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André Previn conducts Rachmaninov, Prokofiev and Bernstein

London Symphony Orchestra, 1971-1977

André Previn conducts Rachmaninov, Prokofiev and Bernstein London Symphony Orchestra, 1971-1977

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It is hard for us to realize now how selective the western take on Rachmaninov's output was when Previn began playing the composer's works. He made it quite clear when he started recording for EMI in the early 1970s that he had to revisit the epic symphony without the cuts he had made. This was customary at the time, especially for his first London Symphony Orchestra recording of the work for RCA back in 1966. The piano concertos were already well established, of course: Previn started out by recording the less-often-played First and Fourth Concertos with Leonard Pennario some eight years before his celebrated Decca performance with Vladimir Ashkenazy. But wider audiences in Britain were certainly less familiar with the work Rachmaninov himself held dearest, the stunning choral symphony The Bells, when Previn gave its Proms premiere in July 1973.

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Program

  • Sergei Rachmaninov, The Bells, Op. 35
  • Sergei Prokofiev, Lieutenant Kijé, Symphonic Suite Op. 60
  • Leonard Bernstein, Candide
    • Overture

Details

  • Venue: Royal Festival Hall (London, Great Britain)
  • Production date: 2011
  • Recording date: 07/1973, 04/1977, 11/1971
  • Duration: 1 h 02 min
  • Production: © BBC, under licence to International Classical Artists Ltd
  • Available version(s): EN
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Casting

  • Sheila Armstrong | Soprano
  • Robert Tear | Tenor
  • John Shirley-Quirk | Bass baritone

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