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Jorge Bolet - The Last Romantic

Bolet,Jorge
Release Date: 09/03/2013 
Label:  Decca   Catalog #: 1037610  
Composer:  Frédéric ChopinClaude DebussyFelix MendelssohnCésar Franck,   ... 
Performer:  Jorge Bolet
Number of Discs: 9 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

[M]any of [the arrangements], I am happy to report, [are] by the totally irreverent and totally captivating Leopold Godowsky, best in my view of all the Germanic arrangers... the quality of the arranging is...marvellous, shot through with shafts of sunlight which the original music sometimes suggests only with difficulty. Godowski offers one original, the Elegie for left hand only: this should be in the repertoire of all pianists restricted by that particular limitation. Among the other virtuoso-type originals Moszkowski comes up well; and so does Paul de Schlözer. ''Paul de who?'', you have just said, just as I did. It turns out that he was a Russian pianist, teacher and composer living from 1841 to 1898, and that Rachmaninov Read more regularly used this study for practice purposes...

– Gramophone [7/1987], reviewing the Godowsky, Moszkowski, and Schlözer recordings

The [Chopin Variations] takes the sombre C minor Prelude from Chopin's Op. 28 set for its theme, although this never undergoes any very drastic transformation. Nevertheless, in Bolet's sensitive hands the piece entirely retained my interest. I especially admired his ability here to endow the less impressive moments with seriousness and care. Bolet is adept at varying his touch and tone and so succeeds in distracting the listener from the etude-like aspects of several of the variations.

The selection of Preludes finds him very much on home ground. The way in which the hackneyed C sharp minor Prelude rises in majesty from the instrument, almost reminiscent of Debussy, allows one to hear it with new ears. The G minor Prelude, though rather austere and quite humourless in the main part, features that masterly delineation of lines in the middle section that was one of the hallmarks of the great pianists of the past.

– James Methuen-Campbell, Gramophone [8/1988], reviewing the Rachmaninov recordings

As applause and an occasional cough confirm, these are live concert performances, recorded in 1988 when Bolet was already 74. And never—on the admittedly all too few of his discs to have come my way—can I recall him playing with more personal warmth. This is at once apparent in Mendelssohn's E minor Prelude and Fugue, where without a moment's loss of contrapuntal clarity he responds with such immediacy to romantic undercurrents—and not least in the mounting urgency and might of the chorale-peaked Fugue. The final return of its searching, chromatically inflected E minor opening subject, in a tranquil E major, is benedictory.

His piano is a Baldwin, perhaps just a shade steely higher up (at least on my equipment), yet capable of rich, organ-like sonority (very faithfully reproduced) in the fuller climaxes of Franck's Prelude, Choral et Fugue. At times in later years I had thought him over-cautious in choice of tempo, but there is certainly no hint of that here. At its start, you might even think the fugue (marked Largamente) marginally too fast, though you very soon realize how much this tempo contributes to the urgency and continuity of his conception as a whole.

For the best of all you must wait to the end. Totally unstrained by Liszt's virtuoso demands, Bolet plays the Reminiscences de Norma not only with a truly orchestral range of dynamics and colour but also with quite exceptional intensity—always knowing so well how to 'guard' secrets until the great moments of revelation arrive. In short, I felt I'd been taken just as close to the heart of the matter as when hearing the opera itself, with Callas in the title role, in the age-old, open-air theatre of Epidaurus on a never-to-be-forgotten night in August 1960. All thanks to Bolet—and Liszt too.

