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Leon Fleisher: The Complete Album Collection Released

fleishercomplete-sonyartSony Classical released Leon Fleisher: The Complete Album Collection—a 23-CD deluxe box set spanning the pianist’s 55-year recording career from 1954 to 2009. The box set release coincided with his 85th birthday on July 23. A central part of the collection contains Fleisher’s collaborations with George Szell, conductor of the Cleveland Orchestra, to record every major work written for piano and orchestra. After focal dystonia disabled his right hand, at the height of his career in 1965, Fleisher championed the one-handed repertoire. Fleisher, who has taught at Peabody since 1959, holds the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Chair in Piano. Tim Smith of The Baltimore Sun profiled Fleisher and his box set in an article on Sunday, August 11.

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