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David Radcliffe
American Record Guide, September 2014

Leon Fleisher was a student of Artur Schnabel, as seems very apparent in these 1957 recordings, which are much in the master’s vein. The manner is elegant modernist neoclassicism with just enough sentiment to take the chill off—the proportions and details as carefully managed as in a glass-and-steel composition by Mies van der Rohe. © 2014 American Record Guide



Stephen Greenbank
MusicWeb International, April 2014

The recordings here are fitting repertoire for Fleisher…

The sound of these recordings, now over fifty years old is remarkably clear and transparent. Excellent liner-notes are provided by Jed Distler in English and German. This is a valuable document from the early career of a great pianist… © 2014 MusicWeb International Read complete review



Brian Wigman
Classical Net, April 2014

These are magnificent performances which capture Leon Fleisher in his youthful prime.

The performance is a joy, with Fleisher on freewheeling form, and Cluytens drawing some lovely playing from his charges.

…the artistic merit of this issue is substantial enough to interest piano fans and historical collectors alike. A very important addition to the Fleisher discography! © 2014 Classical Net Read complete review



Robert Benson
ClassicalCDReview.com, April 2014

Leon Fleisher…continues to astound the musical world…we have these splendid studio performances recorded in Germany March 1957 (Mozart) and March 1960 (Beethoven). This is an important release for pianophiles. © 2014 ClassicalCDReview.com Read complete review



Infodad.com, March 2014

The March 1960 live performance of Beethoven’s First Piano Concerto and March 1957 live recording of Mozart’s Concerto No 12 (K 414) show just why Fleisher…left so many concertgoers awestruck. The fluidity of these performances, the lightness of touch and absolute command of the instrument under Fleisher’s hands, add up to a highly involving and engaging experience…this recording…will be a real and rare treat for anyone wondering what all the fuss was about Fleisher in his youth. © 2014 Infodad.com Read complete review




Gary Lemco
Audiophile Audition, January 2014

While living abroad between 1950-1958, Leon Fleisher…participated in a number of radio broadcasts, among which his work in Cologne, Germany finds happy documentation on this disc from ICA Classics. He works with Belgian maestro Andre Cluytens…in the Beethoven C Major Concerto

The A-flat Major Largo allows Fleisher’s introspective character to reveal itself, and Cluytens colors the progression into a lovely, passionate song. The last movement Rondo: Allegro scherzando proves to be pure devil-may-care Beethoven in his extroverted, irreverent self. Cluytens catches as much fire as Fleisher, and together they hurtle—or tango—through Beethoven’s witty antics with fierce aplomb. The Cologne woodwinds provide a particular pleasure in their canny accents and deft interplay with both piano and tutti.

Fleisher has maintained real affection for Mozart’s 1756 A Major Concerto, K. 414… © 2014 Audiophile Audition Read complete review





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