Lees: Piano Music
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Benjamin Lees: Piano Music, 1947–2005

Catalogue Number: TOCC0069
EAN: 5060113440693
Release Date: 5 May 2008
Duration: 71:38

Toccata
Six Ornamental Etudes
Three Preludes
Sonata Breve
Odyssey Nos 1–3

Mirian Conti, piano

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.

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Track No. Track Title / Details Duration Sample Add to Cart
DOWNLOAD COMPLETE ALBUM 71:38
1 Toccata (1947)

Benjamin Lees, composer
Mirian Conti, piano

(first recording)
2:16 play
2-7 Six Ornamental Etudes (1957)

Benjamin Lees, composer
Mirian Conti, piano

(first recording)
16:19
2 No. 1 2:48 play
3 No. 2 3:34 play
4 No. 3 2:33 play
5 No. 4 2:08 play
6 No. 5 3:15 play
7 No. 6 2:01 play
8-10 Three Preludes (1962)

Benjamin Lees, composer
Mirian Conti, piano

(first recording)
9:27
8 No. 1 3:38 play
9 No. 2 3:29 play
10 No. 3 2:20 play
11 Sonata Breve (1956)

Benjamin Lees, composer
Mirian Conti, piano

(first recording)
12:57 play
12-14 Odyssey Nos 1–3 (1971, 1986, 2005)

Benjamin Lees, composer
Mirian Conti, piano

(first recording)
30:39
12 No. 1 10:14 play
13 No. 2 11:04 play
14 No. 3 9:21 play

Artists

Benjamin Lees

Benjamin Lees, composer
[credit: Nik Kleinbera]

Mirian Conti

Mirian Conti, piano

Reviews

torrential power […;] Lees engages a dark and fantastic imagination

Rob Barnett MusicWeb International June 2008

...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 All Music

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