– Joan Chissell, Gramophone [4/1994], reviewing the Mendelssohn Prelude and Fugue, as well as the Franck and Liszt recordings Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Ballade for Piano no 1 in G minor, B 66/Op. 23 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Jorge Bolet (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1831-1835 
2.
Ballade for Piano no 2 in F major/a minor, B 102/Op. 38 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Jorge Bolet (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1836-1839; Paris, France 
3.
Ballade for Piano no 3 in A flat major, B 136/Op. 47 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Jorge Bolet (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1840-1841; Paris, France 
4.
Ballade for Piano no 4 in F minor, B 146/Op. 52 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Jorge Bolet (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1842; Paris, France 
5.
Barcarolle for Piano in F sharp major, B 158/Op. 60 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Jorge Bolet (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1845-1846; Paris, France 
6.
Fantasie for Piano in F minor/A flat major, B 137/Op. 49 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Jorge Bolet (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1841; Paris, France 
7.
Preludes (24) for Piano, Op. 28 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Jorge Bolet (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1836-1839; Paris, France 
8.
Nocturnes (3) for Piano, Op. 15: no 2 in F sharp major by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Jorge Bolet (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1830-1831; Poland 
9.
Nocturnes (2) for Piano, Op. 27: no 2 in D flat major, B 96 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Jorge Bolet (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1835; Paris, France 
10.
Nocturnes (2) for Piano, Op. 27: no 1 in C sharp minor, B 91 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Jorge Bolet (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1835; Paris, France 
11.
Nocturnes (2) for Piano, B 161/Op. 62: no 2 in E major by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Jorge Bolet (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1846; Paris, France 
12.
Nocturnes (2) for Piano, B 152/Op. 55: no 1 in F minor by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Jorge Bolet (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1843; Paris, France 
13.
Waltzes (3) for Piano, B 164/Op. 64: no 1 in D flat major "Minute Waltz" by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Jorge Bolet (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1846-1847; Paris, France 
14.
Waltz for Piano in E minor, B 56 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Jorge Bolet (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1830; Poland 
15.
Nocturnes (3) for Piano, B 54/Op. 9: no 2 in E flat major by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Jorge Bolet (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1830-1831; Poland 
16.
Etudes (12) for Piano, Op. 25: no 2 in F minor by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Jorge Bolet (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1836; Paris, France 
17.
Etudes (12) for Piano, Op. 25: no 11 in A minor by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Jorge Bolet (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1834; Paris, France 
18.
Etudes (12) for Piano, Op. 25: no 1 in A flat major by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Jorge Bolet (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1836; Paris, France 
19.
Préludes, Book 2: no 8, Ondine by Claude Debussy
Performer:  Jorge Bolet (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1912-1913; France 
20.
Préludes, Book 2: no 7, La terrasse des audiences du clair de lune by Claude Debussy
Performer:  Jorge Bolet (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1912-1913; France 
21.
Préludes, Book 2: no 6, General Lavine - eccentric by Claude Debussy
Performer:  Jorge Bolet (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1912-1913; France 
22.
Préludes, Book 2: no 5, Bruyères by Claude Debussy
Performer:  Jorge Bolet (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1912-1913; France 
23.
Préludes, Book 2: no 3, La puerta del vino by Claude Debussy
Performer:  Jorge Bolet (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1912-1913; France 
24.
Préludes, Book 2: no 12, Feux d'artifice by Claude Debussy
Performer:  Jorge Bolet (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1912-1913; France 
25.
Préludes, Book 2: no 10, Canope by Claude Debussy
