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London Symphony Orchestra & Andre Previn – Beethoven: Symphony No. 5, Op. 67 & Prometheus Overture (Remastered) (2019) [Official Digital Download 24bit/192kHz]

London Symphony Orchestra & André Previn – Beethoven: Symphony No. 5, Op. 67 & Prometheus Overture (Remastered) (2019)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/192 kHz | Time – 43:07 minutes | 1,56 GB | Genre: Classical
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © Warner Classics

The Fifth Symphony was finished in 1808, although its composition had occupied Beethoven’s attention for many years before. At its first performance, at Vienna, it was numbered on the program as the Sixth ; and the Pastoral appeared as the Fifth. Both were finished in the same year, but the priority of the C minor is clearly established by Beethoven’s own numbering in the autograph. The C minor Symphony is probably the best known and most admired of the nine, perhaps because it is the most human in its qualities. Beethoven himself has left us a clue to its meaning, namely, that it pictures the struggle of the individual with Fate, the alternations of hope and despair, and the final triumph. In speaking of the first four notes of the opening movement, Beethoven said, some time after he had finished the symphony : “So pocht das Schicksal an die Pforte” (“Thus Fate knocks at the door”). In the Fifth, as in the Third Symphony, we find that concentration of the thought and labor which makes these two musical poems so all-powerful and overwhelming in their effect. It is not marked by a spontaneous flow of musical phrases lightly strung together, or by mere toying with musical forms; but each motive represents a concentrated essence of thought which, once heard, makes an indelible impression, and apparently admits of no change. We give only a few quotations, but bearing them in mind, the listener will be able to follow the development of this passionate outpouring of a passionate mind while brooding over its fate…quote from musicwithease.com

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Andre Previn – Beethoven: Symphony No. 7, Op. 92 (Remastered) (2019) [Official Digital Download 24bit/192kHz]

André Previn – Beethoven: Symphony No. 7, Op. 92 (Remastered) (2019)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/192 kHz | Time – 41:56 minutes | 1,41 GB | Genre: Classical
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © Warner Classics

Conductor, composer and pianist André Previn has received a number of awards and honors for his outstanding musical accomplishments, including both the Austrian and German Cross of Merit, and the Glenn Gould Prize. He is the recipient of Lifetime Achievement Awards from the Kennedy Center, the London Symphony Orchestra, Gramophone Classic FM, and this year was honored with a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award from The Recording Academy. He has also received several Grammy awards for recordings, including the CD of his violin concerto “Anne-Sophie” and Bernstein’s Serenade featuring Anne-Sophie Mutter together with the Boston and London Symphony orchestras.

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Andre Previn – Mozart: Concerto for Two Pianos, K. 365 & Piano Concerto No. 20, K. 466 (Remastered) (2019) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

André Previn – Mozart: Concerto for Two Pianos, K. 365 & Piano Concerto No. 20, K. 466 (Remastered) (2019)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time – 57:33 minutes | 988 MB | Genre: Classical
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © Warner Classics

André Previn, the stunning conductor, great pianist and remarkable composer, has just passed away, on 28 February. “A Brilliant musician and gifted composer whose talents were endless” in the words of Itzhak Perlman, he left an extensive and versatile discography dominated by his evergreen interpretations of Tchaikovsky and Prokofiev ballets, his recording of Gershwin Rhapsody in Blue, one of the true great recordings of the last century, and his stellar collaborations with Itzhak Perlman.

In this recording, we hear him both play the piano solo part and conduct in two iconic concertos by Mozart, alongside Radu Lupu in the Double Concerto. It has been especially remastered in 24-bit/96kHz from original tapes.

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Andre Previn – Holst: The Planets, Op. 32 (1974/2019) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

André Previn – Holst: The Planets, Op. 32 (1974/2019)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time – 50:48 minutes | 866 MB | Genre: Classical
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © Warner Classics

When EMI first released Andre Previn’s recording of The Planets on LP back in 1973, it became an instant favorite of mine. Not only did I find the performance as good or better than anyone else’s, I thought the sound was of reference quality. As of this writing it’s around forty years later, and my opinion hasn’t changed. I still use the “Uranus” movement as an audio standard for judging other recordings and stereo equipment. I first owned the English EMI LP pressing, vastly preferring it to the American Angel pressing; then there was the EMI compact disc, which wasn’t quite as open or solid as the LP; and later the EMI Japan mastering, which improved upon the English product.

