Lukas Foss: Complete works for Solo Piano

Lukas Foss: Complete works for Solo Piano

by Scott Dunn
     
 

In a sense, Lukas Foss may be regarded as a mirror of twentieth century music, since his works seem more influenced by other composers and trends than influential in their own right. Whether experimenting with neo-Classicism, as in his "Two-Part Inventions (4)" (1938), the "Passacaglia" (1940), the "Prelude in D" (1951), and the "Scherzo Ricercato" (1954), or dabbling… See more details below

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In a sense, Lukas Foss may be regarded as a mirror of twentieth century music, since his works seem more influenced by other composers and trends than influential in their own right. Whether experimenting with neo-Classicism, as in his "Two-Part Inventions (4)" (1938), the "Passacaglia" (1940), the "Prelude in D" (1951), and the "Scherzo Ricercato" (1954), or dabbling with popular song in his "Grotesque Dance" (1938) and the "Fantasy Rondo" (1944), Foss toys with styles and mannerisms with an amused detachment. Ever mindful of his craft but reticent in expression and apparently unconcerned with originality, Foss seems to approach composition with a utilitarian attitude, and his results are quite similar to Hindemith's Gebrauchsmusik. Even in such late works as the stylistically varied "Solo" (1981) and the witty "For Lenny, Variations on New York, New York" (1987), Foss seems a distant observer, and writes what is effective without revealing much of his own personality. Pianist Scott Dunn plays these works with a crisp touch and a disciplined control of line, but at no point does he express more than Foss indicates. So this CD may be intellectually stimulating, or of some biographical interest, but there is little pleasurable music here. Naxos provides its usual fine sound quality.

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Product Details

Release Date:
02/22/2005
Label:
Naxos American
UPC:
0636943917923
catalogNumber:
8559179
Rank:
223360

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Tracks

  1. Scherzo Ricercato, for solo piano  - Lukas Foss  - Scott Dunn
  2. Passacaglia, for solo piano  - Lukas Foss  - Scott Dunn
  3. Grotesque Dance, for solo piano  - Lukas Foss  - Scott Dunn
  4. Prelude in D  - Lukas Foss  - Scott Dunn
  5. Fantasy Rondo for piano  - Lukas Foss  - Scott Dunn
  6. Four Two-Part Inventions, for solo piano  - Lukas Foss  - Scott Dunn
  7. For Lenny, Variation on 'New York, New York', for solo piano  - Lukas Foss  - Scott Dunn
  8. Solo for piano  - Lukas Foss  - Scott Dunn

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Performance Credits

Scott Dunn   Primary Artist

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