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The Pulitzer Prize-winning Become Ocean by John Luther Adams is one of NPR Classical's favorite albums of 2014.
December 12, 2014 Our happy duty: finding 10 releases from 2014 that we can't wait to share.
Austrian pianist Paul Wittgenstein (who later became an American citizen) lost an arm in World War I. He commissioned composers including Maurice Ravel to write pieces for the left hand alone.
July 28, 2014 One hundred years after the start of World War I, hear a range of pop and classical music from artists of the era. Some music reflects the war's violence, some gives solace.
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Supreme Court Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, a dedicated advocate of classical music.
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May 16, 2012 Piano legend Leon Fleisher plays for the Supreme Court today, while Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg reveals her list of favorite recordings.
July 23, 2008 Fleisher celebrates his 80th birthday Wednesday. Critic Tim Page chooses some of the pianist's finest recordings, highlighting Fleisher's remarkable career of triumph, loss, and rejuvenation.
April 5, 2008 Pianist Leon Fleisher is perhaps the most well-known case of a musician being sidelined by a debilitating injury. After being unable to play with his right hand, he re-invented himself as a left-handed player and conductor. Leah Fleisher, his daughter and a physical therapist, tries to make sure that doesn't happen to other musicians.
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November 4, 2007 Choosing five favorite recordings is a tall order for any music lover, but especially for Yo-Yo Ma. Put a cello in his hands and he's likely to play anything, from Samba to Shostakovich. The musically omnivorous super-cellist picks his top five favorites.
September 12, 2007 Seventy-nine-year-old Leon Fleisher was named a Kennedy Center Honoree today. Fleisher was one of the finest pianists of his generation. But then tragedy hit. He suffered a hand injury that changed his career and his life. After years of playing with just one hand, Fleisher is back with both.
February 25, 2007 Nathaniel Kahn's film Two Hands, a film about pianist Leon Fleisher's 30-year struggle to return to the concert stage, is nominated for an Academy Award for Best Documentary Short Subject.
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January 31, 2007 Twenty years of programs, two hours a day, every day. That's around 45-thousand performances, recorded in places as remote as alpine ski villages in South Korea, to the great cathedrals of music in Paris, to chamber music festivals in the hills of New Mexico, to NPR's own Studio 4-A. It's impossible to squeeze 20 years into two hours, so here are some sweet memories, thrilling performances, and even a few flukes.
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August 7, 2006 Pianist Leon Fleisher has faced many obstacles over the years, due to a debilitating hand condition. He's regained the use of that hand now, and uses both hands to play the Bach chorale "Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring" at Shriver Hall on the campus of Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore.
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