André Previn

André Previn

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Gershwin: Rhapsody in Blue & Piano Concerto

Gershwin: Rhapsody in Blue & Piano Concerto


Gershwin:

Rhapsody in Blue

Piano Concerto in F major

An American in Paris, tone poem


As a luminary in the worlds of classical music, jazz and show business, André Previn is the ideal interpreter of these ground-breaking works by George Gershwin. Previn, here both pianist and conductor, spent eleven years in charge of the London Symphony Orchestra, and his close relationship with its players bears fruit in sumptuous performances that go with a captivating swing.

Presto Greatest Recordings

1970s

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Mozart: Chamber Music

Mozart: Chamber Music


Mozart:

Quintet for Piano and Winds in E flat, K452

András Schiff (piano), Heinz Holliger (oboe), Elmar Schmid (clarinet), Radovan Vlatkovic (bassoon) & Klaus Thunemann (horn)

Piano Quartet No. 1 in G minor, K478

André Previn (piano)

Musikverein Quartet

Piano Quartet No. 2 in E flat major, K493

André Previn (piano)

Musikverein Quartet


The Piano Quartets are like heavenly twins, alike on the outside but very different in tone. The G minor, like all Mozart’s works in that key, is intense, introspective and even tragic in places. The E flat is extrovert, bracing, brilliant and straightforwardly pleasurable. The present performances feature what, at first glance, is a strange match between a pianist who made his name in Hollywood and members of a quartet drawn from the archetypal central European orchestra, the Vienna Philharmonic. But there was always more to André Previn than his connection with the movies implied. Born in Berlin in 1929, he already had studies in his home city and Paris behind him when he emigrated to America with his family in 1939; and it was as a brilliant prodigy that he went to Hollywood in his late teens. His work in films gave him an all-round grounding in practical musicianship and he was always a sought-after pianist in both jazz and classical circles.

The quintet in E flat, KV 452, could hardly be more different from the piano quartets. For one thing, it involves Mozart’s four favourite wind instruments, oboe, clarinet, horn and bassoon – he affected not to like the flute, although he wrote well enough for it. And even though a piano is involved, Mozart’s instincts for the qualities of individual instruments tell him that he has to let the winds express their idiosyncratic characters, sometimes keeping the piano out of their way. All four winds have their distinctive solos and, where possible, Mozart combines them in differing combinations against the piano. It can be a difficult work to balance but the problem is triumphantly surmounted in this recording, made in the Mozartsaal of the Konzerthaus in Vienna, where the Busch, Konzerthaus and Alban Berg Quartets used to hold sway. The sessions were overseen by the legendary Decca producer Christopher Raeburn, a Mozartian to his fingertips. The great Hungarian pianist András Schiff (born 1953) was joined by four illustrious wind soloists: Swiss oboist and composer Heinz Holliger (born 1939); his compatriot clarinettist Elmar Schmid (born 1947); Croatian horn player Radovan Vlatkovic (born 1962); and German bassoonist Klaus Thünemann (born 1937).

“Schiff and colleagues play the enchanting K452 Quintet, and André Previn impresses in the Quartets, shaping phrases with a velvet touch that tells even in the recessed piano image.” BBC Music Magazine, April 2015 ****

“On the surface (and only on the surface) these performances are similar to the slick, cool readings recorded by George Szell and members of the Budapest Quartet. André Previn may not yet be in Szell's league as a conductor, but here he proves himself an equally stylish and considerably more sensitive pianist. Previn's tone is purer and more finely controlled, and he is a much more intelligent ensemble player, knowing (as Szell seemed not to) how to blend with his colleagues and step out of the spotlight when the music so demands. […] These are exemplary readings, and the string players acquit themselves admirably […] Rich, close sound and flawless surfaces contribute to making this a most welcome release” Fanfare, December 1982 (Piano Quartets)

“The wind players are excellent and blend well, while the overall ensemble displays a fine unity. The balance places the piano more backwardly than usual, but no detail of Schiff’s playing is lost.” Gramophone Magazine, April 1995 (Quintet)

“I have nothing but praise for the Decca recording and the way it achieves a just and highly satisfactory balance between the piano and the strings” Gramophone Magazine, March 1982 (Piano Quartets)

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André Previn: Piano Pieces for Children

André Previn: Piano Pieces for Children


Lieberson, G:

Piano pieces for advanced children or retarded adults

Mendelssohn:

Kinderstücke (6), Op. 72 'Christmas Pieces'

Mozart:

Variations (12) on ‘Ah, vous dirai-je, Maman' in C major, K265

Mussorgsky:

Ein Kinderscherz

Intermezzo in modo classico


With his incomparable charm and erudition, André Previn plays 'Piano Pieces for Children', a collection of pieces by Mozart, Mendelssohn, Mussorgsky and Goddard Lieberson, played by one of the most versatile musicians of our day.