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Andre Previn with London Symphony Orchestra – Tchaikovsky: The Nutcracker (1972/2012) {Complete Ballet, Remastered 2011} [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

Andre Previn with London Symphony Orchestra – Tchaikovsky: The Nutcracker (1972/2012) {Complete Ballet, Remastered 2011}
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 86:14 minutes | 1,64 GB | Genre: Classical, Holiday, Ballet, Orchestral
Official Digital Download – Source: HDTracks.com | © Warner Classics/Erato

This stunning audiophile download celebrates one of Tchaikovsky’s most beloved works, The Nutcracker. The ballet is an absolute masterpiece from start to finish. Under the leadership of acclaimed conductor Andre Previn, the London Symphony Orchestra blends clarity with flawless technique. Upheld to the highest standards, Previn delivered a masterful interpretation of this historic work complemented by the orchestra’s relentless commitment.

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Andre Previn – Previn With Voices (1966/2016) [Official Digital Download 24bit/192kHz]

Andre Previn – Previn With Voices (1966/2016)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/192 kHz | Time – 35:14 minutes | 1,32 GB | Genre: Pop
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download – Source: HDTracks | Front Cover | ©  RCA Records
Recorded: RCA Victor’s Music Center Of The World, Hollywood

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Andre Previn – Kiss Me Goodbye (2017) [Official Digital Download 24bit/44,1kHz]

Andre Previn – Kiss Me Goodbye (2017)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/44,1 kHz  | Time – 01:12:35 minutes | 406 MB | Genre: Jazz
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download – Source: Qobuz | Front Cover | © CTS Digital

Successful as pianist, composer, and especially as conductor, André Previn has frequently bridged the gap between popular and so-called “serious” music, and in doing so broadened the horizons of both. This compilation features the songs and score from the film “Elmer Gantry”.

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Andre Previn – All Alone (1967/2017) [Official Digital Download 24bit/192kHz]

Andre Previn – All Alone (1967/2017)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/192kHz | Time – 36:27 minutes | 1,28 GB | Genre: Pop, Rock
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download – Source: AcousticSounds | Front Cover | © RCA/Legacy

Prolific German jazz pianist André Previn may be best known as a conductor of symphony orchestras and as a film soundtrack composer, but he’s a well-established jazz pianist as well. Previn’s style is melodious and easygoing (influenced by piano masters Bud Powell and Oscar Peterson), but he can swing up a storm when he wants to. This a wonderful solo piano album from Andre Previn from 1967.

Just him. No one else. Beautiful music. You can’t ask for more than that. Andre at his solo best. If you like piano music then you must love Andre. He is one of the best. I wish someone would release this on cd though. It definitely needs to be. Pick it up. You won’t be disappointed.

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Andre Previn – Music Of The Young Hollywood Composers (1965/2015) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

Andre Previn – Music Of The Young Hollywood Composers (1965/2015)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 31:24 minutes | 645 MB | Genre: Pop, Rock
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download – Source: AcousticSounds | Front Cover | © RCA/Legacy

Successful as pianist, composer, and especially as conductor, André Previn has frequently bridged the gap between popular and so-called “serious” music, and in doing so broadened the horizons of both. Here’s the ever versatile Previn plays the music from the famous Hollywood movies!

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Vladimir Ashkenazy, André Previn – Rachmaninov: Piano Concertos, Rhapsody (2014) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

Vladimir Ashkenazy, André Previn – Rachmaninov: Piano Concertos, Rhapsody (2014)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Digital Booklet | 2.70 GB
Genre: Classical | Official Digital Download – Source: HDtracks | Label: Decca

The Rachmaninov Piano Concertos performed by Vladimir Ashkenazy and the London Symphony Orchestra, conducted by André Previn are among the most iconic recordings in the Decca Classics catalogue. For the first time in over 40 years, the recordings have been remastered in ultra-high quality 96kHz 24-bit audio at Abbey Road Studios.

A note on the remastering: To celebrate these iconic recordings, DECCA has gone back to the original tapes and used the latest techniques and extensive comparison with the first LP pressings, to make a definitive transfer. For the first time ever, all audio processing has been achieved in the 96kHz 24-bit domain.

Composer: Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer: Vladimir Ashkenazy
Conductor: André Previn
Orchestra/Ensemble: London Symphony Orchestra

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