On Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Interpreters | the Directors

André Previn

André Previn

Previn is one of the most well-known and versatile musicians of our time. It is famous like the director of the principal bands of the world, like composer of prize-winning orchestral works, of camera, scenic and for the movies, like pianist of chamber music and of jazz, like prolific record artist or like producer of television programs. 45 years ago André Previn had already reached everything of what a musical whiz kid dreams in the United States. With four awards Oscar and nine nominations for his sound-tracks, Hollywood had filled with awards the pianist, composer and genius of the study.

The big ones of the jazz Ella Fitzgerald, Benny Goodman y Dizzie Gillespie were fighting for having it like accompanist and like the classic director in St. Louis rose to the podia most emphasized from the world. The magazine “Vanity Fair ” qualified Previn like “el more finished ‘crossover musician ’ of the XXth century ”, a species of the second Leonard Bernstein.

But not the whole world liked the miscellany between neoclassicism and music of entertainment of Previn. His works de facto were displeasing the American public who is present usually at the classic concerts.

The connection with this hearing it was achieved finally by the musician born in Berlin and American for election, thanks to his matrimonial and labor union with the sensual violinist Anne Sophie Mutter.

Previn married for fifth time in August, 2002 the artist and since then it composes to a great extent for her and presents before itself with her in the concerts. For the first time, Previn appears now also in the lists of more sold classical music.

André George Previn was born like Andreas Ludwig Priwin one April 6, 1929 in Berlin. His father was a French teacher of musician and the family, of Jewish religion, it emigrated in 1939 to the United States, when Previn had ten years.

Previn has an absolute ear. He studied music in California, became an acquaintance as pianist and began to do career in Hollywood thanks to a contact. He wrote and produced the music for 50 movies, but then it did a radical draft and it was named in 1968 at the head of the London Symphony Orchestra.

In 1970 his wedding generated many controversy with Mine Farrow, 16 younger than years he, with that it has three proper children and four adopted. In 1979 they separated and his adopted daughter Soon-Yi Previn, of Korean origin, married later the producer Woody Allen, who was a Farrow couple and for which a remembered scandal took place.

Previn is famous for his enormous energy and his excellent qualities to entertain on the stage and in television shows like those of the British broadcasting station BBC.

It is recognized after him nevertheless also to have been the first one in discovering and in appreciating in his correct measurement the symphonic works of Rachmaninov and Shostakovich. His interpretations of Ravel, Chaikovski, Elgar and Berlioz cost him numerous praises.

In San Francisco his first opera was released in 1998, based on the outstanding figure of Tennessee Williams “Un tramcar called desire ”. Together with Tom Stoppard rewarded by an Oscar by the script of “Shakespeare in Love ”, wrote the musical “Every Good Boy Deserves Favors ”, that treats about a patient of a Soviet mental hospital that the director of music believes.
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  • On February 17, 1653: Arcangelo Corelli, musician and Italian composer is born. Grosso contributed to the crystallization of the concerto. Author of numerous instrumental works (Concert of Christmas, The Follia, sonatas), father of the sonata for violin and inspirer of a group of composers of this instrument like Varacini, Germiniani and Viotti.

  • On February 13, 1883: Richard Wagner dies in Venice. Composer of German origin, renovator of the romantic opera. His inclination towards the music did not wake up up to knowing the works of Weber and Beethoven. After a life lax and invested in the game and the women, he married and traveled to Paris and then to Dresden, where his work was recognized. The transfer of his remains was comparable to the funeral procession of a big sovereign one.

  • On February 13, 1976: the soprano Lily Pons dies. A voice crystalline and extended towards the sharp one, joined a graceful figure and personal friendliness, they constitute the props of the formidable success of Lily Pons. An exceeded publicity helped to do of her almost a sacred monster of the singing; so much it was so in the decade of '40 went so far as to consider her to be the best singer of the world.

  • On February 12, 1924: there is released "Rhapsody In Blue" of George Gershwin. Gershwin managed to unite in this work three fundamental elements of the music of his country: the piano popular tradition, the harmonic treatment of the music of the theater of varieties and all the ambience of the African American blues.

  • On February 10, 1881: I release in Paris of "The Stories of Hoffmann" of Jacques Offenbach. The opera is an adaptation of Jules Barbier and Michel Carré of several stories of writer Ernst T.A. Hoffmann. The first one takes place with a mechanical doll, the second one with the victim of the conjuration of a magician, and the third one with a moribund sick person. The history begins with a prologue ambientado in a bar.


  • Daniel Barenboim
    "The director does not have physical contact with the music that his instrumentalists produce and at most he can correct the phrasing or the rhythm of the score but his gesture does not exist if it does not find a band that is receiving"

  • George Gershwin
    "It would give everything what I have as a little of the genius that Schubert needed to compose his Ave Maria"

  • Gustav Mahler
    "When the work turns out to be a success, when a problem has been solved, we forget the difficulties and the perturbations and feel richly rewarded"

  • Franz Schubert
    "When one is inspired by something good, the musician is born fluently, the melodies sprout; really this is a big satisfaction"

  • Bedrich Smetana
    "With the help and the God's grace, I will be a Mozart in the composition and a Liszt in the skill"


  • Manuel de Falla


  • Dammi i colori... Recondite harmony

    Mario del Monaco (Mario Cavaradossi)

  • Mon Coeur S'Ouvre A Ta Voix

    Maria Callas (Dalila)

  • Death of the angel

    Astor Piazzolla



Astor Piazzolla

Astor Piazzolla

Piazzolla represents one of the rarest cases in which an author is unrolled of extraordinary form so much in the world of the popular music, with his tangos of Buenos Aires, as in that of the refined or classic music. Called symphonic tango created a new genre renewing this way of decisive form the tango. If it is considered that the work of Piazzolla begins in 1946 with The desbande and concludes in 1990, with Him grand tango and with Five tango sensations, that the same year records with the quartet of ropes Kronos, it is deduced that it covers 46 years, space in which it produced not less than eight hundred works.


Carlos Gardel

Carlos Gardel

Carlos Gardel is perhaps the biggest myth of the Argentina. His artistic skill, his incomparable talent as singer of the suburbs of Buenos Aires, his musical instinct to compose some of the biggest tangos of all the times, his marvelous character, his fanaticism for the careers, have led him to being equalled perhaps only by another legend of the country of the south of the Silver: Eva Perón. Nevertheless, while all political activity can be worth of objections, comments and mistrust on the part of certain sectors of the population, the figure of Carlos Gardel is erected as universally for all the Argentinians and the followers of the tango across the world.

Paris, on February 16

Juan José Mosalini: the soul of the bandoneón beats in Paris

The music and the dance of the River Plate came to the margins of the Seine more than one century ago, seducing the French, but Juan José Mosalini lives through the tango now a real explosion in France, of the hand of some of his contemporary teachers, like the bandoneonista. In an interview with the AFP in Paris, before traveling to Argentina, where it will offer two concerts, and from which it will set off then in the direction of China, Mosalini evoked "passionate and unconditional" relation between Paris and the tango and between he and the bandoneón, which came to his hands when it was a chiquilín.

Granada, on February 16

International festival tango Granada dedicates his XXII edition to Carlos Gardel

75 anniversary of the death of the singer and tanguista Carlos Gardel will lead XXII edition of the International Festival of Tango of Granada, which also will organize several parallel activities between which there are holidays of trasnoche, tango in the university or an exhibition. Between the artists who will take part in three forms of the festival - dance, set of instruments and sung - there is Leo Sujatovich, Cristian Zárate and the Japanese couple of dance Kyoto and Hiros Yamao.


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