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Lee: Caprices On The Name Schönberg, Etc / Lee, Et Al

Release Date: 08/18/1998 
Label:  Composers Recordings, Inc. (Cri)   Catalog #: 798   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Noel Lee
Performer:  Noel LeeAndrás AdorjánOle Böhn
Conductor:  Jean-Pierre Marty
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Nouvel Orchestre PhilharmoniqueL'Orchestre Philharmonique
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 7 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

This disc contains both DDD and ADD recordings.
Record collectors know Noel Lee as the pianist whose recordings appeared on the emergent Nonesuch label in the 1960s, but he has also had a distinguished career as a composer. Born in 1924, Lee has impeccable credentials, from studies with Walter Piston at Harvard to the obligatory pilgrimage to Paris and Nadia Boulanger. Boulanger's teaching stressed the neo-classical ideal of clarity, and that is reflected in Lee's music, along with the serial organization that prevailed in the fifties when he found his voice.
Aaron Copland said Lee was defined by "cool intensity." and this disc shows it. Coolness can be felt as an attitude in the "Caprices on the name Schoenberg," a piano concerto
Read more in which the protagonist lurks around the shadowy edges of an orchestral film noir, and it is tangible in the spare, metallic textures heard there and in "Convergences," a jagged, jangling duo for flute and harpsichord. The intensity reaches its peak in the "Dialogues" for violin and piano in which a winding, four-note motive is subjected to hundreds of permutations. This is not music which fades into the background gladly, but it will reward attentive listening. Read less

Works on This Recording

Caprices on the name Schoenberg by Noel Lee
Performer:  Noel Lee (Piano)
Conductor:  Jean-Pierre Marty
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Nouvel Orchestre Philharmonique,  L'Orchestre Philharmonique
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1975 
Date of Recording: 11/23/1976 
Venue:  Live  French Radio House, Paris, France 
Convergences by Noel Lee
Performer:  Noel Lee (Harpsichord), András Adorján (Flute)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1972 
Dialogues for Violin and Piano by Noel Lee
Performer:  Noel Lee (Piano), Ole Böhn (Violin)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1958 
Preludes Prolonged (5) by Noel Lee
Performer:  Noel Lee (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1992 
Date of Recording: 05/1994 
Venue:  Paris, France 

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