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

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



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

  • 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.

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