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André Previn

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Rachmaninov – The Bells
Sheila Armstrong, Robert Tear, John Shirley-Quirk
London Symphony Chorus & Orchestra
ROYAL ALBERT HALL, LONDON, 26 JULY 1973
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Prokofiev – Lieutenant Kijé
LONDON, 24 APRIL 1977
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Bernstein – Candide – Overture
ROYAL FESTIVAL HALL, LONDON, 25 NOVEMBER 1971
London Symphony Orchestra

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A multitalented conductor, Previn leads the LSO in the first performance of Rachmaninov’s The Bells at the BBC Proms with celebrated soloists Sheila Armstrong, Robert Tear and John Shirley-Quirk. All three performances on this DVD were recorded during Previn’s eleven year tenure as Principal Conductor of the London Symphony Orchestra, from which he received a Gramophone Lifetime Achievement Award in 2008.

The ICA Classics Legacy series presents a collection of historic performances by some of the world’s greatest artists. These performances are released on DVD for the first time, incorporating rare archive footage that has been expertly and lovingly restored.

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SERGEY RACHMANINOV 1873–1943

 

The Bells op.35

Les Cloches · Die Glocken

1 I           Allegro ma non tanto                                                    7.35

2 II          Lento                                                                                   10.41

3 III         Presto                                                                                  7.51

4 IV        Lento lugubre                                                                   10.44

 

Sheila Armstrong soprano

Robert Tear tenor

John Shirley-Quirk bass-baritone

 

London Symphony Chorus

London Symphony Orchestra

Leader: John Brown

ANDRÉ PREVIN

 

Director: Brian Large

Recorded: Royal Albert Hall, London, 26 July 1973

Broadcast: Omnibus at the Proms, 12 August 1973

Publisher: © 1920, 1936 by Hawkes & Son (London) Ltd.

Reproduced by permission of Boosey & Hawkes Music Publishers Ltd.

© BBC 1973

 

SERGEY PROKOFIEV 1891–1953

 

Lieutenant Kijé

Symphonic suite op.60

5 The Birth of Kijé (La Naissance de Kijé · Kijés Geburt)  4.27

6 Romance                                                                                         4.05

7 Kijé’s Wedding (Les Noces de Kijé · Kijés Heirat)           2.54

8 Troika                                                                                                               2.44

9 Kijé’s Funeral (L’Enterrement de Kijé · Kijés Begräbnis)             6.06

 

Director: Herbert Chappell

Recorded: Fairfield Hall, Croydon, 24 April 1977

Broadcast: André Previn’s Music Night, 25 May 1977

Publisher: © 1936 by Hawkes & Son (London) Ltd.

Reproduced by permission of Boosey & Hawkes Music Publishers Ltd.

© BBC 1977

 

LEONARD BERNSTEIN 1918–1990

 

10 Candide – Overture                                                                 4.53

Producer: Brian Large

Recorded: Royal Festival Hall, London, 25 November 1971

Broadcast: Music on Two, 28 November 1971

Publisher: Issued under licence from Universal Music Publishing Limited

© BBC 1971

 

London Symphony Orchestra

Leader: John Georgiadis

ANDRÉ PREVIN

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martin kendrick
03/Aug/2013

“The DVD of Previn's 1973 performance is an evocative piece of nostalgia...Their [soloists] singing is of searing emotional intensity. The chorus sing with a passion. The LSO are on top form. ”

Gramophone

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    martin kendrick
    03/Aug/2013

    “Previn draws sumptous and subtle colouring from the orchestra, as well as wonderfully alert choral singing. Sound and vision are both excellent.”

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