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
Six Ornamental Etudes (1957) https://d3i77y9w5vf4up.cloudfront.net/TOCC0069/TOCC0069-02.mp3
Three Preludes (1962) https://d3i77y9w5vf4up.cloudfront.net/TOCC0069/TOCC0069-08.mp3
Odyssey Nos 1–3 (1971, 1986, 2005) https://d3i77y9w5vf4up.cloudfront.net/TOCC0069/TOCC0069-12.mp3
Catalogue No: TOCC0069EAN/UPC: 5060113440693Release Date: 05.05.2008Composer: Benjamin Lees Artists: Mirian Conti
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Rob Barnett :
“torrential power … Lees engages a dark and fantastic imagination” —Rob Barnett, MusicWeb International
Uncle Dave Lewis :
“…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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