This program of works by American composer/piano virtuoso Lukas Foss begins with his jazzy Scherzo Ricercato of 1954 and continues with the neoclassical Passacaglia (1940), Four Two-Part Inventions (1938), and Fantasy Rondo (1944). Grotesque Dance was written when he was just 16. (Foss was the youngest composer ever to receive a Guggenheim fellowship, and he went on to receive the Rome Prize and a Fulbright scholarship.) Next are the minimalist tour de force Solo (1981) and For Lenny (1987), a witty variation on "New York" from Leonard Bernstein's On the Town.
"[Scott] Dunn clearly loves this music and plays it with enthusiasm, style, and cultivated musicality."—American Record Guide
"Anyone who feels at home in the musical worlds of Barber and Copland will find this highly congenial…. Highly recommended."—Penguin Guide