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April 6, 2009

Salute to Andre Previn on his 80th birthday

On the occasion of Andre Previn's 80th birthday, April 6, here are two facets of this multi-faceted artist. First, an excerpt from Rachmaninoff's Symphony No. 2, which Previn recorded in the 1970s with the London Symphony, establishing a benchmark interpretation. And then, to salute his always classy piano playing, savor one of Previn's most sensitive efforts, accompanying Doris Day in her disarming account of the Rodgers and Hart song, "Nobody's Heart."

Rachmaninoff, Symphony No. 2, third movement:

Rachmaninoff: Symphony No. 2: III. Adagio - Andre Previn
"Nobody's Heart":

Posted by Tim Smith at 4:57 PM | | Comments (2)


Lovely! Just lovely! Thanks for brightening my day.

Don't mention it.TIM

Thank you, Tim, for commemorating Andre Previn's pan-cultural musical offerings. Besides his outstanding record as a conductor and Hollywood composer, he's a wonderful jazz pianist, with dozens of albums to his name. Very few musicians have made such wide-ranging contributions at such a high level in so many fields. Oh -- and people forget what a great singer Doris Day was. It makes you wonder what she would have done if she had concentrated on singing rather than dabbling in films ... Keep up the great work in Balto.

Thanks for the insightful comments.TIM

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Born and raised in Washington, D.C., I couldn't help but develop a keen interest in politics, but music, theater and visual art also proved great attractions. Music became my main focus after high school. I thought about being a cocktail pianist, but I hated taking requests, so I studied music history instead, earning a B.A. in that field from Eisenhower College (Seneca Falls, N.Y.) and an M.A. from Occidental College (Los Angeles). I then landed in journalism. After freelancing for the Washington Post and others, I was classical music critic for the Sun-Sentinel in South Florida, where I also contributed to NPR. I've written for the New York Times, BBC Music Magazine and other publications, and I'm a longtime contributor to Opera News. My book, The NPR Curious Listener's Guide to Classical Music (Perigee, 2002), can be found on the most discerning remainder racks.

I joined the Baltimore Sun as classical music critic in 2000 and, in 2009, also became theater critic, giving me the opportunity to annoy a whole new audience. In 2010, my original Clef Notes blog expanded to encompass a theatrical component -- how could I resist calling it Drama Queens? I hope you'll find both sides of this blog coin worth exploring and reacting to; your own comments are always welcome and valued (well, most of them, at least).

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