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André Previn

Duration:
40 minutes
First broadcast:
Sunday 18 August 1996

The castaway in Desert Island Discs this week is the composer and conductor André Previn. He'll be talking to Sue Lawley about how he and his family fled from Nazi Germany and ended up in California. His skill as a jazz musician led to a job at MGM and four Oscars for the film scores he wrote there. However, in the mid-1960s he turned his back on Hollywood and became principal conductor of the London Symphony Orchestra. He'll be discussing this dramatic transition, his famous appearance on the Morecambe and Wise Show and the perils of his now-abandoned celebrity status.

[Taken from the original programme material for this archive edition of Desert Island Discs]

Favourite track: Symphony No 40 In G Minor by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Book: The collected works by Anton Chekhov
Luxury: Piano

Music Played

8 items
  • Image for Ludwig van Beethoven

    Ludwig van Beethoven Violin Concerto in D major

    Soloist: Anne-Sophie Mutter Orchestra: Berlin Philharmonic Conductor: Herbert von Karajan

    Great Violin Concertos, Deutsche Grammophon

  • Image for Ralph Vaughan Williams

    Ralph Vaughan Williams Symphony No. 5 in D major

    Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra Conductor: Andre Previn

    Vaughan Williams' Symphony No 5, RCA Classics

  • Image for Claude Debussy

    Claude Debussy Prélude à l'après midi d'un faune

    Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra Conductor: Pierre Monteux

    Pierre Monteux Conducts The L.S.O, Decca

  • Image for Johannes Brahms

    Johannes Brahms Symphony No. 4 in E minor

    Conductor: Herbert von Karajan Orchestra: Berlin Philharmonic

    Symphonies Numbers 3 And 4, Deutsche Grammophon

  • Image for Richard Strauss

    Richard Strauss Don Quixote

    Orchestra: Vienna Philharmonia Orchestra Conductor: Andre Previn

    Don Quixote, Telarc

  • Image for Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Symphony No. 40 in G minor

    Orchestra: The Columbia Symphony Orchestra Conductor: Bruno Walter

    Mozart Symphonies Nos 35-41, Sony Classical

  • Image for Benjamin Britten

    Benjamin Britten Peter Grimes

    Conductor Benjamin Britten Orchestra: The Orchestra Of The Royal Opera House (Covent Garden)

    Peter Grimes, Decca

  • Image for Ludwig van Beethoven

    Ludwig van Beethoven String Quartet No.14 in C sharp minor, Op. 131

    Ensemble: The Alban Berg Quartet

    Beethoven String Quartet, EMI

Credits

Presenter
Sue Lawley
Interviewed Guest
André Previn

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