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Preston, Simon

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Works: 1,256 works in 2,623 publications in 7 languages and 19,207 library holdings
Genres: Music  Musical settings  Live sound recordings  Concertos  Anthems  Coronation music  Sacred music  Concerti grossi  Symphonies  Requiems 
Roles: Performer, Conductor, Instrumentalist, Author, Originator, Arranger, Editor, Other, Director, Composer, per, Musician
Classifications: M1112, 784.272
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Publications by Simon Preston
Most widely held works by Simon Preston
War requiem by Benjamin Britten( Sound Recording )
12 editions published between 1963 and 2013 in 4 languages and held by 606 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
War requiem op. 66 by Benjamin Britten( Sound Recording )
35 editions published between 1963 and 2013 in 5 languages and held by 566 libraries worldwide
Text in Latin and English
Organ concertos by George Frideric Handel( file )
5 editions published in 1998 in 3 languages and held by 426 libraries worldwide
Coronation anthems by George Frideric Handel( Sound Recording )
31 editions published between 1982 and 1995 in 4 languages and held by 399 libraries worldwide
Missa Papae Marcelli Tu es Petrus by Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina( Sound Recording )
28 editions published between 1986 and 2013 in 4 languages and held by 398 libraries worldwide
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 355 libraries worldwide
Messiah a sacred oratorio by George Frideric Handel( visu )
8 editions published between 1982 and 2006 in English and held by 293 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
The Dettingen Te Deum The Dettingen anthem by George Frideric Handel( Sound Recording )
9 editions published between 1984 and 1999 in English and No Linguistic Content and held by 287 libraries worldwide
Organ concertos by George Frideric Handel( Sound Recording )
32 editions published between 1968 and 2007 in 4 languages and held by 287 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
A song of welcome, etc by Arthur Bliss( file )
4 editions published between 2006 and 2011 in No Linguistic Content and English and held by 264 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 262 libraries worldwide
The four seasons concertos for violin, strings, and basso continuo, op. 8, nos. 1-4 by Antonio Vivaldi( Sound Recording )
8 editions published between 1970 and 2000 in 3 languages and held by 237 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
Masses by Joseph Haydn( Sound Recording )
11 editions published between 1979 and 1998 in 4 languages and held by 228 libraries worldwide
Missa Solemnis in D minor ("Lord Nelson Mass") Vienna State Opera Orchestra. Mario Rossi, conductor"
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 220 libraries worldwide
Organ concertos. Music for the royal fireworks by George Frideric Handel( file )
4 editions published in 1998 in No Linguistic Content and English and held by 213 libraries worldwide
Turangalîla symphony by Olivier Messiaen( file )
6 editions published between 1997 and 2005 in 3 languages and held by 206 libraries worldwide
Recorded in England
La nativité du Seigneur by Olivier Messiaen( Sound Recording )
21 editions published between 1965 and 1990 in 4 languages and held by 202 libraries worldwide
(1) TITTERINGTON, David (organ)
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 196 libraries worldwide
On Christmas night. [Christmas carols] by King's College (University of Cambridge)( Sound Recording )
18 editions published between 1953 and 2015 in 3 languages and held by 195 libraries worldwide
Music of the high Renaissance in England ( Sound Recording )
7 editions published between 1965 and 1966 in English and Undetermined and held by 194 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
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Languages
English (88)
Latin (48)
German (19)
Creek (1)
French (1)
Multiple languages (1)
Dutch (1)
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