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Leon Fleisher | Katherine Jacobson - Four Hands / WCRB: CD Of the Week

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Delving into some of the most intimately poetic pieces in Romantic repertoire, pianists Leon Fleisher and Katherine Jacobson impart the deep passion of works written for piano four-hands by Brahms, Schubert, and Ravel. Centered on Brahms's Liebeslieder Waltzes, the duo illustrates the elegant passion of the collection of love songs, carrying the listener through the full extents of hope and anguish.

Four Hands 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.

Four Hands is the WCRB: Boston - CD of the Week