Leon Fleisher: All the Things You Are
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2014 Grammy Nominee: Best Solo Instrumental Recording


Leon Fleisher–“the pianistic find of the century,” said Pierre Monteux–was born in San Francisco in 1928 and accepted into the studio of master pianist Artur Schnabel at age nine. Seven years later Fleisher made his New York Philharmonic debut, and in 1952, won the Queen Elisabeth competition, leading to a series of legendary recordings made with conductor George Szell and the Cleveland Orchestra. In 2014, Leon Fleisher, approaching his 86th birthday, completed the present recording, consisting largely of works for left hand, including one of the pianist's specialities—Bach's Chaconne, arranged for left hand by Brahms. The album also features works composed for Leon Fleisher by George Perle, Leon Kirchner, and Dina Koston as well as gorgeous renditions of favorites by George Gershwin and Jerome Kern. All the Things You Are is Leon Fleisher's first solo album in nearly a decade, and is a testament to the enduring musicianship of a great artist. 

 

Fleisher exceeds all expectations in this disc. He remains one of the greatest interpreters of music, as exemplified in this recording. His concept of phrasing by far surpasses many of his contemporaries and his influence on his students, has an endearing effect on each he has mentored. This CD is highly recommended!” - Contemporary Record Society

 



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The repertoire:

J.S. BachChaconne (arranged for left hand by Johannes Brahms as Etude No. 5 for Piano (1879)

Leon KirchnerL.H. (1995) for Piano Left Hand

George GershwinThe Man I Love (arranged for left hand by Earl Wild as Etude No. 3 (1954, rev. 1976)

George PerleMusical Offerings (1997/98) (In Celebration of Leon Fleisher at 70)

Federico MompouPrelude No. 6 for Piano Left Hand

Dina Koston: Thoughts of Evelyn (2000) for Piano

Jerome KernAll the Things You Are (arranged for Piano Left Hand by Stephen Prutsman)

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