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Pianist Leonard Shure in Concert at Jordan Hall - works by Chopin, Brahms and Schumann

Album Summary

>Chopin, Frédéric : Sonata for Piano no 2 in B flat minor, Op. 35 "Funeral March"
>Brahms, Johannes : Fantasies (7) for Piano, Op. 116
>Schumann, Robert : Fantasia in C major, Op. 17
>Chopin, Frédéric : Ballade for Piano no 1 in G minor, B 66/Op. 23
>Chopin, Frédéric : Prelude for piano no 24 in D minor, Op. 28/24, CT. 189
>Chopin, Frédéric : Prelude for piano no 23 in F major, Op. 28/23, CT. 188
Performer Composers

Notes & Reviews:

Leonard Shure (1910-1995) was a superb musician, an important pianist, and an uncompromising and influential teacher. His legacy as a performer lies in a small but significant number of commercial recordings. This release augments that legacy with live performances recorded during his faculty recitals in New England Conservatory's Jordan Hall late in his life. Shure recorded the Brahms Phantasien on 78s for Vox in the mid 1940s, but these performances were never remastered for release on LP or CD. He recorded the Schumann Fantasy on an Epic LP a decade years later, in the mid- 1950s, but this too has never been transferred to CD. The present discs have been issued in collaboration with the pianist's family, annotated by former Boston Globe music critic, Richard M. Dyer, and restored by the noted engineer, Adam Abeshouse.

American Record Guide, January/February 2013
Chopin's Ballade 1 and Preludes 23 and 24 are played with a lifetime of experience behind them. The Ballade's lyrical beauty is restrained, and Shure makes the most of every delectable moment. The climaxes are emotional, and passagework scintillates. The two Preludes are performed with individual style, including some rubato and accents we are not used to these days. The audience goes wild.



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>Frédéric Chopin (1810 - 1849) : Sonata for Piano no 2 in B flat minor, Op. 35 "Funeral March"
  • Performer: Leonard Shure (Piano)
  • Running Time: 24 min. 5 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1837

>Brahms, Johannes : Fantasies (7) for Piano, Op. 116
  • Performer: Leonard Shure (Piano)
  • Running Time: 24 min. 39 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1892

>Schumann, Robert : Fantasia in C major, Op. 17
  • Performer: Leonard Shure (Piano)
  • Running Time: 34 min. 27 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1836

>Frédéric Chopin (1810 - 1849) : Ballade for Piano no 1 in G minor, B 66/Op. 23
  • Performer: Leonard Shure (Piano)
  • Running Time: 9 min. 40 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1831

>Frédéric Chopin (1810 - 1849) : Prelude for piano no 24 in D minor, Op. 28/24, CT. 189
  • Performer: Leonard Shure (Piano)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 14 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1838-1839

>Frédéric Chopin (1810 - 1849) : Prelude for piano no 23 in F major, Op. 28/23, CT. 188
  • Performer: Leonard Shure (Piano)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 17 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1838-1839