LEO ORNSTEIN (1893-2002): Piano Music, Vol. 2 - Complete Waltzes, s400-16, Suite Russe, s58, A Morning in the Woods, s106.
Catalogue Number: 08P012
Label: Toccata Classics
Reference: TOCC 0167
Description: Lurking behind the generic title Waltzes is a sequence of 17 pieces, composed between 1958 and roughly 1980, which are a compendium of Ornstein's styles - from perfumed chromatic Scriabinisms to the pungent dissonances of the composer's early, radical piano works, to a lush, simply melodic late Romantic nostalgia (now and then, all in the same piece). This is an hour's worth of striking and original piano music and they are all World Premiere Recordings. As is the 1914 Suite Russe, which could have come from Rachmaninov or Mednter. A Morning (1971) evokes the Debussy of Le plus que lent in an invocation of the innocent pastoral delights of nature. Arsentiy Kharitonov (piano).