Leon Fleisher   -   All the Things You Are    (Bridge 9429)
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Leon Fleisher   -   All the Things You Are    (Bridge 9429)
P1109. LEON FLEISHER: All the Things You Are, incl. Bach, Mompou, Perle, Kirchner, Koston, Gershwin & Jerome Kern (all transcriptions for the Left Hand). Bridge 9429, recorded 2013 & 2014, Curtis Institute of Music. [A jewel of a recital, truly beguiling in its sensitivity and beauty.] – 090404942921


“Leon Fleisher’s first solo disc in nearly a decade is released in time to celebrate the great American pianist’s 86th birthday. 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 début, and in 1952, won the Queen Elisabeth Competition, leading to a series of legendary recordings made with 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.”

"A piano, which produces a tone by striking strings with a felt-lined hammer, should not be able to sustain a legato as gorgeous as what Fleisher coaxes from the instrument. The next thing you realize is that this sound is not just a clever effect but it makes the music come to life and clarifies textures in a way that seems utterly fresh and utterly right. That's the magic of Fleisher the pianist."

- Harvey Steiman, MusicWeb International - Aspen Festival, 25 July, 2005

"No American pianist can equal [Fleisher's]combination of subtle phrasing, intellectual mastery and interpretive depth."

- The New Yorker