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The Man in Black (Polo Neck)
Monday 30 August 2004 20:25-20:45 (Radio 3)
Petroc Trelawny presents a profile of tonight's conductor, Andre Previn, focusing on his work away from the concert platform. Julian Joseph considers his life's work as a jazz pianist; Lorna Luft his precocious film music and songs he wrote for stars such as her mother Judy Garland. John Ammonds, who directed the great Morecambe and Wise Show in which Previn grappled with Eric's interpretation of Grieg's Piano Concerto, hails his comic timing and Humphrey Burton recalls his pioneering television work, when the London Symphony Orchestra filled prime-time - BBC 1 on Saturday Night - with classical music, introduced and conducted by Andre Previn in his black polo-neck.