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Friday, February 10, 2017

Like Love - Andre Previn

Falling In Love Again
Like Love
Andre Previn
His Piano and Orchestra
Columbia CL 1437

At least some tracks from this set are available from online vendors, but scattered across a number of compilations.

From the back cover: Born in Germany in 1929, Andre Previn began his musical training in Europe and continued in the United States after his arrival in 1939, numbering Castelnuovo-Tedeco among his teachers. Apart from two years in the Army, he has been writing film scores since 1949, and has been nominated three times for an Academy Award, winning the Award in 1959 for his musical scoring of Gigi. "Like Love" presents Andre Previn in his debut on Columbia Records, as pianist, conductor, arranger and composer and displays his amazing inventiveness in all four roles. That it also provides endlessly delightful listening need no emphasis at all; such rewards are understood when the pianist is like Previn.

From Billboard - May 30, 1960: Previn, who left his former label soon after a pop single hit, "Like Young," bows on Columbia with a selection of tunes about love. The title tune has much the construction of "Like Young," with the piano setting up an interesting figure with strings moving in for the melodic content. The other numbers, like "Falling In Love Again," "In Love In Vain," etc., similarly feature Previn's unique style, abetted by banks of strings in the big oak backing. A lot of nice programming fare here and the set can find a solid demand.

Like Love
When I Fall In Love
I Wish I Were In Love Again
Falling In Love Again
In Love In Vain
Nothin' To Do With Love
Love Is Here To Stay
Love Me Or Leave Me
Looking For Love
At Love Last Love
Like Someone In Love
I Love A Piano

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