Andre Previn (1929-)

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01From Nazi Germany To Hollywood20141215

Previn's early life in pre-war Berlin and first experiences as a Hollywood film composer.

Donald Macleod exclusively in conversation with the multitalented conductor, composer, jazzman and classical pianist André Previn. Today: Previn's early years in pre-war Berlin, and first experiences as a Hollywood film composer.

André Previn is one of our most iconic musical celebrities - a world-renowned conductor, a multi-award-winning jazz and classical pianist, and a household name to millions after his appearance as Morecambe and Wise's guest "Andrew Preview". With five former marriages, including to actress Mia Farrow and violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter, Previn's never been far from the arts - and the gossip - pages of the newspapers. And yet, his formidable talents as a composer have often been overlooked. This week, Donald Macleod explores André Previn's career as a movie, jazz and classical composer, exclusively in conversation Previn himself as they explore his remarkable musical life.

Once upon a time there was a little Jewish boy called Andreas Ludwig Prewin, growing up in Nazi Germany as Europe moved towards the brink of war. He talks to Donald Macleod about his memories of 1930s Berlin, and his family's flight to America, where the teenager found a job as a budding arranger and composer at the prestigious MGM Studios. We'll hear two of his most brilliant movie scores - for the films "Bad Day At Black Rock" and "Four Horsemen Of The Apocalypse", before Previn discusses one of his most recent works - his 2009 opera, based on David Lean's classic film "Brief Encounter".

02Jazz Pianist Extraordinaire20141216

Previn's success as a jazz pianist in the 1950s and marriage to lyricist Dory Langdon.

Donald Macleod talks to André Previn about his meteoric success as a jazz pianist in the 1950s - and his troubled marriage to the gifted lyricist Dory Langdon.

André Previn is one of our most iconic musical celebrities - a world-renowned conductor, a multi-award-winning jazz and classical pianist, and a household name to millions after his appearance as Morecambe and Wise's guest "Andrew Preview". With five former marriages, including to actress Mia Farrow and violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter, Previn's never been far from the arts - and the gossip - pages of the newspapers. And yet, his formidable talents as a composer have often been overlooked. This week, Donald Macleod explores André Previn's career as a movie, jazz and classical composer, exclusively in conversation Previn himself as they explore his remarkable musical life.

Having built a career as a brilliant young film composer, André Previn's career as a jazz pianist suddenly took off in 1954, when his album "My Fair Lady" - his own trio arrangements of the popular musical - became the bestselling album the jazz industry had ever experienced. Catapulted into fame, and still only in his early 20s, Previn became one of the most sought-after pianists of his generation - simultaneously releasing dozens of jazz albums whilst honing his skills as a classical pianist. He speaks to Donald Macleod about his career as a jazz and popular composer, and discusses his relationship with the gifted but troubled lyricist Dory Langdon - his second wife and longtime collaborator. We'll hear a trio of their songs, and from one of Previn's most significant concert hall works - his Guitar Concerto, written for the virtuoso soloist John Williams.

03Lso Maestro, Mr Mia Farrow20141217

Previn's role as LSO chief conductor and life in England with his third wife, Mia Farrow.

Donald Macleod talks exclusively to André Previn about his stratospheric rise to the post of Chief Conductor of the London Symphony Orchestra - and his life in the idyllic Dorset countryside with his third wife, actress Mia Farrow.

André Previn is one of our most iconic musical celebrities - a world-renowned conductor, a multi-award-winning jazz and classical pianist, and a household name to millions after his appearance as Morecambe and Wise's guest "Andrew Preview". With five former marriages, including to actress Mia Farrow and violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter, Previn's never been far from the arts - and the gossip - pages of the newspapers. And yet, his formidable talents as a composer have often been overlooked. This week, Donald Macleod explores André Previn's career as a movie, jazz and classical composer, exclusively in conversation Previn himself as they explore his remarkable musical life.

In the early 1960s, André Previn was one of the most celebrated movie composers in the world. And then he walked away from Hollywood forever - to take up a post as the young, charismatic Chief Conductor of the London Symphony Orchestra. At this time he would also meet - and marry - one of the most famous women in the world: actress Mia Farrow. Previn talks to Donald Macleod about their marriage and life in the idyllic Dorset countryside, as well as his experiences directing the LSO. As well as a selection of his concert works from this time, we'll also hear from one of Previn's most famous recordings with the LSO - the complete Vaughan Williams symphony cycle. We end with one of this week's musical highlights, and perhaps Previn's greatest compositional achievement: the song cycle "Honey and Rue", to words by Toni Morrison, in which Previn draws on his love of jazz, popular and classical music.

04Guest Star: 'andrew Preview'20141218

Including Previn's famous appearance on the 1971 Morecambe and Wise Christmas Show.

Donald Macleod talks exclusively to André Previn about his legendary appearance on the 1971 Morecambe and Wise Christmas Show, and friendship with fellow Russian émigré Vladimir Ashkenazy.

André Previn is one of our most iconic musical celebrities - a world-renowned conductor, a multi-award-winning jazz and classical pianist, and a household name to millions after his appearance as Morecambe and Wise's guest "Andrew Preview". With five former marriages, including to actress Mia Farrow and violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter, Previn's never been far from the arts - and the gossip - pages of the newspapers. And yet, his formidable talents as a composer have often been overlooked. This week, Donald Macleod explores André Previn's career as a movie, jazz and classical composer, exclusively in conversation Previn himself as they explore his remarkable musical life.

In 1971, André Previn became arguably the most famous classical musician in Britain - beamed into millions of living rooms as one of the Morecambe and Wise Christmas Show's most famous guests. Even forty years on, he tells Donald Macleod, London cabbies still open their windows to offer their greetings to "Andrew Preview"... In 1979, however, Previn would leave his post as the LSO's Principal Conductor to pursue musical pastures new; he introduces a series of more recent jazz compositions, as well as his Piano Concerto, written for his friend, and fellow émigré, Vladimir Ashkenazy. Donald Macleod also explores André Previn's first opera, "A Streetcar Named Desire",.

05 LASTFrom Andre To Anne-sophie20141219

Previn discusses his personal and musical relationship with violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter.

Donald Macleod talks exclusively to André Previn. Today: the composer discusses his personal and musical relationship with his fifth wife, violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter.

André Previn is one of our most iconic musical celebrities - a world-renowned conductor, a multi-award-winning jazz and classical pianist, and a household name to millions after his appearance as Morecambe and Wise's guest "Andrew Preview". With five former marriages, including to actress Mia Farrow and violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter, Previn's never been far from the arts - and the gossip - pages of the newspapers. And yet, his formidable talents as a composer have often been overlooked. This week, Donald Macleod explores André Previn's career as a movie, jazz and classical composer, exclusively in conversation Previn himself as they explore his remarkable musical life.

At the age of 85, André Previn is in demand more than ever: both on the podium, and as an acclaimed composer for the concert hall, recording studio and opera stage. Donald Macleod ends the week of exclusive conversations with the composer with a selection of recent works, and talks to Previn about his personal and musical relationship with a musician considered by many to be his muse - his fifth wife, violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter. We end with one of the many works Previn has written for her - his jazzy, brilliant "Tango Song and Dance" suite for violin and piano.