André Previn at the BBC  14655

  • 00:01:00 Late Night Line-Up interview on Previn’s jazz recordings
  • 00:02:00 On dodging publicity in Hollywood, appreciates it when people “take the time to write about what I’m doing professionally”
  • 00:03:30 On quitting Hollywood, and getting the LSO
  • 00:06:00 “tougher to get a seat for the London Symphony Orchestra than for a West End Show”, André Previn’s Music Night with no white tie and tails. “I knew that I wanted to be comfortable, I wanted the orchestra to comfortable, and in a way I thought that it would make the audience comfortable”.
  • 00:08:45 On The Morecambe & Wise Show
  • 00:11:30 On press call for Morecambe & Wise: “One of them said ‘would you jump up and down on the podium?’ And I said ‘no … I’ll make a fool of myself anytime you want, but I won’t make a fool of the music’ … and Eric was in heaven, he said ‘I love it when you tell the press off’.”
  • 00:12:00 Guitar concerto: interview footage with Prévin interspersed throughout recording of the work
  • 00:15:00 “I’m interested in almost any music when it’s played well”
  • 00:15:30 Counterpoint on William Walton.
  • 00:17:00 Vladimir Ashkenazy: “Those who often say that Rachmaninov’s music is vulgar, they miss a point, that it could never be considered vulgar in Russia. Now, if you consider Rachmaninov vulgar, you’ve got to consider the whole of Russian culture vulgar. Rachmaninov is a pure expression of the Russian soul.”
  • 00:22:00 Omnibus: Who Needs a Conductor?
  • 00:23:45 On writing his own scripts
  • 00:24:00 Omnibus excerpt On stick technique, and funny illustrations of it in an old book
  • 00:29:00 Christmas Music Night
  • 00:33:40 The Lively Arts Turangalila “One of my favourite pieces”
  • 00:36:30 Parkinson On first symphony concert, hearing Furtwängler conduct Brahms.
  • 00:37:15 Where Are They Now?
  • 00:40:00 André Previn and Friends Starts with unidentified cellist. “Good evening, Ladies and Gentlemen, and welcome to another programme where the guests are friends of mine, with whom I will make some music”.
  • 00:44:45 janet Baker on advice on planning a programme: “Start with a bang and end with a flash. One must at some point in the programme provide firework …” (intro to ‘Oh! Had I Jubal’s Lyre’)
  • 00:48:00 On the superlative qualities of Dame Janet
  • 00:48:30 Sounds Magnificent
  • 00:51:20 “I was not a television person, I was a person who was on television. There’s a huge difference.”
  • 00:51:30 Mozart solo piano concertos; “an unparalleled range of expression and understanding” … explanation of starling birdsong genesis at piano.
  • 00:56:15 “All through my life there have been well-meaning people who have said to me ‘why don’t you just do one thing? why don’t you just play the piano or just conduct or just compose?’. Well, the answer to that is selfish. And that is that as long as people will let me get away with it and will want to hear me do those things, I will do them, because I like doing all three.”
  • 00:56:40 Previn on Concertos from the André Previn Music Festival at the South Bank.


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