Performer:  Jorge Bolet (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1912-1913; France 
26.
Préludes, Book 1: no 9, La sérénade interrompue by Claude Debussy
Performer:  Jorge Bolet (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1910; France 
27.
Préludes, Book 1: no 8, La fille aux cheveux de lin by Claude Debussy
Performer:  Jorge Bolet (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1909-1910; France 
28.
Préludes, Book 1: no 7, Ce qu'a vu le vent d'ouest by Claude Debussy
Performer:  Jorge Bolet (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1910; France 
29.
Préludes, Book 1: no 6, Des pas sur la neige by Claude Debussy
Performer:  Jorge Bolet (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1909; France 
30.
Préludes, Book 1: no 3, Le vent dans la plaine by Claude Debussy
Performer:  Jorge Bolet (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1909; France 
31.
Préludes, Book 1: no 12, Minstrels by Claude Debussy
Performer:  Jorge Bolet (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1909-1910; France 
32.
Préludes, Book 1: no 10, La cathédrale engloutie by Claude Debussy
Performer:  Jorge Bolet (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1910; France 
33.
Préludes, Book 1: no 1, Danseuses de Delphes by Claude Debussy
Performer:  Jorge Bolet (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1909; France 
34.
Préludes, Book 1: no 11, La danse de Puck by Claude Debussy
Performer:  Jorge Bolet (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1910; France 
35.
Preludes and Fugues (6) for Piano, Op. 35: no 1 in E minor by Felix Mendelssohn
Performer:  Jorge Bolet (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1837; Germany 
Date of Recording:   
Venue:    
36.
Prelude, Chorale and Fugue for Piano, M 21 by César Franck
Performer:  Jorge Bolet (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1884; France 
Date of Recording:   
Venue:    
37.
Réminiscences de Norma (Bellini), S 394 by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Jorge Bolet (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1841; Paris, France 
Date of Recording:   
Venue:    
38.
Studies (53) on Chopin Etudes: no 7 in G flat major (after Op. 10 no 5) by Leopold Godowsky
Performer:  Jorge Bolet (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1894-1914; Berlin, Germany 
39.
Studies (53) on Chopin Etudes: no 5 in D flat major (after Op. 10 no 3) "Left Hand" by Leopold Godowsky
Performer:  Jorge Bolet (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1894-1914; Berlin, Germany 
40.
Studies (53) on Chopin Etudes: no 44 by Leopold Godowsky
Performer:  Jorge Bolet (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1894-1914; Berlin, Germany 
41.
Studies (53) on Chopin Etudes: no 25 in A flat major (after Op. 25 no 1) by Leopold Godowsky
Performer:  Jorge Bolet (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1894-1914; Berlin, Germany 
42.
Studies (53) on Chopin Etudes: no 15 in G flat major (after Op. 10 no 7) by Leopold Godowsky
Performer:  Jorge Bolet (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1894-1914; Berlin, Germany 
43.
Studies (53) on Chopin Etudes: no 13 in E flat major (after Op. 10 no 6) "Left Hand" by Leopold Godowsky
Performer:  Jorge Bolet (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1894-1914; Berlin, Germany 
44.
Studies (53) on Chopin Etudes: no 12 in G flat major (after Op. 10 no 5) "Right Hand" by Leopold Godowsky
Performer:  Jorge Bolet (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1894-1914; Berlin, Germany 
45.
Studies (53) on Chopin Etudes: no 1 in C major (after Op. 10 no 1) "Diatonic" by Leopold Godowsky
Performer:  Jorge Bolet (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1894-1914; Berlin, Germany 
46.
Waltz for Piano in D flat major [after Chopin's Op. 64 no 1] by Leopold Godowsky
Performer:  Jorge Bolet (Piano)
47.
Waltz for Piano in A flat major [after Chopin's Op. 64 no 3] by Leopold Godowsky
Performer:  Jorge Bolet (Piano)
48.
Waltz for Piano in A flat major [after Chopin's Op. 69 no 1] by Leopold Godowsky
Performer:  Jorge Bolet (Piano)
49.
Waltz for Piano in F minor [after Chopin's Op. 70 no 2] by Leopold Godowsky
Performer:  Jorge Bolet (Piano)
50.
Waltz for Piano in D Flat major [after Chopin's Op. 70 no 3] by Leopold Godowsky
Performer:  Jorge Bolet (Piano)
51.
Waltz for Piano in E flat major [after Chopin's Op. 18] by Leopold Godowsky
Performer:  Jorge Bolet (Piano)
52.
Morceaux de fantaisies (5), Op. 3: no 2, Prélude in C sharp minor by Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer:  Jorge Bolet (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1892; Russia 
53.
