Chamber music by candlelight
Ralph Vaughan Williams’ works include operas, ballets, chamber music, secular and religious vocal pieces, and orchestral compositions, including nine symphonies written over nearly 50 years. Born into a well-to-do family with strong moral views and a progressive social outlook, he believed in making music as available as possible to everybody, writing many works for amateur and student performers. Musically, he developed comparatively late, not finding his true voice until his late thirties.
André Previn is a German-American pianist, conductor, and composer. In 1939, his family left Nazi Germany and moved to Los Angeles, where his great uncle was music director of Universal Studios. André became a naturalized citizen of the U.S. in 1943 and graduated from Beverly Hills High School in 1946. He first came to prominence in 1948 by arranging and composing Hollywood film scores. He is the winner of four Academy Awards for his film work, and ten Grammy Awards for his recordings, including one for Lifetime Achievement.