Lukas Foss (1922-2009) – composer, conductor, pianist, and a predecessor of JoAnn Falletta in Buffalo – gets his deserved due with this revealing release. Ode (1944/58) is multifaceted, brimming with powerful incident, and with a kinship to William Schuman. Renaissance Concerto (1985), flute and orchestra, is folksy and attractive as well as enjoyably off-kilter at times, of well-styled pastiche (the scoring includes a harpsichord) that is colourful and tangy, occasionally nodding to Aaron Copland, and for which Amy Porter’s mercurial playing is golden-toned. Three American Pieces (1945/89), violin and orchestra, finds Nikki Chooi in fine and sympathetic form, especially when the music issues a lyrical embrace. The four-movement Symphony No.1, in G-major (1944), is quite a find, including an emotionally intense Adagio, ebullient Scherzo, and a racy, optimistic Finale. These performances cannot be faulted, and the recorded sound is excellent. Naxos 8.559938.