André Previn

Biography

Born: Apr 6, 1929; Germany  
One of the most versatile musicians on the planet, Andre Previn has amassed considerable credentials as a jazz pianist, despite carving out separate lives first as a Hollywood arranger and composer, and then a world-class classical conductor, pianist and composer. Always fluid, melodic and swinging, with elements of Bud Powell, Oscar Peterson and Horace Silver mixed with a faultless technique, Previn hasn't changed much over the decades but can Read more always be counted upon for polished, reliable performances at the drop of a hat.
He started piano lessons in his native Berlin before the Nazi threat forced his family to move to Paris in 1938 and the U.S. the following year. Settling in Los Angeles, the wunderkind Previn began working as a jazz pianist, an arranger for MGM, and a recording artist for Sunset Records while still in high school -- and by his 18th year, his first recordings for RCA Victor had racked up substantial sales. Originally swing-oriented, Previn discovered bop in 1950 just before his induction into the Army. Upon returning to Los Angeles, Previn went into overdrive, gigging as a jazz pianist, scoring films and playing chamber music. Forming a smooth boppish trio with Shelly Manne and Leroy Vinnegar, Previn scored a huge crossover hit with an album of jazz interpretations of My Fair Lady, which in turn led to a series of like-minded albums of Broadway scores and kicked off an industry trend.
By 1962, Previn started to make the transition away from Hollywood toward becoming a full-time classical conductor, dropping his jazz activities entirely. He stayed away from jazz for 27 years, with the exceptions of a handful of sessions with Ella Fitzgerald and classical violinist/dabbler Itzhak Perlman. Indeed, in 1984, he was quoted as saying that jazz was "an expendable art form" for him. But in March 1989, shortly before resigning from the Los Angeles Philharmonic in a dispute with management, Previn returned to jazz with a trio album for Telarc with Ray Brown and Joe Pass, showing that he had not lost an iota of his abilities. Since then, he has returned frequently to the studio as a jazz pianist for Telarc, Angel, Deutsche Grammophon and DRG when not freelancing as a conductor or composing classical scores. Read less

