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Track Listing:

1
Liebesliederwalzer, Op. 52a / Speech, girl, too dear
 
2
Liebesliederwalzer, Op. 52 / On the rocks tide rushes
 
3
Liebesliederwalzer, Op. 52a / O women
 
4
Liebesliederwalzer, Op. 52 / As the evening beautiful blush
 
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Liebesliederwalzer, Op. 52a / The green hops Ranke
 
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Liebesliederwalzer, Op. 52a / A small, pretty bird
 
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Liebesliederwalzer, Op. 52a / Well it was nice bewandt
 
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Liebesliederwalzer, Op. 52a / If so Lind thine eye me
 
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Liebesliederwalzer, Op. 52 / On the Danube shore
 
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Liebesliederwalzer, Op. 52a / O how gently the stream
 
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Liebesliederwalzer, Op. 52a / No, it is not getting along
 
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Liebesliederwalzer, Op. 52a / locksmith and doing Castles
 
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Liebesliederwalzer, Op. 52a / V gelein by rushes the air
 
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Liebesliederwalzer, Op. 52 / See how the wave is clear
 
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Liebesliederwalzer, Op. 52a / nightingale, she sings so beautiful
 
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Liebesliederwalzer, Op. 52a / A darker bay is love
 
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Liebesliederwalzer, Op. 52a / walk not thou, my light
 
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Liebesliederwalzer, Op. 52 / It trembles the bushes
 
19
Fantasy in F Minor D.940, Op.103 / Allegro molto moderato
 
20
Fantasy in F Minor D.940, Op.103 / Largo
 
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Fantasy in F Minor D.940, Op.103 / Allegro vivace
 
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Fantasy in F Minor D.940, Op.103 / Tempo primo
 
23
La Valse: Poeme pour orchester choreographique
 
24
Graceful Ghost Rag
 

Leon Fleisher | Katherine Jacobson :

Four Hands


Sony Classical is pleased to present a brand-new album of piano duets – Four Hands – featuring celebrated American pianist, Leon Fleisher together with his wife, fellow pianist Katherine Jacobson.

Featuring works by Brahms, Schubert, Ravel and Bolcom, Four Hands will be released in August 2015 together with its companion disc, a welcome reissue of the famous Two Hands recording, which Sony Classical is now proud to make available.

Four Hands includes the famous Liebeslieder – Waltzes for Piano 4 Hands op. 52a by Johannes Brahms, works described by Ernest Lubin as being"among the loveliest and most beguiling of all Brahms' compositions"; Franz Schubert's Fantasia in F minor for Piano 4 Hands D 940 from the composer who wrote a great deal of four-hand piano music, this being one of his most attractive works in the genre; Maurice Ravel's famous La Valse – a piece that displays the composer's attraction for the form, arranged here for four hands by Lucien Garban, editor and lifelong friend to Ravel, and finally Graceful Ghost Rag by Pulitzer Prize winning American composer, William Bolcom, who specialices in mixing popular and classical forms. His original version for solo piano is arranged here by William Grossman.

The reissue of Two Hands includes J. S. Bach – Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring (arr. Hess) and Sheep May Safely Graze (arr. Petri); Scarlatti – Sonata in E major, K 380; Chopin – Mazurka in C-sharp minor, op. 50/3; Nocturne in D-flat major, op. 27/2; Debussy – Clair de lune and Schubert – Sonata in B-flat major, D 960 (posth.).

Gramophone magazine noted of Two Hands on its original release: "This disc is a minor miracle…wonderfully rounded performances of two Bach transcriptions, dark-hued Chopin and an autumnally tinted account of Schubert's final sonata that is full of natural integrity. A wonderful document of a brave and very fine musician."

Leon Fleisher was a child prodigy who became Artur Schnabel's youngest student at the age of ten, thus continuing a long line of pianistic tradition reaching back to Beethoven himself. Described by The Independent as "One of the outstanding musicians of our time", Fleisher is currently experiencing a welcome revival both in the recording studio and on the concert platform.

Leon Fleisher endured for many years, having been compromised in the early heights of his career, from a debilitating condition of his right hand, later diagnosed as focal dystonia, a neurological condition that causes the fingers to curl into the palm of the hand. "I was desolate," he says of this unhappy period: "My life fell apart." In the intervening years when he was unable to perform with both hands, he turned his life around by devoting himself to teaching, conducting and the exploration of repertoire for the left hand. In this time, he taught many noted pianists, among them Yefim Bronfman, Louis Lortie and Hélène Grimaud, and made a serious impact on the world of left-handed repertoire, until a recent new therapy made such a marked difference to his condition that he was returned to full strength.

Two Hands was originally released in 2004 to celebrate his gratifying return to form, and Four Hands continues the celebratory theme. Both volumes will be released in August 2015 on Sony Classical.