007 in 5 languages and held by 257 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
Prières sans paroles : Frenchmusic for trumpet and organ by Håkan Hardenberger( file )
6 editions published between 2001 and 2006 in No Linguistic Content and Undetermined and held by 252 libraries worldwide
French organ concertos by Simon Preston( file )
6 editions published between 1990 and 2007 in No Linguistic Content and English and held by 245 libraries worldwide
A song of welcome, etc by Arthur Bliss( file )
3 editions published between 2006 and 2011 in No Linguistic Content and English and held by 243 libraries worldwide
Royal Albert Hall organ restored by Simon Preston( file )
4 editions published between 2006 and 2009 in No Linguistic Content and Undetermined and held by 228 libraries worldwide
Masses by Joseph Haydn( Sound Recording )
11 editions published between 1979 and 1998 in 5 languages and held by 228 libraries worldwide
Massin F, K 192(Missa Brevis);Dixit and Magnificat, K. 193 Mozarteum orchestra and chorus of Salzburg Hermann Schmeidel, conductor
Dixit Dominus ; Nisi Dominus ; Salve Regina by George Frideric Handel( file )
8 editions published between 1988 and 1994 in 4 languages and held by 220 libraries worldwide
Zadok the priest by George Frideric Handel( file )
4 editions published in 2012 in 3 languages and held by 218 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 organista britannico
Саймън Престън
English (84)
Latin (67)
German (20)
Spanish (3)
Creek (1)
Multiple languages (1)
Dutch (1)
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