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The kindness of strangers : the world of André Previn

Author: Tony PalmerMike BluettMichela AntonelloAndré PrevinTennessee WilliamsAll authors
Publisher: [United Kingdom] : Voiceprint, ©2009.
Edition/Format:   DVD video : NTSC color broadcast system : EnglishView all editions and formats
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This documentary, filmed around the world, follows Previn's life from Berlin refugee to multi-Oscar-winning film score composer, renowned jazz pianist and chief conductor of both the London Symphony and the Los Angeles Philharmonic orchestras. The documentary features preparations, rehearsals and first performances of the opera A streetcar named desire in San Francisco Opera production.
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Genre/Form: Documentary films
Nonfiction films
Biographical films
Concert films
Feature films
Biography
Named Person: André Previn; André Previn; André Previn
Material Type: Videorecording
Document Type: Visual material
All Authors / Contributors: Tony Palmer; Mike Bluett; Michela Antonello; André Previn; Tennessee Williams; Kiri Te Kanawa; David Finck; Natalie Cole; Renée Fleming; Rodney Gilfry; Colin Graham; Lotfi Mansouri; Philip Littell; Seán Cullen; Deborah Sussell; Larry Klein; Jennifer Green; Erich Wolfgang Korngold; Johannes Brahms; Ray Brown Trio.; Emerson String Quartet.; WDR Sinfonieorchester Köln.; NHK Kōkyō Gakudan.; San Francisco Opera. Orchestra.; San Francisco Opera.; Isolde Films Ltd.; Voiceprint Records.
OCLC Number: 489292836
Language Note: Opera excerpts sung in English and German; dialog in English and German with English subtitles.
Notes: Booklet (4 p. : ill.) with Tony Palmer's Introduction inserted in the container.
"The original DVD release was buried ... so, on the occasion of Previn's 80th birthday, here is the newly re-mastered original film."--P. 3 of booklet.
Credits: Photographed by Nic Knowland ... [et al.].
Performer(s): Dialog: André Previn, Natalie Cole, Tennessee Williams (archival interviews), cast and crew of the opera A streetcar named desire: Renée Fleming (Blanche Du Bois); Rodney Gilfry (Stanley Kowalski); Lotfi Mansouri (San Francisco Opera, general director), Philip Littell (librettist); Colin Graham (director); Michael Yeargan (designer); Sean Cullen (technical assistant); Deborah Sussell (dialect coach); Larry Klein (assistant technical director); Gennifer Green (costume supervisor); sung: Kiri Te Kanawa (Marietta); Renée Fleming (Blanche Du Bois); Rodney Gilfry (Stanley Kowalski); performed: André Previn (piano); David Finck (bass); the Emerson Quartet; the Ray Brown Trio; NHK Symphony Orchestra, WDR Symphony Orchestra, the San Francisco Opera Orchestra, André Previn, conductor.
David Finck played Gershwin Variations ; Kiri Te Kanawa sang Marietta's aria from Die Tote Stadt by Erich Korngold with the NHK Symphony Orchestra ; Ray Brown and Grady Tate played from the Blue Note Club ; the WDR Symphony Orchestra played from The Mother Goose Suite by Maurice Ravel ; the Emerson Quartet played from Piano Quintet op. 34 by Johannes Brahms ; A Streetcar Named Desire directed by Colin Graham ; cast: Renee Fleming, Elizabeth Futral, Rodney Gilfry, Anthony Dean Griffey; comissioned by San Francisco Opera ; general director, Lotfi Mansouri.
Event notes: Filmed live from the 1998 rehearsals of the opera A streetcar named desire in San Francisco Opera production; from rehearsals and the concert with the Emerson Quartet in Germany, 1998 and from the concert with Kiri Te Kanawa in Japan, 1997.
Description: 1 videodisc (118 min.) : sd., col. with b&w sequences ; 4 3/4 in.
Details: DVD, NTSC, all regions; aspect ratio 16:9 picture format.
Other Titles: Tony Palmer's film about André Previn
World of André Previn
André Previn
Responsibility: directed by Tony Palmer ; produced by Mike Bluett & Michela Antonello.

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This documentary, filmed around the world, follows Previn's life from Berlin refugee to multi-Oscar-winning film score composer, renowned jazz pianist and chief conductor of both the London Symphony and the Los Angeles Philharmonic orchestras. The documentary features preparations, rehearsals and first performances of the opera A streetcar named desire in San Francisco Opera production.

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