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Two Hands (Fleisher)

Claude Debussy , Domenico Scarlatti , Franz Schubert , Fryderyk Franciszek Chopin , Johann Sebastian Bach , et al. Audio CD
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  • Composer: Claude Debussy, Domenico Scarlatti, Franz Schubert, Fryderyk Franciszek Chopin, Johann Sebastian Bach
  • Audio CD (11 Oct 2004)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Artemis
  • ASIN: B0002IQHHK
  • Other Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 140,255 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Touchstone for Art of Piano Playing 18 Nov 2008
Format:Audio CD
I forgot which pianist but remember him saying Feisher's interpretation of Sheep May Safely Graze was a revelation or something in that line, in a BBC Radio 3 programm called Piano. On other occasions I heard other pianists mentioning his name as a living pianist to admire most. It is interesting to note that it was not the young Fleisher who was a phenomenal and dazzling virtuoso pianist, but the tormented, mature artist Leon Fleisher who's made such a lasting impact on many professional pianists. The recital on this disc fully justifies their admiration.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Divine Pianism 17 Mar 2008
By Scriabinmahler TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD
Am I the first person to review this CD? That means not many people in UK know this remarkable painist. When he made outstanding recording after recording with Szell in the 60s, it was a sensation. The incandescent performances of Schumann/Grieg concertos, Rachmaninov's Paganini Rhapsody, and the sublime performances of Beethoven & Brahms Concertos still remain unsurpassed today. Here, after more than 35 years of suffering from dystonia, neurological movement disorder, which deprived him of use of right hand, his two-hand pianism emerges like a miracle. I can not detect even a hint of disability in his right hand. Like S.Richter in his later years, Fleisher's playing has a kind of rarified beauty and reverence for music.

Bach's Cantata arrangements, Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring (Myra Hess) and Sheep may safely graze (Egon Petri), are played most beautifully with blissful simplicity. Scarlatti sonata is an expression of pure joy of making music. Chopin noctune and Debussy's Clair de lune are absolutely magical, second only to the miraculously atmospheric performance of Clair de lune by Richter.

Highlight of this cd is the awe-inspiring performance of Schubert's D960 Sonata. This is a superlative performance that can match the great recordings by Rubinstein and Richter in depth, delicacy and richness of playing. Fleisher defies the centuries-old nonsense that left-hand part must support right hand, by letting left hand part express itself as much as right hand part. The effect is a revelation. The piano produces lavishingly rich sounds like an orchestra. This performance is a moving testimony that adversity can be tunred into advantage, by an artist who, through much suffering, has learned the essence of what music is and what life is.

Commentary includes pianist's own very personal and touching episodes and insights on each piece, and on his mentor Schnabel's influence.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Comeback! 16 Feb 2013
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This disk is really hot concours as it marks the return of the great pianist after a serious many years away with a hand injury. The smaller pieces are very welcome indeed. But the chief interest will be in the performance of the Schubert last piano sonata. This is a gripping performance. Welcome back to a great pianist!
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5.0 out of 5 stars deeply moving music 18 Jan 2013
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Leon Fleisher is a world class concert pianist who lost the use of one of his hands at the hight of his career. Miraculously , after decades only being able to play with one hand, he regained the use of both hands and this album is hence called Two Hands. Fleisher selects music to play that is clearly deeply significant to him and which he plays with consummate skill and heightened sensitivity.- There are familiar pieces such as Bach's Where Sheep May Safely Graze and Debussy's Clair de la Lune, together with pieces by Scarlatti, Schubert and of course, Chopin. He describes the Bach pieces as a "mantra - a response and antidote to our times" and I can truly say that whenever I play this CD I feel moved and re-grounded, and so grateful that this amazing man has been able to share his wonderful gift with us once more.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Easy on the Swiss cheese, David 29 Sep 2004
By J. Kouri - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Aside from the digressions, I think some of David's points are well taken. However, I don't think he and the other reviewers appreciate this CD for what it is -- a recording of remarkable courage and tenacity by a great performer laid low by something not of his making. The performances on the CD are not perfect, but Fleisher's performances never were. Like Horowitz, we all heard the dirt but decided that the artistry far outweighed its importance. And, yes, Fleisher is no Lipatti, and Lipatti was also a tragic figure who perished in his prime; but it is a matter of unfair polemics to criticize one work because it doesn't measure up to another. Fleisher must be judged ultimately in terms of his performance and what he brings to it. And in this CD, he brings many gifts to his listeners and I don't care a fig about the way he pedals -- he touches us in places where no one else is permitted, and that journey alone is worth the $14.00.
78 of 81 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "Two hands" again on record 18 Sep 2004
By Allan Brain - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
This is a really fine recording of the Schubert sonata,

a favorite of mine and one of the great works for solo

piano. It even gets plugged in one of Kay Redfield Jamison's

books about bi-polar disorder for its emotional complexity.

