Benjamin Lees: Symphonies
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One of America's most important composers of his generation.

Benjamin Lees spent his early years in San Francisco, moving to Los Angeles with his family in 1939. He attended the University of Southern California after military service in World War II and later began four years of intensive private study with George Antheil. Following a Fromm Foundation Award in 1953 and his first Guggenheim Fellowship in 1954, the composer and his wife left for Europe where they remained for seven years. Lees returned to the U.S. in 1962, joining the faculty of the Peabody Conservatory as the W. Alton Jones Professor of Composition. He also taught composition at Queens College, the Manhattan School of Music, and the Juilliard School. His Symphony No. 2 was given its world premiere on December 3, 1958 by the Louisville Orchestra, Robert Whitney conducting. Sixten Ehrling conducted the world premiere of the Third Symphony on January 16, 1969. Both these symphonies appeared in the original Louisville Orchestra subscription series of recordings. They receive here their first modern digital recordings. The premiere of the Symphony No. 5 took place on March 29, 1998 with the Delaware Symphony Orchestra conducted by Stephen Gunzenhauser. The Etudes for Piano and Orchestra were first performed by the Houston Symphony Orchestra with Lawrence Foster conducting. They are dedicated to the pianist who performs them here, James Dick.
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Benjamin Lees, composer
Symphony No. 2
Staatsphilharmonic Rheinland-Pfalz, Stephen Gunzenhauser, conductor

Benjamin Lees, composer
Symphony No. 3
Staatsphilharmonic Rheinland-Pfalz, Stephen Gunzenhauser, conductor

Benjamin Lees, composer
Symphony No. 5 - Kalmar Nyckel
Staatsphilharmonic Rheinland-Pfalz, Stephen Gunzenhauser, conductor

Benjamin Lees, composer
Etudes for Piano and Orchestra
Texas Festival Orchestra, James Dick, piano, Robert Spano, conductor

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