Leon Fleisher: Four Hands | Sony 88875064162

Leon Fleisher: Four Hands

Label: Sony

Cat No: 88875064162

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Chamber

Release Date: 14th August 2015



A ‘follow up’ to Leon Fleisher’s legendary ‘Two Hands’ recording, this release is a selection of piano duets performed with his wife Katherine Jacobson. The attractive repertoire includes Brahms’ ‘Liebeslieder’, Schubert’s ‘Fantasia’, Ravel’s ‘La Valse’ and Bolcom’s ‘Graceful Ghost Rag'.

Leon Fleisher is considered a living legend among the group of distinguished American pianists who emerged in the late forties and early fifties, and is linked via Schnabel to a tradition that descended directly from Beethoven himself, handed down through Carl Czerny and Theodor Leschetizky.

In the mid-sixties, the onset of what was later diagnosed as focal dystonia in the right hand forced Fleisher to curtail his playing. As Fleisher sought a variety of remedies, he resumed performing with repertoire for left hand. In the early 21st century, Fleisher was able to ameliorate his focal dystonia symptoms after experimental botox injections to the point where he could play with both hands again.

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