Mozart Piano ConcertosSony Masterworks
A fixture on the American music scene for more than six decades, pianist Leon Fleisher releases Mozart's Piano Concertos No. 12 in A Major, K. 414; No. 7 in F Major for two pianos, K. 242; and No. 23 in A Major, K. 488. Fleisher plays alongside the Kammerorchester Stuttgart, a distinguished ensemble that has made something of a specialty of the Viennese Classicists, and is joined by wife Katherine Jacobson-Fleisher, in Piano Concerto No. 7 for two pianos.
Praised in his early career for his poetic yet vigorous performances of works by the Viennese masters, this is Fleisher's first two-hand concerto recording in over 40 years. The pianist naturally devoted his new disc of two-hand concertos to the music of Mozart, following his miraculous recovery from a neurological impairment of his right hand.
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SF Performances celebrates Leon Fleisher at 90 featuring; Jonathan Biss / San Francisco Classical Voice
As life expectancy has gotten longer, many artists have continued to play concerts well into their golden years. Legendary pianist Vladimir Horowitz performed well into his 80s, and many of the top leading pianists today such as Martha Argerich are well into their 70s. In recent years, notable pianists such as Meneham Pressler (born in 1923, now 95) Gary Graffman (b.1928) celebrated their 90th birthdays ...
The healing power of Bach. Leon Fleisher performs the chaconne for left hand / WCRB
This week on The Bach Hour, pianist Leon Fleisher plays; Contrapunctus I, from The Art of the Fugue - Emerson String Quartet Cantata BWV 33 Allein zu dir, Herr Jesu Christ (translation) - Franziska Gottwald, alto; Paul Agnew, tenor; Klaus Mertens, bass; Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra and Choir, Ton Koopman, conductor Allein zu dir, Herr Jesu Christ, BWV 1100 - Hans Fagius, organ (1728 Cahman ins...
Marlboro Music Festival closes 68th season / Rutland Herald
"Plus ça change, plus c'est la même chose," usually translated as "the more things change, the more they stay the same," commonly attributed to Voltaire, was actually penned by French critic, journalist and novelist Jean-Baptiste Alphonse Karr (1808-1890). The famous maxim applies perfectly to Marlboro Music Festival, which closed its 68th season last weekend. Despite just announcing its fif...
At 90, San Francisco piano great Leon Fleisher continues to inspire / KQED
In a recent conversation with the Russian pianist Nikolai Demidenko, the subject turned to Brahms's Piano Concerto No. 1 in D Minor, a work recorded by virtually every pianist of renown, dead or alive. I raved about the electrifying recordings of William Kapell and Dimitri Mitropoulos, Vladimir Horowitz and Arturo Toscanini. Demidenko dismissed them all. "The benchmark for me is [Leon] Fleisher's recordi...
Lake Champlain Festival brings out the big guns for opener / Rutland Herald
Lake Champlain Chamber Music Festival brought out the big guns to open its ninth summer season. Legendary pianist Leon Fleisher and Vermont's own violinist Jaime Laredo and cellist Sharon Robinson were featured in Sunday afternoon's pretty spectacular opening concert at the Elley- Long Music Center. Laredo led the major work - and major success - of the program: Johannes Brahms' String Se...
Charleston Symphony marks 80th year with Leon Fleisher / ABC News 4
The Charleston Symphony Orchestra is marking its 80th year as a performing arts organization with a performance that includes renowned pianist Leon Fleisher. The orchestra announced this week the performance with the Kennedy Center Honors recipient and Grammy nominee will be part of a 1930s-themed gala in September, which is the beginning of the orchestra's new season. The Sept. 10 event at Charlesto...
Leon Fleisher's inspiring left-hand Prokofiev concerto #4 with CSO / Cincinnati.com
Imagine being a concert pianist – and suddenly losing the ability to use your right hand. In his mid-30s, that is what happened to pianist Leon Fleisher, who was stricken with a neurological disorder called focal dystonia. Now 87, Fleisher has become one of the world's most revered virtuosos of repertoire for the left hand. How inspiring it was, then, to hear Fleisher perform Prokofiev'...
Leon Fleisher - Overcoming odds / Cincinnati.com Q&A
It is one of the most inspiring stories in music. Pianist Leon Fleisher was enjoying a flourishing concert and recording career in the mid-1960s, when he cut his right thumb, requiring stitches. Shortly after that, the fourth and fifth fingers on that hand began to curl into his palm, making it impossible to play. Suddenly, at age 36, it appeared as if his career was over. But he didn't...
