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Leon Fleisher (born July 23, 1928) is an American pianist and conductor.

Leon Fleisher (born July 23, 1928) is an American pianist and conductor. He is particularly well known for his interpretations of the piano concerti of Brahms and Beethoven. In the 1960s, Fleisher lost the use of his right hand, due to a condition that was eventually diagnosed as focal dystonia. Fleisher commenced performing and recording the left-handed repertoire while searching for a cure for his condition. In addition, he undertook conducting during this time, serving at one time as Music Director of the Annapolis Symphony Orchestra in Maryland. In the early 21st century, Fleisher regained the use of his right hand through a combination of Rolfing and botox injections.

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    Legacy

    Leon Fleisher

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    Pierre Monteux, the celebrated French conductor, called Leon Fleisher 'the pianistic find of the century'.  After his early success in...
  1. Leon Fleisher
    Legacy

    Leon Fleisher

    £ 9.99

    Pierre Monteux, the celebrated French conductor, called Leon Fleisher 'the pianistic find of the century'.  After his early success in the US,  Fleisher lived in Europe during the 1950s, winning the Queen Elisabeth Competition in Brussels.  During this time he made highly successful tours of Europe, North and South America and his partnership with George Szell and the Cleveland Orchestra in the late 1950's and 1960's is today considered one of the great recording legacies. These exciting and penetrating performances of Mozart and Beethoven concertos made in 1957 and 1960 have never been issued before and represent one of the few examples of Fleisher caught live, wonderfully engineered by the WDR. During the 1960's Fleisher was diagnosed with focal dystonia in his right hand forcing him to stop playing and concentrate only with his left hand. He eventually recovered and by 2008 was recording again as a two handed pianist. This release... More details

 

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