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Toccata and Fugue in D Minor, BWV 565 : J.S. Bach: Toccata and Fugue in D Minor, BWV 565 - II. Fugue Simon Preston, Johann Sebastian Bach 05:54
Toccata and Fugue in D Minor, BWV 565 : J.S. Bach: Toccata and Fugue in D Minor, BWV 565 - I. Toccata Simon Preston, Johann Sebastian Bach 02:33
Organ Concerto in C, BWV 594 after Vivaldi's Concerto Op. 7, No. 11 : J.S. Bach: Organ Concerto in C, BWV 594 after Vivaldi's Concerto Op. 7, No. 11 - 1. - Simon Preston, Johann Sebastian Bach 07:21
Fantasia In G, BWV 572 : J.S. Bach: Fantasia In G, BWV 572 - Gravement Simon Preston, Johann Sebastian Bach 04:46
Concerto for 3 Trumpets, 2 Oboes, Timpani, Strings and Continuo in D Major : Telemann: Concerto for 3 Trumpets, 2 Oboes, Timpani, Strings and Continuo in D Major - IV. Largo Hannes Laubin, Wolfgang Läubin, Bernhard Läubin, Simon Preston 01:59
Handel: Zadok the Priest (Coronation Anthem No. 1, HWV 258) Trevor Pinnock, The English Concert, Simon Preston, The Choir Of Westminster Abbey 05:15
Concerto For 2 Trumpets, Strings And Continuo in C Major, RV 537 : Vivaldi: Concerto For 2 Trumpets, Strings And Continuo in C Major, RV 537 - III. Allegro Hannes Laubin, Wolfgang Läubin, Simon Preston, English Chamber Orchestra 03:18
Missa Brevis in F Major, Hob.XXII: 1 : Haydn: Missa Brevis in F Major, Hob.XXII: 1 - Agnus Dei Judith Nelson, Emma Kirkby, Christ Church Cathedral Choir, Oxford, Academy Of Ancient Music 02:31
Vom Himmel hoch da komm ich her, BWV 769 : J.S. Bach: Vom Himmel hoch da komm ich her, BWV 769 - Variatio 3: Canone alla settima Simon Preston, Johann Sebastian Bach 02:25
Vom Himmel hoch da komm ich her, BWV 769 : J.S. Bach: Vom Himmel hoch da komm ich her, BWV 769 - Variatio 1: Nel canone all'ottava Simon Preston, Johann Sebastian Bach 01:35

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Born on August 4, 1938, in Bournemouth, Dorset, England, Simon Preston CBE was an organist, composer and conductor. He was the most recorded organist of all time with over 100 releases in his catalog. His musical journey began as a member of the King’s College Choir in Cambridge, he became interested in learning the organ and studied under Hugh McLean and C. H. Trevor. From 1962 until 1967, Simon Preston was the sub-organist at Westminster Abbey before becoming the organist at Christ Church, Oxford in 1970. He returned to Westminster Abbey in 1981 as organist and Master of the Choristers, a position he relinquished in 1988 in order to focus on work as a concert organist. Simon Preston toured internationally as an organist, preforming in the US, Canada, Australia, Europe, Asia, and Africa. As a composer, he began performing his own works in the mid-to-late 1960s and later including his best-known composition, “Alleluyas”. He also composed works that were performed at the Edington Music Festival in 1967 and 1968. As the most recorded organist of all time, his catalog is quite extensive and includes Motet: Jesu, Priceless Treasure And Sacred Part-Songs (1960), Britten: War Requiem (1963), Purcell: Choral Works (1981), Early English Organ Music (1986), Bach: Famous Organ Works (1989), French Organ Concertos (1991), Haydn: Four Masses (1997), and Franck: Pièce Héroïque (2013). There have been many compilations released over the years that gathered the best of his recordings including the 14 CD box set Bach: The Organ Works (2010). In 2000, Simon Preston was awarded an OBE (Officer of the Order of the British Empire) and was upgraded to CBE (Commander of the Order of the British Empire) in 2009. Simon Preston died on May 13, 2022, at the age of 83.