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  1. #1
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    Feb 2007
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    Raleigh, NC

    Leon Fleisher, RIP

    Not sure how many classical-music lovers we have on the board. But Fleisher was arguably the greatest American-born classical pianist ever and he had a compelling personal story. Best cycle of Beethoven piano concertos ever, IMO.

    https://www.nytimes.com/2020/08/02/a...sher-dead.html

  2. #2
    Van Cliburn says Hello (from the grave). [Played at two of my cousin's bar mitzvahs as a boy].

    Larry
    DevilHorse

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Feb 2018
    Location
    Durham, NC
    I'll have go look up Fleischer's recordings. I recall his story, but his best recordings preceded my time and I focused on newer artists. Perhaps time to go back and take a listen.

  4. #4
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    Raleigh, NC
    Quote Originally Posted by Phredd3 View Post
    I'll have go look up Fleischer's recordings. I recall his story, but his best recordings preceded my time and I focused on newer artists. Perhaps time to go back and take a listen.
    Start with Beethoven and Brahms concertos.

    As an aside, Murray Perahia would also make the short list of great American-born pianists.

  5. #5
    His recordings of Brahms d minor concerto and Beethoven Emperor are the gold standard. And after being afflicted with dystonia, he was highly influential as a teacher. I have many friends who studied with him and were inspired by the magic he brought to every lesson. He will be greatly missed.

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