Monthly Archives: May 2011

The Tortured Gustav Mahler and His Affecting Music

The composer and conductor Gustav Mahler (1860-1911) suffered a tortured life of loss. His affecting music may have been the answer to fill his void and help him find his direction. He married the beautiful 22-year-old Alma Maria Schindler in … Continue reading

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Pianist Leon Fleisher, Richard Strauss, Dramatic End to Season

Pianist Leon Fleisher has earned the respect of his fans if the increased volume of applause on last Saturday evening was any indication. When he came onto the stage to perform Maurice Ravel’s (1875-1937) Concerto for the Left Hand for … Continue reading

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Pianist Leon Fleisher and His “Nine Lives”

Leon Fleisher—pianist, conductor, icon—is synonymous with legendary pianists and musicians of the 20th and into the 21st centuries. He’s performed in great concert halls (Carnegie Hall), with major orchestras and eminent conductors (George Szell, Eugene Ormandy). He studied under the … Continue reading

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