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Leon Fleisher | Katherine Jacobson - Four Hands / WFMT: New Release Of the Week

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Four Hands is an album of piano duets featuring celebrated American pianist Leon Fleisher together with his wife, Katherine Jacobson. The disc includes the famous Liebeslieder – Waltzes for Piano 4 Hands op. 52a by Johannes Brahms, works described by Ernest Lubin as being"among the loveliest and most beguiling of all Brahms' compositions"; Franz Schubert's Fantasia in F minor for Piano 4 Hands D 940 from the composer who wrote a great deal of four-hand piano music, this being one of his most attractive works in the genre; Maurice Ravel's famous La Valse – a piece that displays the composer's attraction for the form, arranged here for four hands by Lucien Garban, editor and lifelong friend to Ravel, and finally Graceful Ghost Rag by Pulitzer Prize winning American composer, William Bolcom, who specialices in mixing popular and classical forms. His original version for solo piano is arranged here by William Grossman.

The Schubert: Fantasy in F minor, D 940 (19:02) from Leon Fleisher & Katherine Jacobson - Four Hands on Sony Classical is a WFMT: Chicago 'New Release Of the Week.'