Jorge Bolet

Biography

Born: November 15, 1914; Havana, Cuba   Died: October 16, 1990; Mountain View, CA  
Virtuoso pianist Jorge Bolet began his keyboard studies at the age of nine. His progress excited his local teachers and he received a scholarship at the age of 12 to study in the United States, at the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia. There his piano teacher was David Saperton. Beginning in 1932 he studied with Leopold Godowsky and Moritz Rosenthal, and, briefly, with Rudolf Serkin. He won the Naumburg Prize in 1937 and the Josef Hofmann Read more Award in 1938. He became Rudolf Serkin's teaching assistant at the Curtis Institute in 1939. In 1942 he joined the United States armed forces. After the end of the war he was a part of the U.S. cccupying forces in Japan. There, he conducted the first performance in that country of Gilbert and Sullivan's The Mikado. He resumed his piano career after taking private lessons with Abram Chasins. Over a period of a few years he developed a reputation as a virtuoso player of astonishing power, able to play the most difficult works by Liszt with an impression of natural ease that left the feeling that there was no limit to his pianistic range. He became the head of the piano faculty at Curtis, and also was on the piano faculty of Indiana University at Bloomington. While in the United States he preferred the pronunciation "George" for his first name.

Until nearly the end of his life he maintained a major performing and recording career. His recordings were primarily for the Decca (London) company. He produced many estimable performances, notably those of the major piano works by Franz Liszt, as well as concertos and other works. As exciting as some of these recordings were, he was an artist whose full range of brilliance was not caught by the microphone. Read less