Variations on a theme of Chopin, Op. 22 by Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer:  Jorge Bolet (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1902-1903; Russia 
54.
Preludes (13) for Piano, Op. 32: no 7 in F major, Moderato by Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer:  Jorge Bolet (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1910; Russia 
55.
Preludes (13) for Piano, Op. 32: no 12 in G sharp minor, Allegro by Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer:  Jorge Bolet (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1910; Russia 
56.
Preludes (10) for Piano, Op. 23: no 5 in G minor, Alla marcia by Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer:  Jorge Bolet (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1901; Russia 
57.
Preludes (10) for Piano, Op. 23: no 10 in G flat major, Largo by Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer:  Jorge Bolet (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1901-1903; Russia 
58.
Morceaux de fantaisies (5), Op. 3: no 3, Mélodie in E major by Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer:  Jorge Bolet (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: Russia 
59.
Sonata for Piano in A major, D 959 by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Jorge Bolet (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1828; Vienna, Austria 
60.
Sonata for Piano in A minor, D 784/Op. 143 by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Jorge Bolet (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1823; Vienna, Austria 
61.
Carnaval, Op. 9 by Robert Schumann
Performer:  Jorge Bolet (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1833-1835; Germany 
Date of Recording: 01/1986 
Venue:  London 
Length: 32 Minutes 18 Secs. 
62.
Phantasie for Piano in C major, Op. 17 by Robert Schumann
Performer:  Jorge Bolet (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1836-1838; Germany 
Date of Recording: 01/1986 
Venue:  London 
Length: 33 Minutes 2 Secs. 
63.
Rondo capriccioso for Piano in E major, Op. 14 by Felix Mendelssohn
Performer:  Jorge Bolet (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1824; Germany 
64.
Songs without words, vol 1, Op. 19b: no 3, Molto allegro in A major "Hunting Song" by Felix Mendelssohn
Performer:  Jorge Bolet (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1829; Germany 
65.
Transcription of Albeniz's "Tango" by Leopold Godowsky
Performer:  Jorge Bolet (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Poland 
66.
Symphonic metamorphoses of Strauss's "Ständchen" by Leopold Godowsky
Performer:  Jorge Bolet (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: Berlin, Germany 
67.
Elégie for Piano left hand by Leopold Godowsky
Performer:  Jorge Bolet (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1929; Paris, France 
68.
Adagietto from "L'Arlésienne" for Piano [after Bizet] by Leopold Godowsky
Performer:  Jorge Bolet (Piano)
69.
Paraphrase of ballet music from Schubert's "Rosamunde" by Leopold Godowsky
Performer:  Jorge Bolet (Piano)
70.
Characteristic Pieces (8), Op. 36: no 4, En automne by Moritz Moszkowski
Performer:  Jorge Bolet (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: Germany 
71.
Fantaisies (6) for Piano, Op. 52: no 4, La Jongleuse by Moritz Moszkowski
Performer:  Jorge Bolet (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: Germany 
72.
Etudes (2) for Piano, Op. 1: no 2 in A flat major by Paul de Schlözer
Performer:  Jorge Bolet (Piano)

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 Superb April 10, 2014 By M. Hereish (Chandler, QC) See All My Reviews "A must to get. Very nice recording, quality of sound A+" Report Abuse
 A great pianist of romantic music January 17, 2014 By Dr John U. (Palo Alto, CA) See All My Reviews "I first encountered Jorge Bolet by accident, when I stumbled onto a master class he conducted about 30 years ago and which was televised on the A&E network. I had arrived a day early for a talk I was scheduled to give at a medical meeting in Puerto Rico, on my way home from meetings in Europe. So I had a free day, and the high point of that free day was to watch this master class, which has just begun as I turned on the television in my hotel room. It was a splendid display of musicianship. I was fascinated to learn that he lived in Los Altos, CA, about 5 miles from my home in Palo Alto. I had struggled in the past with playing several Liszt masterworks from the Anne'es de Pelerinage - Italie, and came away from watching this master class with new insights about those compositions. Unfortunately he died a few years ago, but his romantic genius lives on his numerous recordings, of which this particular disk is a jewel." Report Abuse
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