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André Previn

Publisher: G. Schirmer

Concerto for Harp and Orchestra (2007)
G Schirmer Inc
Soloist(s) and Orchestra
Sub Category
Large Orchestra
Year Composed
15 Minutes
Solo Instrument(s)
Programme Note
André Previn Concerto for Harp and Orchestra (2007)
7 March 2008
Gretchen van Hoesen, harp
Pittsburgh Symphony/André Previn
Pittsburgh, PA

  • 14 MAY 2009
    Cologne, Germany
    Wiener Philharmoniker
    Xavier de Maistre; Daniele Gatti, conductor

    Other Dates:
    15 May - Amsterdam, Netherlands
    17,18 May - Vienna, Austria
  • 28 MAR 2009
    Worms, Germany
    Deutsche Staatsphilharmonie Rheinland Pfalz
    Xavier de Maistre; George Pehlivanian, conductor

    Other Dates:
    29 March - Mainz, Germany
    30 March - Mannheim, Germany
  • 07 MAR 2008
    Pittsburgh, PA
    Pittsburgh Symphony
    Gretchen van Hoesen, harp; André Previn, conductor

    Other Dates:
    8,9 March - Pittsburgh, PA

It was a delight to encounter — an enjoyable piece of music and not merely a display piece. The composer said in an interview that Van Hoesen and the harpist of the Vienna Philharmonic asked for more virtuoso material after he showed them the score. Both the request and the way Previn fulfilled it do him honor. The brevity of the opening orchestral statement lets the solo take the auditory spotlight right away. But Previn's wisdom as a composer led him to write a piece in which the harp often functions in almost chamber music style with other orchestral instruments, while at other times it has far more elaborate music to play. The piece is full of personality, often of gentle, even pastoral nature. The extra cadenza Previn wrote comes in shortly after the start of the third movement. It is a substantial and winning addition that gives the harp space to advance musical ideas before the wit of the finale breaks in.
Mark Kanny, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review,08/03/2008
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