“An attractively played collection” BBC Music Magazine, July 2013 ****

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Gershwin - Rhapsody in Blue & Piano Concerto

Gershwin - Rhapsody in Blue & Piano Concerto


Gershwin:

Rhapsody in Blue

Piano Concerto in F major

An American in Paris, tone poem


The popular Gershwin triptych features André Previn as both pianist and conductor in this 1984 recording, which now appears at mid-price for the first time

Decca - Originals - 4782120

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Bernstein: Jazz Classics

Bernstein: Jazz Classics


Bernstein:

West Side Story: Symphonic Dances

New York Philharmonic

Candide - Overture

New York Philharmonic

Fancy Free, ballet

New York Philharmonic

On the Waterfront: Symphonic Suite

New York Philharmonic

Gershwin:

An American in Paris, tone poem

New York Philharmonic

Piano Concerto in F major

Andre Previn (piano)

Columbia Symphony Orchestra

Rhapsody in Blue

Columbia Symphony Orchestra


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Gershwin: Rhapsody in Blue, An American in Paris & Piano Concerto

Gershwin: Rhapsody in Blue, An American in Paris & Piano Concerto


Gershwin:

Rhapsody in Blue

Columbia Symphony Orchestra, Leonard Bernstein

An American in Paris, tone poem

New York Philharmonic, Leonard Bernstein

Piano Concerto in F major

Andre Previn (piano), Uan Rasey (trumpet)

Andre Kostelanetz & His Orchestra


“Bernstein's approach in the Rhapsody, which he directs from the keyboard, is exceptionally flexible but completely spontaneous. It is a masterly account in every way, quixotic in mood, rhythmically subtle and creating a great surge of human warmth at the entry of the big central tune.” Penguin Guide, 2011 edition

Penguin Guide

Rosette Winner

Building a Library

First Choice - February 2012

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Previn: Diversions & Songs

Previn: Diversions & Songs


Previn:

Diversions

Wiener Philharmoniker, André Previn

Sallie Chisum remembers Billy the Kid

Barbara Bonney (soprano)

London Symphony Orchestra, André Previn

Vocalise

Barbara Bonney (soprano), Moray Welsh (cello)

The Giraffes go to Hamburg

Renée Fleming (soprano), André Previn (piano), Renée Siebert (alto flute)

Three Dickinson Songs

Renée Fleming (soprano), André Previn (piano)


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DG - 4710282

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American Scenes

American Scenes


Barber:

Piano Concerto Op. 38 - Canzone

Copland:

Rodeo: Corral Nocturne

Violin Sonata

Gershwin:

Preludes (3)

(trans. Heifetz)

Previn:

Sonata for violin and piano "Vineyard"


Gil Shaham (violin), André Previn (piano)

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DG - 4534702

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The Best of Gershwin

The Best of Gershwin


Gershwin:

Summertime (from Porgy and Bess)

It Ain't Necessarily So (from Porgy and Bess)

A Foggy Day (In London Town)

Bess, you is my woman now (from Porgy and Bess)

Isn't It a Pity?

I Got Rhythm (from Girl Crazy & An American in Paris)

The Man I Love

They Can't Take That Away From Me

Nice Work If You Can Get It

Love Walked In

They all laughed

Embraceable You

Who Cares?

Summertime (from Porgy and Bess)

Liza

Slap That Bass

How Long Has This Been Going On

Of Thee I Sing

The Man I Love

Swanee

Rhapsody in Blue

Leonard Bernstein (piano/conductor)

Columbia Symphony Orchestra

An American in Paris, tone poem

New York Philharmonic, Leonard Bernstein

Piano Concerto in F major: Allegro agitato

Andre Previn (piano)

Prelude No. 1

arr. for two pianos

Katia and Marielle Labeque (piano duo)

Strike up the Band Overture

Boston Pops Orchestra, John Williams

Porgy and Bess: A Symphonic Picture

arr. Robert Russell Bennett

Philadelphia Orchestra, Eugene Ormandy

Girl Crazy Overture

Buffalo Philharmonic, Michael Tilson Thomas


Singers includes Miles Davis, Aretha Franklin, George Benson, Tommy Flanagan

Sony - 606612

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Amadeus at the Movies (Inspiration)

Amadeus at the Movies (Inspiration)


Edita Gruberová (soprano vocals), Academy of St Martin-in-the-Fields, John Aler (tenor vocals), Andrei Gavrilov (piano), Sabine Meyer (clarinet), Eberhard Waechter, Graziella Sciutti (soprano vocals), Eberhard Wächter (baritone vocals), Annie Fischer (piano), Vladimir Spivakov (director), Vladimir Spivakov (violin), Gianna Rolandi (soprano vocals), Dame Felicity Lott (soprano vocals), André Previn (piano), Radu Lupu (piano), Edda Moser (soprano vocals), Gary Hoffman (cello), Gérard Caussé (violin), Augustin Dumay (violin)

Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Academy of St. Martin in the Fields, Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks, Wiener Streichsextett, Mitglieder des Wiener Streichsextetts, Philharmonia, Sir Colin Davis, Sir Neville Marriner, Bernard Haitink, Carlo Maria Giulini, Sir Adrian Boult, Franz Welser-Möst, André Previn, Eugen Jochum, Riccardo Muti

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