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Rachmaninov: The Bells; Prokofiev / Andre Previn, London SO [DVD]

Album Summary

>Rachmaninov, Sergei : The Bells, choral symphony for soprano, tenor, baritone, chorus & orchestra, Op. 35
>Prokofiev, Sergei : Lieutenant Kije Suite, Op. 60
>Bernstein, Leonard : Candide
Performers Conductor Ensembles Composers

Notes & Reviews:

André Previn is often hailed as one of the world's most versatile musicians. The recipient of ten Grammy awards for his recordings, Previn has conducted many of the world's top orchestras, both in concert and studio performances. In this first DVD release of his performance of Rachmaninov's The Bells and Prokofiev's Lieutenant K ijé, discover this incredible jewel finally emerging from the depths of the BBC archives.

Fanfare
Previn adopts standard tempos and conducts with efficient gestures; his singers are attractive and effective. The late Robert Tear... was always an intelligent and musical performer, and John Shirley-Quirk's deep baritone is ideal for this music. The chorus is outstanding; the performance is sung in English...

Gramophone
The DVD of Previn's 1973 performance is an evocative piece of nostalgia, since I was there on that occasion, too. But it is much more than that. ... it has that palpable tingle of unfamiliar music being unveiled and given new, vibrant life. It is unlikely that Robert Tear, Sheila Armstrong or John Shirley-Quirk had been involved in The Bells many times before then. Their singing is of searing emotional intensity. The chorus sing with a passion. The LSO are on top form. Brian Large's visual direction is commendably unfussy... the DVD is worth it for The Bells alone.

Infodad.com
Rachmaninoff's The Bells... gets the combined excellence of vocal quality that it receives here. ... it is clearly a Rachmaninoff work, with its lush orchestration and recurrent Dies Irae motif, and Previn leads it with considerable gusto. Prokofiev's much less weighty Lieutenant Kijé Suite, recorded in 1977, gets an appropriately light treatment and is very nicely played, while Bernstein's Candide Overture... is its usual bright and brassy self in a performance from 1971.

Notes & Reviews:

Run Time: 62 min.
Region: All
Picture Format: NTSC, 4:3, B&W



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Works Details

>Rachmaninov, Sergei : The Bells, choral symphony for soprano, tenor, baritone, chorus & orchestra, Op. 35
  • Performers: Robert Tear (Tenor); John Shirley-Quirk (Bass); Sheila Armstrong (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Andre Previn
  • Ensemble: London Symphony Chorus
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1913

>Prokofiev, Sergei : Lieutenant Kijé Suite, Op. 60
  • Conductor: Andre Previn
  • Ensemble: London Symphony Orchestra
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1934

>Bernstein, Leonard : Candide :: Overture
  • Conductor: Andre Previn
  • Ensemble: London Symphony Orchestra
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1977