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Andre Previn (1929-2019)


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« on: February 28, 2019, 07:12:58 pm »

At his best-in the 1970s- Andre Previn was quite simply absolutely inspired as a conductor. His performances of the Vaughan Williams symphonies and of the music of Sir William Walton were not only totally idiomatic, they set benchmarks which very few conductors have reached in the years since. This performance of Walton's Symphony No.1 is quite superb and is testimony to a conductor who will be very sadly missed.

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« Reply #1 on: March 01, 2019, 08:00:07 am »

I agree with you both. He made the VW Pastoral come alive for me in a  way no one else seemed to before: I never felt Boult quite managed that work, despite his wonderful recordings of the other symphonies.
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« Reply #2 on: March 01, 2019, 01:26:04 pm »

Yes, Toby it was against our "rules" to post the link to Andre Previn's recording of the RVW Pastoral Symphony. It is still available on cd and we would encourage those interested to purchase the cd. It is-as you correctly say-a marvellous performance of an under-rated work.

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Vaughan-Williams-Symphonies-Pastoral-Symphony/dp/B000026FBF/ref=sr_1_1?s=music&ie=UTF8&qid=1551446516&sr=1-1&keywords=Previn+%2B+Vaughan+Williams+Pastoral
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« Reply #3 on: March 01, 2019, 02:20:50 pm »

I suppose that we also have to acknowledge the reality that Previn was probably "too talented" or at least too multi-faceted as film composer, jazz performer, composer as well as conductor and that, unlike, almost all of the great conductors, he did not "get better" as he got older.His work after the LSO decade, with the Pittsburgh SO, Los Angeles PO, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and Oslo PO, did not reach the same heights as his earlier work. It is as if he peaked too young (if 40s and 50s are counted as "young"...which for the great conductors they probably are!). Outside the romantic repertoire he was not exceptional. BUT in his "great years" and in the repertoire he loved he WAS a superb conductor and a great communicator.
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« Reply #4 on: March 03, 2019, 09:04:15 pm »

I remember hearing him say that his ambition was to hear every piece of music that was ever composed, and thinking that it was a shame he didn't make it more possible by conducting more non-standard repertoire. Then again, I do recall him conducting the LSO in the first movement of Raff 5.
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