Leon Fleisher brings energy, clarity to Prokofiev / Washington Post
In its centennial year, the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra does color about as well as any orchestra around, and conductor Marin Alsop's programming plays to its strengths. Certainly the Rachmaninoff and Prokofiev, led by Alan Shulman's flashy "A Laurentian Overture" (dedicated to Tallulah Bankhead), that comprised the Sunday program at Strathmore gave the orchestra a lot of chance to strut its stuff. ...
Leon & Katherine Fleisher open PA's Gretna Music season / WITF Radio interview
From the age of four, Leon Fleisher knew that he wanted to be a concert pianist. A musical prodigy, he was the youngest student to be accepted to study with the legendary pianist and teacher Artur Schnabel. He made his Carnegie Hall debut at the age of 16. In the 1950's he was a rising star, and made acclaimed recordings with the Cleveland Orchestra under George Szell. But at the age of 36,...
Leon Fleisher / Examiner.com interview
Leon Fleisher recently spoke with Examiner.com about many topics, including Artur Schnabel, young musicians' weaknesses, and his focal dystonia. Fleischer studied with Schnabel starting at the age of 9 and learned to authentically interpret classical repertoire by dilligently following composers' original text and instructions. Now, he finds that many young musicians have attained a high level of...
5 Questions to Leon Fleisher
Bridge Records released All the Things You Are, Leon Fleisher's first solo album in nearly a decade. Consisting largely of works for left hand, the album also features works composed for Leon Fleisher by George Perle, Leon Kirchner, and Dina Koston as well as renditions of favorites by George Gershwin and Jerome Kern. Here are 5 Questions to Pianist and Conductor - Leon Fleisher.
Leon Fleisher gives The Washington Post a peek into his Peabody Conservatory studio
You get to Leon Fleisher's studio on the top floor of the Peabody Institute in an elevator big enough to transport bulky musical instruments, and the doors open onto a south-facing window overlooking a skyscape of copper roofs toward Baltimore's Inner Harbor. That view isn't visible from the legendary pianist and conductor's rectangular studio, with its three small windows ("You can't have everything...
Leon Fleisher: A Life Lived Large / Free Times interview
Like the Biblical figure Job, the classical pianist Leon Fleisher had it all, lost it, and got it back. For his first few decades, Fleisher - who will be teaching master classes and lecturing throughout next week at the 2014 Southeastern Piano Festival - led a charmed life. Born in 1928, he was a child prodigy whose life became a series of professional peaks. He gave his first recital...
Leon Fleisher plays Galveston's Grand 1894 Opera House on Sunday February 2
As recipient of a 2007 Kennedy Center Honor (one of only four classical pianists so honored), Leon Fleisher was heralded as "a moving testament to the life-affirming power of art." A child prodigy who rose early to the ranks of esteemed performer and recording artist, Fleisher's most astonishing achievements occurred in the aftermath of a debilitating neurological affliction at age 36 that immobilized hi...
Leon Fleisher joins Lincoln's Symphony Orchestra TONIGHT!! in concert honoring NET Radio's Bill Stibor
World-renowned pianist Leon Fleisher joins the Lincoln's Symphony Orchestra for Ravel's Piano Concerto for Left Hand TONIGHT!! October 11@the University of Nebraska's Lied Center for Performing Arts. The evening includes a fitting tribute to former Lincoln's Symphony Orchestra Board President and Nebraska Public Radio personality Bill Stibor, the orchestra dedicated th...
Overcoming 'Focal Dystonia,' Leon Fleisher releases: 'Mozart Piano Concertos.' His first two-hand recording in over 40 years
A fixture on the American music scene for more than six decades, pianist Leon Fleisher starts the New Year by releasing his first two-hand concerto recording in over 40 years. Praised in his early years for his poetic yet vigorous performances of works by the Viennese masters, the pianist naturally devoted his new disc of two-hand concertos to the music of Mozart, following his miraculous recovery from a...
In celebration of his 80th brithday, Leon Fleisher releases '6 Digital Recordings'
The Six Full-Length Releases Include Fleisher's readings of Schubert, Debussy, Ravel, Mozart, Liszt, Copland and Brahms.
In honor of pianist Leon Fleisher's 80th birthday on July 23rd, Sony Classical will release for the first time in digital format six full-length recordings, made between 1954 and 1963 that have only been previously available complete on LP. These rec...