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In pianist Leon Fleisher's return to playing with both hands, an indomitable spirit has triumphed over physical adversity. Not that he has been absent from music since losing the use of his right hand to focal dystonia in 1965: in addition to forging a successful career as teacher and conductor, he performed the left-hand literature with peerless mastery, enlarging it with new commissions. However, he persisted in searching for a cure, and his determination has now borne fruit: this is his first record of the two-hand repertoire in 40 years. It is altogether extraordinary. Always a great pianist and musician, Fleisher has lost none of his powerful, consummate technique (not surprisingly, his left hand is enormously strong), his rhythmic and tonal control, his expressive projection. His sound is ravishingly beautiful, rich, full, singing, delicate, capable of infinite variations of dynamics, color and nuance; his intellectual and emotional concentration are riveting. The program features familiar short pieces and Schubert's great last sonata. Two Bach transcriptions, one by Myra Hess, one by Egon Petri, are overloaded and artificial, but played with reverential simplicity; a Scarlatti Sonata is scintillating without being fast; a Chopin Mazurka and Nocturne and Debussy's "Clair de lune" are frankly sentimental, very poetic, free, slow and dreamy. They invite the listener to focus on the playing rather than the music. The Schubert is monumental. Fleisher's vitality and exuberance belie his 75 years, though his impetuosity sometimes leads to jerkiness (in the Scherzo), and rushed tempi (in the Finale). His dynamics can be wayward, but the texture, even at its richest, is always crystal clear; every line stands out, indeed some seem newly discovered. There is plenty of time for reposeful rests, poised transitions, changes of harmony, color and mood; the sense of depth, breadth, coherence and continuity never falters. --Edith Eisler

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Cantata No. 147, 'Herz und Mund und Tat und Leben,' BWV 147 (BC A174): Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring
  2. Cantata No. 208, 'Was mir behagt,' (Hunt Cantata), BWV 208 (BC G1, G3): Sheep May Safely Graze
  3. Sonata for keyboard in E major, K. 380 (L. 23) 'Cortège'
  4. Mazurka for piano No. 32 in C sharp minor, Op. 50/3, CT. 82
  5. Nocturne for piano No. 8 in D flat major, Op. 27/2, CT. 115
  6. Clair de lune, for piano (Suite Bergamasque No. 3), L. 75/3
  7. Piano Sonata No. 21 in B flat major, D. 960: Molto moderato
  8. Piano Sonata No. 21 in B flat major, D. 960: Andante sostenuto
  9. Piano Sonata No. 21 in B flat major, D. 960: Allegro vivace con delicatezza
  10. Piano Sonata No. 21 in B flat major, D. 960: Allegro ma non troppo


Product Details

  • Audio CD (August 24, 2004)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Indieblue Music
  • ASIN: B0002IQHHK
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #36,330 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By Allan Brain on September 18, 2004
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This is a really fine recording of the Schubert sonata,

a favorite of mine and one of the great works for solo

piano. It even gets plugged in one of Kay Redfield Jamison's

books about bi-polar disorder for its emotional complexity.

Everything about this performance of the sonata is compelling

and characterful. Maybe Jamison was on to something--the admixture of serenity and turbulence seems to me to be what

is most attractive about this music.

Until Leon Fleisher played it at Carnegie Hall last year,

and I read the NYT review, I did not know that it had been

in his repertoire, but it makes sense since he was a pupil

of Artur Schnabel, who was a pioneer in performing Schubert

piano sonatas. As it turns out, Fleisher recorded the sonata

for Columbia, probably in the early '50s, and one wonders whether that recording could be better than this one fifty

years later and after all that the pianist has been through.

I doubt it.

