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With new box set, pianist Leon Fleisher celebrates the sounds of a lifetime
With new box set, pianist Leon Fleisher celebrates the sounds of a lifetime

On an upper floor of the Peabody Conservatory the other day, the sound of a piano played by a single hand could be heard coming from Leon Fleisher's studio. Even through the closed, thick door, there was no mistaking the authority behind that sound. Fleisher, who turned 85 on July 23, remains one of the most compelling pianists in the world, whether playing with one hand or two — only for the past dozen or so years, thanks to Botox injections, has he enjoyed limited reuse of his right hand, immobilized nearly five decades ago because of focal dystonia. Inside his studio at the conservatory, Fleisher talked about his health, his career and future plans. "My right hand is...

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