Biography

Born: November 15, 1914; Havana, Cuba   Died: October 16, 1990; Mountain View, CA  
Virtuoso pianist Jorge Bolet began his keyboard studies at the age of nine. His progress excited his local teachers and he received a scholarship at the age of 12 to study in the United States, at the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia. There his piano teacher was David Saperton. Beginning in 1932 he studied with Leopold Godowsky and Moritz Rosenthal, and, briefly, with Rudolf Serkin. He won the Naumburg Prize in 1937 and the Josef Hofmann Read more
WORKS ALBUMS
TITLE/COMPOSER
LABEL
1. Allegro
2. Andantino
3. Scherzo (Allegro vivace)
4. Rondo (Allegretto)
1. Allegro giusto
2. Andante
3. Allegro vivace
Prelude No. 1 in E Minor, MWV U116
Fugue No. 1 in E Minor, MWV U66
I. Allegro assai
II. Andante con moto -
III. Allegro ma non troppo - Presto
I. Allegro non troppo e molto maestoso - Allegro con spirito
II. Andantino semplice - Prestissimo - Tempo I
III. Allegro con fuoco
Liszt: 3 Etudes de Concert, S.144 - No. 1 in A flat "Il lamento" (A capriccio - Allegro cantabile)
Liszt: 3 Etudes de Concert, S.144 - No. 2 in F minor "La leggierezza" (A capriccio - Quasi allegretto)
Liszt: 3 Etudes de Concert, S.144 - No. 3 in D flat "Un sospiro" (Allegro affettuoso)
Liszt: Consolation No.1, Andante con moto
Liszt: Consolation No.2, S.172 - Un poco più mosso
Liszt: Consolation No.3, S.172 - Lento placido
Liszt: Consolation No.4, Quasi Adagio
Liszt: Consolation No.5, Andantino
Liszt: Consolation No.6, S.172 No.6, Allegretto sempre cantabile
Liszt: O lieb, so lang du lieben kannst, S.298
Liszt: O lieb, so lang du lieben kannst, S.298
Liszt: O lieb, so lang du lieben kannst, S.298
Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto No.3 in D minor, Op.30 - 1. Allegro ma non tanto
Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto No.3 in D minor, Op.30 - 2. Intermezzo (Adagio)
Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto No.3 in D minor, Op.30 - 3. Finale (Alla breve)
Schubert: Fantasy in C Major "Wanderer" - Arr. Liszt for Piano & Orchestra - 1. Allegro con fuoco
Schubert: Fantasy in C Major "Wanderer" - Arr. Liszt for Piano & Orchestra - 2. Adagio
Schubert: Fantasy in C Major "Wanderer" - Arr. Liszt for Piano & Orchestra - 3. Presto
Schubert: Fantasy in C Major "Wanderer" - Arr. Liszt for Piano & Orchestra - 4. Allegro
Brahms: Variations and Fugue on a Theme by Handel, Op.24 - Theme & Variations
Brahms: Variations and Fugue on a Theme by Handel, Op.24 - Fugue
Schumann: Fantasie in C, Op.17 - 1. Durchaus fantastisch und leidenschaftlich vorzutragen - Im Legenden-Ton
Schumann: Fantasie in C, Op.17 - 2. Mäßig. Durchaus energisch - Etwas langsamer - Vielbewegter
Schumann: Fantasie in C, Op.17 - 3. Langsam getragen. Durchweg leise zu halten - Etwas bewegter
Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto No.2 in C minor, Op.18 - 1. Moderato
Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto No.2 in C minor, Op.18 - 2. Adagio sostenuto
Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto No.2 in C minor, Op.18 - 3. Allegro scherzando
Tchaikovsky: Piano Concerto No.1 in B flat minor, Op.23 - 1. Allegro non troppo e molto maestoso - Allegro con spirito
Tchaikovsky: Piano Concerto No.1 in B flat minor, Op.23 - 2. Andantino semplice - Prestissimo - Tempo I
Tchaikovsky: Piano Concerto No.1 in B flat minor, Op.23 - 3. Allegro con fuoco
Chopin: Piano Concerto No.1 in E minor, Op.11 - 1. Allegro maestoso
Chopin: Piano Concerto No.1 in E minor, Op.11 - 2. Romance (Larghetto)
Chopin: Piano Concerto No.1 in E minor, Op.11 - 3. Rondo (Vivace)
Liszt: Liebestraum No.3
Liszt: Liebestraum No.3 in A flat, S.541 No.3
Liszt: Piano Sonata in B minor, S.178 - Lento assai - Allegro energico - Grandioso - Recita- tivo
Liszt: Piano Sonata in B minor, S.178 - Andante sostenuto -
Liszt: Piano Sonata in B minor, S.178 - Allegro energico - Andante sostenuto - Lento assai
Liszt: Liebestraum No.1, S.541 No.1
Liszt: Liebestraum No.2, S.541 No.2
Liszt: Liebestraum No.3 in A flat, S.541
Liszt: Venezia e Napoli, S.162 (rev. version 1859) supplement to Années de Pelerinage, 2ème année: Italie (S.161) - 1. Gondoliera
Liszt: Venezia e Napoli, S.162 (rev. version 1859) supplement to Années de Pelerinage, 2ème année: Italie (S.161) - 2. Canzone
Liszt: Venezia e Napoli, S.162 (rev. version 1859) supplement to Années de Pelerinage, 2ème année: Italie (S.161) - 3. Tarantella
Liszt: 12 Etudes d'exécution transcendante, S.139 - No.1 Prélude (Presto)
Liszt: 12 Etudes d'exécution transcendante, S.139 - No.2 Molto vivace
Liszt: 12 Etudes d'exécution transcendante, S.139 - No.3 Paysage (Poco adagio)
Liszt: 12 Etudes d'exécution transcendante, S.139 - No.4 Mazeppa (Presto)
Liszt: 12 Etudes d'exécution transcendante, S.139 - No.5 Feux follets (Allegretto)
Liszt: 12 Etudes d'exécution transcendante, S.139 - No.6 Vision (Lento)
Liszt: 12 Etudes d'exécution transcendante, S.139 - No.7 Eroica (Allegro)
Liszt: 12 Etudes d'exécution transcendante, S.139 - No.8 Wilde Jagd (Presto furioso)
Liszt: 12 Etudes d'exécution transcendante, S.139 - No.9 Ricordanza (Andantino)
Liszt: 12 Etudes d'exécution transcendante, S.139 - No.10 Allegro agitato molto
Liszt: 12 Etudes d'exécution transcendante, S.139 - No.11 Harmonies du soir (Andantino)
Liszt: 12 Etudes d'exécution transcendante, S.139 - No.12 Chasse neige (Andante con moto)
Liszt: 2 Etudes de Concert, S.145 - No.1 Waldesrauschen
Liszt: 2 Etudes de Concert, S.145 - No.2 Gnomenreigen
Liszt: 3 Etudes de Concert, S.144 - No. 1 in A flat "Il lamento" (A capriccio - Allegro cantabile)
Liszt: 3 Etudes de Concert, S.144 - No. 2 in F minor "La leggierezza" (A capriccio - Quasi allegretto)
Liszt: 3 Etudes de Concert, S.144 - No. 3 in D flat "Un sospiro" (Allegro affettuoso)
Liszt: Consolation No.1, Andante con moto
Liszt: Consolation No.2, S.172 - Un poco più mosso
Liszt: Consolation No.3, S.172 - Lento placido
Liszt: Consolation No.4, Quasi Adagio
Liszt: Consolation No.5, Andantino
Liszt: Consolation No.6, S.172 No.6, Allegretto sempre cantabile


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