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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.Read more ›
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
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Sensitive beautiful performances on all of these works. Best interpretation of "Claire de Lune" in my collection.
I can't comment on the musical merits of this CD (I'm no expert and have only just ordered it), but I can offer a glimpse into the performer. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Stephen R. Fox
If this had been an old vinyl record, I would have worn it out by now in the years since I've owned it. Read morePublished on March 8, 2014 by FrogLady
I needed to replace this lost disk for a friend, and I appreciated being able to get the recording at a good price.Published on April 7, 2013 by Eileen P Twitchell
I purchased this CD after hearing an interview witn Leon Fleisher on PBS in which he talks about the time when he was not able to play. Read morePublished on December 18, 2012 by Abigail1851
A mesmerizing recording. Each track is equally compelling -- such delicate, thoughtful & musical interpretations. I just keep listening to it over and over...Published on September 1, 2012 by Yinyue
This is the album, Leon Fleisher produced after recovering from dystonia.It includes two Bach chorales, two Chopin pieces, Clair de Lune and a beautiful Schubert sonata. Read morePublished on March 2, 2011 by Ronald D. Pemstein