The Slipped Disc daily comfort zone (141): Leon’s late Schubert

The Slipped Disc daily comfort zone (141): Leon’s late Schubert


norman lebrecht

August 03, 2020

Late in his own life, when he had recovered the use of both hands, Fleisher gave an incomparable account of Schubert’s late sonata.




  • E says:

    This is so lovingly played…from the opening notes, as though in thanksgiving, perhaps to music and the composer above all.

  • Lincoln Russell says:

    Decades ago, a major recording company commissioned me to photograph Fleischer, with a much more famous colleague.

    For whatever reason, Fleischer decided to disregard the directive to wear concert attire.

    Shocked by his disrespectful, unprofessional behavior, I should have sent him packing, but I made some photos anyway.

    But he’d made sure to sink the session; the photographs were, of course, unusable.

    The client was not amused.

  • José Bergher says:

    Brahms Piano Concerto No.1
    Leon Fleisher
    Pierre Monteux
    New York Philharmonic
    November 5, 1944

  • E says:

    A day later, I come back to hear this again…it has been playing in my thoughts.