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Master Class with Leon Fleisher: The Late Schubert Sonatas

September 11th, 2010 in Piano News by | 7 comments

Filmed during a Professional Training Workshop in New York, Franz Schubert‘s late piano sonatas come to life in this performance guide that includes video clips, written commentary, and an animated score, allowing the user to simultaneously watch Mr. Fleisher teach from the keyboard and study the notated music. Select any combination of 24 separate video clips from six categories to build your own tailor-made video master class from a range of topics.

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  • mike says:

    Has anyone been able to watch the videos on this website? They appear to be mafunctioning…. I really want to see it too…

  • Jim says:

    I’ve been watching them – they are great, a very passionate and opinionated teacher goes through the details of what makes a great interpretation of the score.

  • LHP says:

    I attended a Fleisher masterclass at UT in 1981. Back then, he was handing out this BS about “listen to it ring up and down the string” in order to produce a good tone. He never once showed anyone how to strike with a quck release, which Tobias Matthay taught 80 years earlier. Now, he does what he does best and that is to talk about Leon Fleisher. This “man” comes across like the god Zeus from on high, and nobody has the guts to criticize him – so the legend continues. Left out of this discussion on Scubert is that none of his piano music was written for a modern Hammerklavier or ever performed in a concert hall. Paul Badura-Skoda knows this, which is why he re-recorded his entire Schubert repertoire. Plus, the truly spiritual nature of any great music can only be gleaned by a mature adult, and not some 20 something piano major, who has spent most of their lives holed-up in a practice room.

  • Tayo says:

    Hmm…LHP…while I agree that some of the modern Masters just blowing hot air at everyone in shows of their high opinions of themselves and sense of being untouchable, I’m going to part ways with you on the “mature adult” statement.

    Music wasn’t written for the few. Art is priceless not for the singular meaning it brings or was intended for, but for the range of meaning and emotion it elicits from all who are exposed to it. Schubert’s Op.90 no.3 is one of the most beautifuil pieces on the planet and spirit being that I am, I was well capable of “gleaning” its “spiritual nature”…I learned it at 23; it moved me then, it moves me now. Who is to say who understands the piece the right way, who “feels” the music like its meant to be felt?

    A lot of these pieces were written on commission to be sold. They are meant to be shared by all, over a variety of mediums, and interpreted in a variety of ways. Good points though…you’re completely right about on what and where he wrote…I’ll try to keep that in mind as I determine what I want to sound like.

  • Teodoro Cromberg says:


    This videos are very useful for everyone (Pianists & other musicians)

  • ignace Erauw says:

    if there is anyone who can teach, and perform on the highest level Schubert, then it’s Andras Schiff. His taped masterclass in the Royal College in Music, on Beethoven is wonderful.
    He captures the spirit together with the odd Schubert sonata structures.
    Fleischer also gets some critics from someone having followed a masterclass on youtube.
    I’m an amateur middleaged, and yes you need maturity to understand Schubert. When Richter plays almost half an hour over the first movement d 960, it makes sense, Schubert almost confronted with death.
    You have to know how to teach that…

  • ignace Erauw says:

    Correction. Schiff in the RCM went over Beethoven. He also waited some 30 years before recording them. And for me, it’s one of, if not the standard.

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