Benjamin Lees: Piano Music, 1947-2005


Catalogue No: TOCC0069
EAN/UPC: 5060113440693
Release Date: 05.05.2008
Composer: Benjamin Lees
Artists: Mirian Conti

Benjamin Lees (1924–2010) was one of the senior figures in American music, with a large catalogue of powerful and inventive music to his credit. The works on this CD span almost sixty years of compositional activity but are unified by a number of consistent stylistic features: a wiry and muscular athleticism with its distant roots in Prokofiev and Bartók, a quasi-Impressionist awareness of piano sonority, a tough, no-nonsense sense of humour and an exhilarating onward drive.

Mirian Conti, piano

2 reviews for Benjamin Lees: Piano Music, 1947-2005

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    “torrential power … Lees engages a dark and fantastic imagination” —Rob Barnett, MusicWeb International

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    “…for those with an interest in this area, Toccata Classics’ Benjamin Lees: Piano Music 1947-2005 will prove essential. Conti’s performance is dedicated and authoritative, and Toccata Classics’ recording is stunningly realistic.” —Uncle Dave Lewis, AllMusic

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