Leonard Shure (1910-1995) was a superb musician, an important pianist, and an uncompromising and influential teacher. His legacy as a performer lies in a small but significant number of commercial recordings. This release augments that legacy with live performances recorded during his faculty recitals in New England Conservatory’s Jordan Hall late in his life.
Shure recorded the Brahms Phantasien on 78s for Vox in the mid-1940s, but these performances were never re-mastered for release on LP or CD. He recorded the Schumann Fantasy on an Epic LP a decade years later, in the mid-1950s, but this too has never been transferred to CD.
The present discs have been issued in collaboration with the pianist's family, annotated by former Boston Globe music critic, Richard M. Dyer, and restored by the noted engineer, Adam Abeshouse.
“performances of great documentary interest by a more than singular artist.”
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