André Previn: An 80th Birthday Celebration

André Previn: An 80th Birthday Celebration

by André Previn


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André Previn: An 80th Birthday Celebration

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.

Product Details

Release Date: 04/14/2009
Label: Rca
UPC: 0886974725022
catalogNumber: 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
Steven Epstein   Producer
Elizabeth A. Wright   Product Development

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