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Andre Previn RIP

One of the most influential figures in the world of international music has died at the age of 89. Andre Previn was one of the most multi-talented musicians of the 20th and 21st century, equally at home playing jazz piano in a club, conducting the world's greatest orchestras, writing symphonies, film scores and appearing in guest spots on TV chat and variety shows throughout the world.
It's true to say that his musical career compassed all musical forms, blurring the boundaries and spreading the popularity of them all.
Previn's 1997 Decca interpretation of the Rachmaninov 2nd Piano Concerto - with Vladimir Ashkenazi and conducting the London Symphony Orchestra - has become regarded as the definitive performance, with its sweeping phrases, perfection of volume variation and intensity of the melancholy passages. Previn himself made a number of recordings of this iconic concerto as a pianist, but conceded that Russian pianists play Russian music the best.
By contrast, Previn was a favourite on the world's general entertainment TV, notably his memorable appearance on Britain's Morecambe and Wise comedy show, in a sketch loosely based on Grieg's Piano Concerto.
He was also involved in educational and charity work and won a multitude of international awards.
Previn was the chosen conductor for many of the world's great orchestras, around the USA, London, Oslo and many others, and was the total international playboy and bon viveur, married to some of the most glamorous women in the world and living in some of the world's most exclusive residential areas. He died at his home in New York.

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