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Leon Fleisher: All The Things You Are

Bach / Gershwin / Kirchner / Fleisher
Release Date: 07/08/2014 
Label:  Bridge   Catalog #: 9429   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Johannes BrahmsLeon KirchnerGeorge GershwinEarl Wild,   ... 
Performer:  Leon Fleisher
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

"The Fleisher disk is the one I’ve listened to the most, nearly to the point of obsession. At the age of eighty-six, the pianist remains a musician of magisterial powers; this CD, containing music of Bach, Perle, Federico Mompou, Leon Kirchner, Dina Koston, George Gershwin, and Jerome Kern, is one of his finest hours on record." -- Alex Ross, The New Yorker [9/8/2014]

Leon Fleisher–“the pianistic find of the century,” said Pierre Monteux–was born in San Francisco in 1928 and accepted into the studio of master pianist Artur Schnabel at age nine. Seven years later Fleisher made his New York Philharmonic debut, and in 1952, won the Queen Elisabeth competition, leading to a series of legendary recordings made with
Read more conductor George Szell and the Cleveland Orchestra. In 2014, Leon Fleisher, approaching his 86th birthday, completed the present recording, consisting largely of works for left hand, including one of the pianist’s specialities—Bach’s Chaconne, arranged for left hand by Brahms. The album also features works composed for Leon Fleisher by George Perle, Leon Kirchner, and Dina Koston as well as gorgeous renditions of favorites by George Gershwin and Jerome Kern. All the Things You Are is Leon Fleisher’s first solo album in nearly a decade, and is a testament to the enduring musicianship of a great artist. - Bridge Records Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Studies (5) for Piano, Anh. 1a/1: no 5, Chaconne by Bach by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Leon Fleisher (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: Austria 
2.
L.H. for Piano Left Hand by Leon Kirchner
Performer:  Leon Fleisher (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: USA 
3.
Virtuoso Etudes (7) after Gershwin: no 7, The man I love by Earl Wild
Performer:  Leon Fleisher (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1950/1976; USA 
4.
Musical Offerings by George Perle
Performer:  Leon Fleisher (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1997/98; USA 
Notes: Subtitled: "In Celebration of Leon Fleisher at 70." 
5.
Prelude for Piano no 6 "Left hand" by Federico Mompou
Performer:  Leon Fleisher (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1927-1930; Paris, France 
6.
Thoughts of Evelyn by Dina Koston
Performer:  Leon Fleisher (Piano)
Period: 20th/21st Centuries 
Written: USA 
7.
Very Warm for May: All the Things You Are by Jerome Kern
Performer:  Leon Fleisher (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1939; USA 
Notes: Arranged for piano left hand by Stephen Prutsman. 

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  3 Customer Reviews )
 Only three out of seven pieces were enjoyable. November 13, 2014 By Todd S. (Salt Lake City, UT) See All My Reviews "For me, only three out of the seven pieces are enjoyable—the Bach Chaconne (profound), Gershwin's The Man I Love (delightful), and Jerome Kern's All The Things You Are. The Mompou prelude was interesting once, but not something I particularly want to hear again. The Kirchner, Perle, and Koston pieces are what I would describe as without melody, and (for me) unpleasant. The three tracks of the Perle piece are pretty much atonal. If you like that stuff, great, but I think prospective buyers should be aware that half of this album is not very melodic to say the least. Neither Amazon.com not ArkivMusic.com let prospective buyers sample the tracks. I strongly suggest that you sample all the tracks on the iTunes store before buying. Of course, Fleisher's playing is impecable. I do not regret buying this cd, but I doubt I will ever listen to it again. I will put the three enjoyable tracks on my iPod, so I don't have to listen to the others again." Report Abuse
 Masterful Performances August 13, 2014 By Ralph Graves (Hood, VA) See All My Reviews "Listen to this album very carefully. Otherwise, it's easy to forget that Leon Fleisher is performing with just his left hand. The chords are so artfully arpeggiated, and the movement up and down the keyboard so swift, that Fleisher maintains the illusion that he's playing with both hands. And that's sort of the point. These works -- and Leon Fleisher's performances -- can be judged on their own merits, not a special sub-set of music. This recital disc, with two exceptions, features works that were either composed or arranged for Fleisher. And what a program! The original works include Leon Kirchener's 1995 "L.H," George Perle's "Musical Offerings" (for Fleisher's 70th birthday), and Dina Koston's 'Thoughts of Evelyn." Fleisher's friend and colleague Earl Wild re-arranged his study Gerswin's "The Man I Love" for him. Also included is Brahms' left hand study of a Bach Chaconne, and Federico Mompou's 1930 Prelude No. 6 for left hand. And the disc concludes with Stephen Prutsman's arrangement of Jerome Kern's "All the Things You Are." Leon Fleisher's musicality brings out the best in each of these compositions, and unites them into a cohesive program. An amazing audio document." Report Abuse
 Leon Fleisher is incredible July 29, 2014 By Karin R C. (Rancho palos Verdes, CA) See All My Reviews "You can't go wrong with anything by Leon Fleisher. He is an incredible performer/musician and teacher. I have almost all his recordings. He can do no wrong." Report Abuse
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