Everything about this performance of the sonata is compelling

and characterful. Maybe Jamison was on to something--the admixture of serenity and turbulence seems to me to be what

is most attractive about this music.

Until Leon Fleisher played it at Carnegie Hall last year,

and I read the NYT review, I did not know that it had been

in his repertoire, but it makes sense since he was a pupil

of Artur Schnabel, who was a pioneer in performing Schubert

piano sonatas. As it turns out, Fleisher recorded the sonata

for Columbia, probably in the early '50s, and one wonders whether that recording could be better than this one fifty

years later and after all that the pianist has been through.

I doubt it.

Most classical music fans of my generation know the early recordings of Leon Fleisher, particularly those of the

Beethoven and Brahms concertos accompanied by the Cleveland Orchestra under George Szell. Yet after a really promising

career, this pianist suffered a neurological disorder with his

right hand and for many years could only play the handful of pieces written for the left hand, and he did them very well.

I don't know all the details of his recovery, but I recall that

he had some modest successes in regular repertory from time to time, but also some setbacks where he had intended to play regular (two-handed) pieces but could not manage to do so, I think in the early to mid-'90s, thirty years after his career stalled.

A few years ago, I heard him play the extremely demanding first concerto by Brahms, and then a year or so later the equally taxing second. Both seemed pretty solid, especially the first concerto, played in Chicago. Critics were mixed in their reviews. The reviews of the NYC Carnegie recital in October of 2003 were very favorable, and while I did not attend that event,

I am really pleased that Fleisher has now recorded the sonata.

The bonus pieces add a little variety to the disc, and there are some interesting remarks by the pianist in the liner notes.

What's more, it seems that some of the proceeds from sales will go to a medical research organization.
40 of 41 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Relaxed assuredness 30 May 2005
By Daniel Graser - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Fleisher came to my school a few years ago playing his Carnegie Hall program which is mainly featured on this disc. A friend of mine I think put it best, "He didn't play the piano he worked with it. The fingers moved, the hammers hit the strings and a state of absolute ecstasy descended on the crowd who were absolutely spellbound for the entire recital." In the age of younger and younger "virtuosos" this is a welcome return to the art of serving the music, not vice versa. The Bach pieces act as a warm-up to the rest of the recital. The night pieces by Debussy and Chopin take us into a dark world of colors and beauty. The Schubert sonata finishes the recital with a monumental work played immaculately. The balance between the hands is perfect and the clarity of the notes is the best I have ever heard in a pianist since a brilliant young virtuoso recorded the Brahms concertos with George Szell fifty years ago. Also pick up his left hand recitals as they are just as dazzling. This is easily the best solo piano release of the last half century. Wonderful!
29 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A new lease on life for a great pianist. 16 Jan 2005
By Miles D. Moore - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Before the release of Leon Fleisher's "Two Hands," I had thought that Botox was strictly a new craze for vain Hollywood actors and socialites with more money than sense. I never thought it would have such utility that it could bring Leon Fleisher back to the public as a two-handed pianist. But, according to the liner notes, Botox treatments have alleviated Fleisher's dystonia (a cruel muscle disease that prevented the full extension of the fingers of his right hand) to the point that he can make concert appearances and record again after nearly four decades. Fleisher may not be recording any Liszt any time soon ("Even with the Botox, there are things that I cannot do," he confesses), but the repertoire of beloved piano favorites on this album are well within his technical and interpretive grasp. Some reviewers on this site have compared Fleisher's "Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring" unfavorably with Dinu Lipatti's recording; while Lipatti's version may well be the single greatest piano recording ever, I see absolutely nothing wrong with Fleisher's version. Similarly, I think his versions of "Clair de Lune" and the great Schubert D. 960 Sonata on this CD are as fine as any I've heard on disc. Both as a document of human courage and of exquisite pianism by a major artist, this CD is a must-have.
18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars and a Laurel Wreath 16 Nov 2005
By Grady Harp - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Whether you elect to acquire this recording as a treasure of a modern day hero who overcame enormous obstacles that would have destroyed a lesser human being, or whether you simply want some definitive performances of some of the most beloved works in the piano literature, this recording by Leon Fleisher is one of the most rewarding CDs to be released in a long time.

Everyone knows the sad tragedy of Fleisher's disappearance from the concert stage due to the challenge of the loss of his right hand. That he persisted in becoming a phenomenal success in the left hand alone repertoire instead of accepting defeat is truly amazing. Now that he is able to return to the keyboard with both hands as facile and full of passion and intelligence as before he plays with more than artistry: he plays with alchemy. From the Bach transcriptions that call for extreme sensitivity from every digit, to the romance and vivre of Chopin, the elegance of Scarlatti E major Sonata to the wonder of the closing Schubert sonata which challenges every pianist, Fleisher performs with authority and beauty of tone and spirit.

This is a recording that belongs in every music lover's library and is the perfect gift for those special friends who understand what this special CD is all about. Highly recommended. Grady Harp, November 05
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