Benjamin Lees: Piano Music, 1947-2005

Catalogue No: TOCC0069
EAN/UPC: 5060113440693
Release Date: 2008-05-05
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

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

  1. :

    ‘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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    ‘Conti is a fine player and reinforces her advocacy of the music in the booklet-notes. […]

    The forthright and ample recorded sound fits the musical content well, and informed annotation is more extensive […] than most other labels dare to attempt.’

    —Arnold Withtall, Gramophone

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    ‘The 6 Ornamental Etudes (1957) contain a lot of what makes Lees such an original. A wonderful set. Argentinean-born Mirian Conti, an artist new to me, does a bang-up job. Her control of loud and soft is superb […] One can see why Lees wanted to write for her. One of my favorite CDs this year.’

    —Steve Schwartz, Classical Mailing List

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