Members of the Pittsburgh audience at yesterday’s world premiere of Andre Previn’s triple concerto have told us us that the composer needed to be helped on stage and conducted the concert from an armchair.
It is no secret that Previn, 83, has looked increasingly frail in the past year. It is also no secret that he has turned fractious. On Friday, he blew out public radio host, Paul Guggenheimer, calling his questions ‘ridiculous’. Andre sounded bored, self-repetitive, rambling and unfocussed on air. As the interview progressed, he sounded plain offensive.
The interviewer does his best, gentling him along, but Previn sounds as if he couldn’t be bothered. ‘You ask questions that you wouldn’t ask a sick dog,’ he exclaims at one point. You can hear the interview here.
Maybe Andre should think of taking it a bit easier in future.