Tom Stoppard, André Previn, The London Symphony Orchestra - Every Good Boy Deserves Favour "A Play For Actors And Orchestra" Mp3
- Performer: Tom Stoppard, André Previn, The London Symphony Orchestra
- Album: Every Good Boy Deserves Favour "A Play For Actors And Orchestra"
- Label: RCA Red Seal
- Catalog #: BL 12855
- MP3: 1289 mb | FLAC: 2129 mb
- Released: 1978
- Country: UK
- Style: Neo-Classical, Political, Spoken Word
- Rating: 4.8/5
- Votes: 167
- Category: Sounds & Audiobooks / Classical
|1||Every Good Boy Deserves Favour "A Play For Actors And Orchestra" (Part 1)|
|2||Every Good Boy Deserves Favour "A Play For Actors And Orchestra" (Conclusion)|
|ABL1-2855||Previn, London Symphony Orchestra|| Previn, London Symphony Orchestra - Every Good Boy Deserves Favour. "A Play For Actors And Orchestra" (LP, Album, Promo)||RCA Red Seal||ABL1-2855||US||1978|
|ABL1-2855||Tom Stoppard and André Previn, London Symphony Orchestra|| Tom Stoppard and André Previn, London Symphony Orchestra - Every Good Boy Deserves Favour "A Play For Actors And Orchestra" (LP, Album)||RCA Red Seal||ABL1-2855||US||1978|
- Composed By – André Previn
- Conductor – André Previn
- Directed By – Trevor Nunn
- Photography By – Mia Farrow
- Producer – Charles Gerhardt
- Voice Actor – Andrew Sheldon, Elizabeth Spriggs, Ian McKellen, Ian Richardson , Patrick Stewart, Philip Locke
- Written By – Tom Stoppard
Every Good Boy Deserves Favour was first performed at the Royal Festival Hall London on 1 July 1977, at the opening concert of the John Player Centenary Festival.
Cast in order of speaking:
Ivanov: Ian Richardson
Alexander: Ian McKellen
Teacher: Elizabeth Spriggs
Sasha: Andrew Sheldon
Doctor: Patrick Stewart
Colonel: Philip Locke
From the notes by Andre Previn:
The principal thing to remember about this piece is its subtitle "A Play For Actors And Orchestra." That emphasis is quite correct. It is a play with music and not a symphonic work with words.
From the notes by Tom Stoppard:
My qualifications for writing about an orchestra amounted to a spell as a triangle player in a kindergarten percussion band. I informed my collaborator that the play would be about a millionaire triangle player with his own orchestra.
This basic implausibility bred others and at the point where the whimsical edifice was about to collapse I tried to save it by making the orchestra a mere delusion of the millionaire's brain. Once the orchestra became an imaginary orchestra there was no need for the millionaire to be a millionaire either. I changed tack: the play would be about a lunatic triangle player who thought he had an orchestra.
...This is where matters stood when in April 1976 I met Victor Fainberg... I knew that Mr. Fainberg had been one of a group of people arrested in Red Square in August 1968 during a peaceful demonstration against the Warsaw Pact invasion of Czechoslovakia. He had been pronounced insane - a not unusual fate for perfectly sane opponents of Soviet tyranny - and in 1974 had emerged into exile from five years in the Soviet prison-hospital system.
...Mr. Fainberg's single-mindedness, his energy (drawing more on anger than on pity) and his willingness to make a nuisance of himself... prompted the thought that his captors must have been quite pleased to get rid of him. He was not a man to be broken or silenced; an insistent, discordant note, one might say, in an orchestrated society,
I don't recall that I consciously made the metaphor but very soon I was able to tell Mr. Previn, definitively, that the lunatic triangle player who thought he had an orchestra was now sharing a cell with a political prisoner. I had something to write about and in a few weeks the play was finished.
- Matrix / Runout (Side 1): BL-12855-A-1E
- Matrix / Runout (Side 2): BL-12855-B-1E
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