Biography

Born: Apr 6, 1929; Germany  
One of the most versatile musicians on the planet, Andre Previn has amassed considerable credentials as a jazz pianist, despite carving out separate lives first as a Hollywood arranger and composer, and then a world-class classical conductor, pianist and composer. Always fluid, melodic and swinging, with elements of Bud Powell, Oscar Peterson and Horace Silver mixed with a faultless technique, Previn hasn't changed much over the decades but can Read more
WORKS ALBUMS
TITLE/COMPOSER
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Concerto in F (1998 Remastered Version): I. Allegro
Concerto in F (1998 Remastered Version): II. Adagio - Andante con moto
Concerto in F (1998 Remastered Version): III. Allegro agitato
Gershwin: An American in Paris - 1. Allegretto grazioso
Gershwin: An American in Paris - 2. Andante ma con ritmo deciso
Gershwin: Piano Concerto in F - 1. Allegro
Gershwin: Piano Concerto in F - 2. Adagio
Gershwin: Piano Concerto in F - 3. Allegro agitato
Gershwin: Piano Concerto in F - 1. Allegro
Gershwin: Piano Concerto in F - 2. Adagio
Gershwin: Piano Concerto in F - 3. Allegro agitato
Gershwin: An American in Paris - 1. Allegretto grazioso
Gershwin: An American in Paris - 2. Andante ma con ritmo deciso
Gershwin: Piano Concerto in F - 1. Allegro
Gershwin: Piano Concerto in F - 2. Adagio
Gershwin: Piano Concerto in F - 3. Allegro agitato
Previn: Three Dickinson Songs - 1. As Imperceptibly as Grief
Previn: Three Dickinson Songs - 2. Will There Really Be a Morning
Previn: Three Dickinson Songs - 3. Good Morning Midnight
I. Allegro
II. Andante con moto
III. Allegro agitato
Piano Quintet in F minor Op. 34 (1999 Digital Remaster): I. Allegro non troppo
Piano Quintet in F minor Op. 34 (1999 Digital Remaster): II. Andante, un poco Adagio
Piano Quintet in F minor Op. 34 (1999 Digital Remaster): III. Scherzo (Allegro) & Trio
Piano Quintet in F minor Op. 34 (1999 Digital Remaster): IV. Finale (Poco sostenuto - Allegro non troppo - Presto, non troppo)
1. As Imperceptibly as Grief
2. Will There Really Be a Morning
3. Good Morning Midnight
1. Tango. Passionately
2. Song. Simply
3. Dance. Jazz feeling
1. As Imperceptibly as Grief
2. Will There Really Be a Morning
3. Good Morning Midnight
Concerto in F (1998 Digital Remaster): First movement: Allegro
Concerto in F (1998 Digital Remaster): Second movement: Adagio - Andante con moto
Concerto in F (1998 Digital Remaster): Allegro agitato
1. Allegro ben ritmato e deciso
2. Andante con moto e poco rubato
3. Allegro ben ritmato e deciso
Copland: Twelve Poems of Emily Dickinson - 1. Nature, the gentlest mother
Copland: Twelve Poems of Emily Dickinson - 2. There came a wind like a bugle
Copland: Twelve Poems of Emily Dickinson - 3. Why do they shut me out of Heaven?
Copland: Twelve Poems of Emily Dickinson - 4. The world feels dusty
Copland: Twelve Poems of Emily Dickinson - 5. Heart, we will forget him
Copland: Twelve Poems of Emily Dickinson - 6. Dear March, come in!
Copland: Twelve Poems of Emily Dickinson - 7. Sleep is supposed to be
Copland: Twelve Poems of Emily Dickinson - 8. When they come back
Copland: Twelve Poems of Emily Dickinson - 9. I felt a funeral in my brain
Copland: Twelve Poems of Emily Dickinson - 10. I've heard an organ talk sometimes
Copland: Twelve Poems of Emily Dickinson - 11. Going to Heaven!
Copland: Twelve Poems of Emily Dickinson - 12. The Chariot
Argento: Six Elizabethan Songs - 1. Spring (Thomas Nash)
Argento: Six Elizabethan Songs - 2. Sleep (Samuel Daniel)
Argento: Six Elizabethan Songs - 3. Winter (Shakespeare)
Argento: Six Elizabethan Songs - 4. Dirge (Shakespeare)
Argento: Six Elizabethan Songs - 5. Diaphenia (Henry Constable)
Argento: Six Elizabethan Songs - 6. Hymn (Ben Jonson)
Barber: Hermit Songs Op.29 - 1. At Saint Patrick's Purgatory
Barber: Hermit Songs Op.29 - 2. Church Bell at Night
Barber: Hermit Songs Op.29 - 3. St. Ita's Vision
Barber: Hermit Songs Op.29 - 4. The Heavenly Banquet
Barber: Hermit Songs Op.29 - 5. The Crucifixion
Barber: Hermit Songs Op.29 - 6. Sea-Snatch
Barber: Hermit Songs Op.29 - 7. Promiscuity
Barber: Hermit Songs Op.29 - 8. The Monk and His Cat
Barber: Hermit Songs Op.29 - 9. The Praises of God
Barber: Hermit Songs Op.29 - 10. The Desire for Hermitage
Rachmaninov: Suite No.1 for 2 Pianos, Op.5 - 1. Barcarolle
Rachmaninov: Suite No.1 for 2 Pianos, Op.5 - 2. A Night For Love
Rachmaninov: Suite No.1 for 2 Pianos, Op.5 - 3. Tears
Rachmaninov: Suite No.1 for 2 Pianos, Op.5 - 4. Russian Easter
Rachmaninov: Suite No.2 for 2 Pianos, Op.17 - 1. Introduction (Alla marcia)
Rachmaninov: Suite No.2 for 2 Pianos, Op.17 - 4. Waltz (Presto)
Rachmaninov: Suite No.2 for 2 Pianos, Op.17 - 2. Romance (Andantino)
Rachmaninov: Suite No.2 for 2 Pianos, Op.17 - 3.Tarantella (Presto)
Rachmaninov: Symphonic Dances, Op.45 - Two pianos - 1. Non allegro
Rachmaninov: Symphonic Dances, Op.45 - Two pianos - 2. Andante con moto (Tempo di Valse)
Rachmaninov: Symphonic Dances, Op.45 - Two pianos - 3. Lento assai - allegro vivace
Sonata for Cello and Piano (1993): I. Vivace - Andante espressivo - Allegro
II. Adagio
III. Allegretto - Fast
Rachmaninov: Suite No.1 for 2 Pianos, Op.5 - 1. Barcarolle
Rachmaninov: Suite No.1 for 2 Pianos, Op.5 - 2. A Night For Love
Rachmaninov: Suite No.1 for 2 Pianos, Op.5 - 3. Tears
Rachmaninov: Suite No.1 for 2 Pianos, Op.5 - 4. Russian Easter
Rachmaninov: Suite No.2 for 2 Pianos, Op.17 - 1. Introduction (Alla marcia)
Rachmaninov: Suite No.2 for 2 Pianos, Op.17 - 4. Waltz (Presto)
Rachmaninov: Suite No.2 for 2 Pianos, Op.17 - 2. Romance (Andantino)
Rachmaninov: Suite No.2 for 2 Pianos, Op.17 - 3.Tarantella (Presto)
Rachmaninov: Symphonic Dances, Op.45 - Two pianos - 1. Non allegro
Rachmaninov: Symphonic Dances, Op.45 - Two pianos - 2. Andante con moto (Tempo di Valse)
Rachmaninov: Symphonic Dances, Op.45 - Two pianos - 3. Lento assai - allegro vivace
Concerto for Two Pianos, K. 365 in E-Flat: Allegro
Andante
Rondo: Allegro
Sonata for Two Pianos, K. 448 in D: Allegro con spirito
Andante
Allegro Molto
No. 2 The Maiden in the Bridal Chamber
No. 3 Dogberry and Verges
No. 4 Intermezzo
No. 5 Masquerade
Gershwin: Piano Concerto in F - 1. Allegro
Gershwin: Piano Concerto in F - 2. Adagio
Gershwin: Piano Concerto in F - 3. Allegro agitato


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