Leon Fleisher: The Complete Album Collection / Leon Fleisher, piano [23 CDs]

Notes & Reviews:

Leon Fleisher is considered a living legend among the distinguished American pianists who emerged in the late forties and early fifties. Students travel from all over the globe to work with him or even just sit in on his master classes. The new 23-CD box set, Leon Fleisher: The Complete Album Collection, defines the personal and musical twists of his career. Beginning with his win at the 1952 Queen Elisabeth Competition in Brussels, the repertoire in this set includes Fleisher's iconic Beethoven, Brahms, Mozart, Schumann and Grieg concerto collaborations with George Szell and the Cleveland Orchestra, along with his highly acclaimed solo recordings. Also represented is Fleisher at the peak of his later career when he had been diagnosed with focal dystonia in his right hand and was able to play concertos and recitals with only his left hand. Leon Fleisher's musical legacy will stand the test of time and The Complete Album Collection will enliven and stimulate music lovers and budding pianists alike.


Works:

All 23 single album titles are housed in a functional chest with removable lid, each CD packaged in a mini-”LP” style cardboard slipcase with original artwork and spine.

DISC 1 Schubert: Sonata in B-Flat Major; Schubert: Ländler, Op. 171 (released 1956)

DISC 2 Rachmaninoff: Rhapsody on a theme of Paganini, Op. 43; Franck: Symphonic Variations; Delius: Irmelin-Prelude (released 1957)

DISC 3 Brahms: Variations and Fugue on a theme of Handel, Op. 24; Waltzes, Op. 39171 (released 1956)

DISC 4 Hindemith: The Four Temperaments; Hindemith: Five Pieces, Op. 44, No. 4; Hindemith: Funeral Music for Viola and Strings (released 1956)

DISC 5 Brahms: Concerto No. 1, Op. 15 Leon Fleisher - The Cleveland Orchestra - George Szell (released 1958)

DISC 6 Debussy: Suite Bergamasque; Ravel: Sonatine; Ravel: Valses Nobles et Sentimentales; Ravel: Alborada del Gracioso (from “Miroirs”) (released 1959)

DISC 7 Beethoven: Concerto No. 4 in G Major, Op. 58; Mozart: Concerto No. 25 in C Major (K. 503) (released 1959)

DISC 8 Mozart: Sonata in C Major (K. 330); Sonata in E-Flat Major (K. 282); Rondo in D Major (K. 485) (released 1960)

DISC 9 Liszt: Sonata in B Minor; Weber: Sonata No. 4 in E Minor, Op. 70; Weber: Invitation to the dance, Op. 65 (released 1960)

DISC 10 Grieg: Concerto in A Minor, Op. 16; Schumann: Concerto in A Minor, Op. 54 (released 1960)

DISC 11 Chamber Music from Marlboro: Brahms: Liebeslieder Walzer, Op. 52; Schubert: The Shepherd on the rock, Op. 129 (released 1961)

DISC 12 Beethoven: Concerto No. 1 in C Major, Op. 15 (released 1961)

DISC 13 Beethoven: Concerto No. 2 in B Flat Major, Op. 19; Concerto No. 4 in G Major, Op. 58 (released 1961)

DISC 14 Beethoven: Concerto No. 3 in C Minor, Op. 37 (released 1961)

DISC 15 Beethoven: Concerto No. 5 in E Flat Major, Op. 73 (released 1961)

DISC 16 Brahms: Concerto No. 2, Op. 83 (released 1963)

DISC 17 Aaron Copland: Piano Sonata; Roger Sessions: From my diary; Kirchner: Piano Sonata; Rorem: Three Barcarolles (released 1963)

DISC 18 Brahms: Quintet in F Minor, Op. 34; Leon Fleisher - Juilliard String Quartet (released 1963)

DISC 19 Schubert: “Wanderer” Fantasy in C Major, Op. 15 (D. 760); Piano Sonata in A Major, Op. 120 (D. 664) (released 1963)

DISC 20 Piano Works for the Left Hand: Takács, Saint-Saens, Saxton, Bach, Blumenfeld, Scriabin, Godowsky (released 1993)

DISC 21 Piano Concertos for the Left Hand: Ravel, Prokofiev, Britten (Boston Symphony Orchestra; Seiji Ozawa, conductor) (released 1993)

DISC 22 Korngold, Schmidt: Music for Strings and Piano Left Hand (Jaime Laredo, violin; Yo-yo Ma, cello; Leon Fleisher, piano) (released 1998)

DISC 23 Mozart: Piano Concertos Nos. 7, 12, 23 (released 2009)



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