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Leon Fleisher – The Complete Album Collection (FLAC)

Leon Fleisher - The Complete Album Collection (FLAC)
Leon Fleisher – The Complete Album Collection (FLAC)

Number of Discs: 23
Format: FLAC (image+cue)
Label: Sony
Release: 2013
Size: 4.75 GB
Recovery: +3%
Scan: yes

CD 01 Schubert: Sonata in B-Flat Major; Schubert: Ländler, Op. 171
CD 02 Rachmaninov: Rhapsody on a theme of Paganini, Op. 43; Franck: Symphonic Variations; Delius: Irmelin-Prelude
CD 03 Brahms: Variations and Fugue on a theme of Handel, Op. 24; Waltzes, Op. 39
CD 04 Hindemith: The Four Temperaments; Hindemith: Five Pieces, Op. 44, No. 4; Hindemith: Funeral Music for Viola and Strings
CD 05 Brahms: Concerto No. 1, Op. 15
CD 06 Debussy: Suite Bergamasque; Ravel: Sonatine; Ravel: Valses Nobles et Sentimentales; Ravel: Alborada del Gracioso (from “Miroirs”)
CD 07 Beethoven: Concerto No. 4 in G Major, Op. 58; Mozart: Concerto No. 25 in C Major (K. 503)
CD 08 Mozart: Sonata in C Major (K. 330); Sonata in E-Flat Major (K. 282); Rondo in D Major (K. 485)
CD 09 Liszt: Sonata in B Minor; Weber: Sonata No. 4 in E Minor, Op. 70; Weber: Invitation to the dance, Op. 65
CD 10 Grieg: Concerto in A Minor, Op. 16; Schumann: Concerto in A Minor, Op. 54
CD 11 Chamber Music from Marlboro: Brahms: Liebeslieder Walzer, Op. 52; Schubert: The Shepherd on the rock, Op. 129
CD 12 Beethoven: Concerto No. 1 in C Major, Op. 15
CD 13 Beethoven: Concerto No. 2 in B Flat Major, Op. 19; Concerto No. 4 in G Major, Op. 58
CD 14 Beethoven: Concerto No. 3 in C Minor, Op. 37
CD 15 Beethoven: Concerto No. 5 in E Flat Major, Op. 73
CD 16 Brahms: Concerto No. 2, Op. 83
CD 17 Copland: Piano Sonata; Roger Sessions: From my diary; Kirchner: Piano Sonata; Rorem: Three Barcarolles
CD 18 Brahms: Quintet in F Minor, Op. 34
CD 19 Schubert: Fantasy in C Major, Op. 15 (D. 760); Piano Sonata in A Major, Op. 120 (D. 664)
CD 20 Piano Works for the Left Hand: Takács, Saint-Saens, Saxton, Bach, Blumenfeld, Scriabin, Godowsky
CD 21 Piano Concertos for the Left Hand: Ravel, Prokofiev, Britten
CD 22 Korngold, Schmidt: Music for Strings and Piano Left Hand
CD 23 Mozart: Piano Concertos Nos. 7, 12, 23

Leon Fleisher is considered a living legend among the coterie of distinguished American pianists who emerged in the late forties and early fifties. Students consider Fleisher the “Obi-Wan Kenobi of the piano,” and travel from all over the globe come to work with him or even just sit on his master classes, just as pianists in the first half of the 20th century sought out Fleisher’s youthful teacher and mentor Artur Schnabel.

In a certain sense, the present complete collection of Fleisher’s recordings for Sony Classical and its predecessors (Epic and Columbia Masterworks) demarcates the personal and musical twists and turns of his career journey. We hear Fleisher soon after his Brussels victory, followed by his now iconic Beethoven, Brahms, Mozart, Schumann and Grieg concerto collaborations with George Szell and the Cleveland Orchestra, along with highly acclaimed solo recordings. Two discs represent Fleisher at the peak of his later career playing concertos and recitals for the left hand. Lastly, Fleisher’s formidable gifts as a Mozart player as revealed in his C major K 503 concerto recording yielded further bounty with his two-handed return a half-century later in the K 242, K 414 and K 488 concertos featured on the collection’s most recent release.

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