"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 withRead 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. -
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Varied and wonderful recordingJanuary 24, 2015By Les S. (ALBANY, NY)See All My Reviews"This is a wonderful recording with unusually varied repertoire, from Bach's Chaconne arranged for the left hand to Gershwin's "The Man I Love," arranged for left hand by Earl Wild. Mr. Fleisher makes a compelling case for each piece. I particularly love his rendition of "The Man I Love;" it could easily be a technical showpiece but instead is exquisitely tender."Report Abuse
Only three out of seven pieces were enjoyable.November 13, 2014By Todd S. (Salt Lake City, UT)See All My Reviews"For me, only three out of the seven pieces are enjoyablethe 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 PerformancesAugust 13, 2014By 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
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