CD Spotlight. A Very Joyous Disc - Brahms arranged by Kenneth Woods impresses Alice McVeigh. '... this is an excellent performance representing a useful, joyful and even inspired addition to the orchestral repertoire.'
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Previn's family left Berlin for Paris in 1938, and then moved to Los Angeles after a year or so. He became a US citizen in 1943. Whilst still at high school in 1946 he began arranging Hollywood film scores for MGM. During his military service in San Francisco (1951-52), he studied conducting privately with Pierre Monteux.
He continued to work for MGM until the 1960s, and in 1967 he succeeded John Barbirolli as music director of the Houston Symphony Orchestra, and from 1968 until 1979 was principal conductor of the London Symphony Orchestra. From 1976 until 1984 he was music director of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, from 1985 until 1988 he was principal conductor of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and from 1985 until 1989 music director of the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra.
He also worked in television, most notoriously appearing as 'Mr Preview' on the Morecombe and Wise show in the UK in 1971.
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