Lukas Foss: Complete works for Solo Piano

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All Music Guide - Blair Sanderson
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Blair Sanderson
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: 2/22/2005
  • Label: Naxos American
  • UPC: 636943917923
  • Catalog Number: 8559179
  • Sales rank: 191,335

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Scherzo Ricercato, for solo piano - Lukas Foss & Scott Dunn (6:20)
  2. 2 Passacaglia, for solo piano - Lukas Foss & Scott Dunn (6:17)
  3. 3 Grotesque Dance, for solo piano - Lukas Foss & Scott Dunn (4:30)
  4. 4 Prelude in D - Lukas Foss & Scott Dunn (3:20)
  5. 5 Fantasy Rondo for piano - Lukas Foss & Scott Dunn (9:26)
  6. 6–9 Four Two-Part Inventions, for solo piano - Lukas Foss & Scott Dunn (9:00)
  7. 7 For Lenny, Variation on 'New York, New York', for solo piano - Lukas Foss & Scott Dunn (2:30)
  8. 8 Solo for piano - Lukas Foss & Scott Dunn (13:12)
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Scott Dunn Primary Artist
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