André Previn: An 80th Birthday Celebration

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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
Encompassing the career of a multi-talented musician who began as a teenager and has worked successfully as an arranger, film score composer, jazz pianist, classical composer, and conductor on his 80th birthday is a daunting task, especially when the idea is to somehow suggest all that on a single disc. This compilation really can only sample from Andr? Previn's extensive discography, and it does so by starting with his conducting of Vaughan Williams' overture from The Wasps, following with his classical "Concerto for Guitar and Orchestra" in three movements featuring John Williams. The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra plays Previn's theme from The Four Horseman of the ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
Encompassing the career of a multi-talented musician who began as a teenager and has worked successfully as an arranger, film score composer, jazz pianist, classical composer, and conductor on his 80th birthday is a daunting task, especially when the idea is to somehow suggest all that on a single disc. This compilation really can only sample from André Previn's extensive discography, and it does so by starting with his conducting of Vaughan Williams' overture from The Wasps, following with his classical "Concerto for Guitar and Orchestra" in three movements featuring John Williams. The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra plays Previn's theme from The Four Horseman of the Apocalypse before the album switches gears to turn to Previn the jazz pianist, providing fast and fluid runs in the company of musicians like Ray Brown and Shelley Manne on pop standards including "Bye Bye Blackbird" and "A Foggy Day in London Town." Jazz musician Terrence Blanchard plays his trumpet in an excerpt from Previn's jazzy score for the 1960 film The Subterraneans, and the composer's later work is suggested by the final track, "Vocalese for Soprano, Cello and Piano," featuring Sylvia McNair and Yo-Yo Ma. It all makes for a varied collection that nevertheless only scratches the surface of the musical work Previn has done in several different forms dating back more than 60 years.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/14/2009
  • Label: Rca
  • UPC: 886974725022
  • Catalog Number: 747250

Album Credits

Performance Credits
André Previn Primary Artist, Piano, Conductor
Itzhak Perlman Violin
London Symphony Orchestra Performing Ensemble
Frank Capp Drums
Herb Ellis Guitar
Joe Henderson Tenor Saxophone
Kenny Kirkland Piano
Shelly Manne Drums
Red Mitchell Bass, Double Bass
John Williams [composer] Conductor
Yo-Yo Ma Cello
John Williams [guitar] Guitar
Reginald Veal Bass, Double Bass
Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra Performing Ensemble
Carl Allen Drums
Terence Blanchard Trumpet
Ray Brown Bass, Double Bass
J.J. Johnson Trombone
Sylvia McNair Soprano (Vocal)
J.A.C. Redford Conductor
Rayner Brown Bass
Technical Credits
George Gershwin Composer
Ralph Vaughan Williams Composer
Kurt Weill Composer
André Previn Composer
Terence Blanchard Arranger, Producer
Peter Dellheim Producer
Thomas Frost Producer
Ray Henderson Composer
Paul Myers Producer
Irving Townsend Producer
Jackson Braider Liner Notes
Roxanne Slimak Art Direction
Thomas & Richard Frost Producer
Maria Triana Remastering
Elizabeth A. Wright Product Development
Steven Epstein Producer
Elizabeth A. Wright Product Development
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