Piano Concerto No. 1
Joseph Bloch, piano
National Orchestra Association
conducted by John Barnett
also featuring Ernest Gold's Piano Concerto
Pierian Recording Society 0010
The Pierian Recording Society has released a new CD of the classic 1964 New York Premiere performance of Benjamin Lees' Piano Concerto No. 1, performed by pianist Joseph Bloch and the National Orchestral Association, John Barnett conducting. The disc also features Ernest Gold's Piano Concerto and is Pierian Recording Society catalog #0010.
The Society is a tax-exempt, non-profit corporation devoted to the preservation of historic performances and obscure repertoire. The recordings of the Society are distributed by Albany Music Distribution and are available at major stores and at http://www.amazon.com or http://www.towerrecords.com. UK distribution is through Priory Records.
Special thanks to our friends at the Aaron Copland Fund for Music for helping make this Pierian recording possible.
This joins a recent series of Lees releases on several labels, the most prominent of which is the Albany Music 2 CD set of the first integral recordings of the composer's masterful Symphonies No. 2, 3 and 5 ("Kalmar Nyckel"), performed by Staatsphilharmonic Rheinland-Pfalz, conducted by the composers longtime musical interpreter and close associate, Stephen Gunzenhauser, along with the Etudes for Piano and Orchestra, performed by pianist James Dick and the Texas Festival Orchestra, conducted by Robert Spano. The catalog number is Albany Records Troy 564-565 and you can find more about it and other Lees releases at the Albany site - http://www.albanyrecords.com/.
This also joins the acclaimed Naxos recording of the Symphony No. 4 "Memorial Candles", performed by mezzo Kimball Wheeler, violinist James Buswell and the National Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine, Theodore Kuchar conducting (Naxos 8.559002). You can find it at http://www.naxos.com/naxos/naxos_marco_polo.htm.
All of Benjamin Lees' music is published by Boosey & Hawkes and is available for performance by American orchestras and soloists. You can obtain perusal scores of these superb works from B & H at 212-358-5300.