Most classical music fans of my generation know the early recordings of Leon Fleisher, particularly those of the

Beethoven and Brahms concertos accompanied by the Cleveland Orchestra under George Szell. Yet after a really promising

career, this pianist suffered a neurological disorder with his

right hand and for many years could only play the handful of pieces written for the left hand, and he did them very well.
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Aside from the digressions, I think some of David's points are well taken. However, I don't think he and the other reviewers appreciate this CD for what it is -- a recording of remarkable courage and tenacity by a great performer laid low by something not of his making. The performances on the CD are not perfect, but Fleisher's performances never were. Like Horowitz, we all heard the dirt but decided that the artistry far outweighed its importance. And, yes, Fleisher is no Lipatti, and Lipatti was also a tragic figure who perished in his prime; but it is a matter of unfair polemics to criticize one work because it doesn't measure up to another. Fleisher must be judged ultimately in terms of his performance and what he brings to it. And in this CD, he brings many gifts to his listeners and I don't care a fig about the way he pedals -- he touches us in places where no one else is permitted, and that journey alone is worth the $14.00.
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Fleisher came to my school a few years ago playing his Carnegie Hall program which is mainly featured on this disc. A friend of mine I think put it best, "He didn't play the piano he worked with it. The fingers moved, the hammers hit the strings and a state of absolute ecstasy descended on the crowd who were absolutely spellbound for the entire recital." In the age of younger and younger "virtuosos" this is a welcome return to the art of serving the music, not vice versa. The Bach pieces act as a warm-up to the rest of the recital. The night pieces by Debussy and Chopin take us into a dark world of colors and beauty. The Schubert sonata finishes the recital with a monumental work played immaculately. The balance between the hands is perfect and the clarity of the notes is the best I have ever heard in a pianist since a brilliant young virtuoso recorded the Brahms concertos with George Szell fifty years ago. Also pick up his left hand recitals as they are just as dazzling. This is easily the best solo piano release of the last half century. Wonderful!
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Before the release of Leon Fleisher's "Two Hands," I had thought that Botox was strictly a new craze for vain Hollywood actors and socialites with more money than sense. I never thought it would have such utility that it could bring Leon Fleisher back to the public as a two-handed pianist. But, according to the liner notes, Botox treatments have alleviated Fleisher's dystonia (a cruel muscle disease that prevented the full extension of the fingers of his right hand) to the point that he can make concert appearances and record again after nearly four decades. Fleisher may not be recording any Liszt any time soon ("Even with the Botox, there are things that I cannot do," he confesses), but the repertoire of beloved piano favorites on this album are well within his technical and interpretive grasp. Some reviewers on this site have compared Fleisher's "Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring" unfavorably with Dinu Lipatti's recording; while Lipatti's version may well be the single greatest piano recording ever, I see absolutely nothing wrong with Fleisher's version. Similarly, I think his versions of "Clair de Lune" and the great Schubert D. 960 Sonata on this CD are as fine as any I've heard on disc. Both as a document of human courage and of exquisite pianism by a major artist, this CD is a must-have.
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Whether you elect to acquire this recording as a treasure of a modern day hero who overcame enormous obstacles that would have destroyed a lesser human being, or whether you simply want some definitive performances of some of the most beloved works in the piano literature, this recording by Leon Fleisher is one of the most rewarding CDs to be released in a long time.

Everyone knows the sad tragedy of Fleisher's disappearance from the concert stage due to the challenge of the loss of his right hand. That he persisted in becoming a phenomenal success in the left hand alone repertoire instead of accepting defeat is truly amazing. Now that he is able to return to the keyboard with both hands as facile and full of passion and intelligence as before he plays with more than artistry: he plays with alchemy. From the Bach transcriptions that call for extreme sensitivity from every digit, to the romance and vivre of Chopin, the elegance of Scarlatti E major Sonata to the wonder of the closing Schubert sonata which challenges every pianist, Fleisher performs with authority and beauty of tone and spirit.

This is a recording that belongs in every music lover's library and is the perfect gift for those special friends who understand what this special CD is all about. Highly recommended. Grady Harp, November 05
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