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Jorge Bolet - Encores


Release Date: 10/29/2008 
Label:  Decca   Catalog #: 417361   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Isaac AlbenizGeorges BizetFrédéric ChopinClaude Debussy,   ... 
Performer:  Jorge Bolet
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 0 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

The arranging is marvelous, shot through with shafts of sunlight which the originals sometimes only suggest, and it is all played with the unfailing wizardry of Bolet.

Encores in the concert hall were of two types: stunning, to have the natives gasping; relaxing, after a tornado of a concerto. Both worked, in the right hands; but somehow the same situation does not apply on disc today. Thus, the apparent contradiction of a whole record of encores, one after the other. An unreal situation (in all normal concert conditions, two were about the limit); yet one that seems to work: obviously the records sell, and I cannot be the only listener who thinks 18 encores in succession to be distinctly more relaxing than eight
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Especially when played as enchantingly as they are here. Most of those chosen by Bolet (presumably) are of the stunning type, in one way or another. Not quite all the Chopin are, and of course the Debussy is not. But, the others, even if their titles sound innocent enough (Rosamunde, Tango, Elegie), have been elaborated; many of them, I am happy to report, by the totally irreverent and totally captivating Leopold Godowsky, best in my view of all the Germanic arrangers.

The quality of the verse is doubtful, the quality of the arranging is not: it 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 Schlozer. ''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 regularly used this study for practice purposes, information gleaned from an accompanying booklet which actually manages to get the encores in very nearly the right order.

None of these encores would be worth two pins, of course, without the unfailing wizardry of Bolet. He is also splendidly recorded. It is difficult to see how an encore-fancier could greet this record with anything but the most delighted of, well encores.

-- Gramophone [7/1987]
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Works on This Recording

1.
Hojas de album (6), Op. 165 "España": no 2, Tango by Isaac Albeniz
Performer:  Jorge Bolet (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1890; London, England 
Date of Recording: 12/1985 
Venue:  St Barnabas' Church, Finchley, London 
Length: 3 Minutes 28 Secs. 
2.
L'arlésienne: Suite no 1 - 3rd movement, Adagietto by Georges Bizet
Performer:  Jorge Bolet (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1872; France 
Date of Recording: 12/1985 
Venue:  St Barnabas' Church, Finchley, London 
Length: 2 Minutes 34 Secs. 
Notes: Transcribed: Godowsky 
3.
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 
Date of Recording: 12/1985 
Venue:  St Barnabas' Church, Finchley, London 
Length: 2 Minutes 38 Secs. 
4.
Etudes (12) for Piano, Op. 25: no 2 in F minor by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Jorge Bolet (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1836; Paris, France 
Date of Recording: 12/1985 
Venue:  St Barnabas' Church, Finchley, London 
Length: 1 Minutes 38 Secs. 
5.
Etudes (12) for Piano, Op. 25: no 11 in A minor by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Jorge Bolet (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1834; Paris, France 
Date of Recording: 12/1985 
Venue:  St Barnabas' Church, Finchley, London 
Length: 4 Minutes 12 Secs. 
6.
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 
Date of Recording: 03/1985 
Venue:  St Barnabas' Church, Finchley, London 
Length: 5 Minutes 13 Secs. 
7.
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 
Date of Recording: 03/1985 
Venue:  St Barnabas' Church, Finchley, London 
Length: 3 Minutes 51 Secs. 
8.
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 
Date of Recording: 12/1985 
Venue:  St Barnabas' Church, Finchley, London 
Length: 1 Minutes 54 Secs. 
9.
Waltz for Piano in E minor, B 56 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Jorge Bolet (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1830; Poland 
Date of Recording: 12/1985 
Venue:  St Barnabas' Church, Finchley, London 
Length: 3 Minutes 5 Secs. 
10.
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 
Date of Recording: 12/1985 
Venue:  St Barnabas' Church, Finchley, London 
Length: 2 Minutes 39 Secs. 
11.
Rosamunde, D 797/Op. 26: Ballet music by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Jorge Bolet (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1823; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 12/1985 
Venue:  St Barnabas' Church, Finchley, London 
Length: 3 Minutes 57 Secs. 
Notes: Transcribed: Leopold Godowsky (1922) 
12.
Pieces (3) for Piano after Rameau: no 2, Elegie by Leopold Godowsky
Performer:  Jorge Bolet (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: USA 
Date of Recording: 12/1985 
Venue:  St Barnabas' Church, Finchley, London 
Length: 3 Minutes 25 Secs. 
13.
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 
Date of Recording: 12/1985 
Venue:  St Barnabas' Church, Finchley, London 
Length: 2 Minutes 38 Secs. 
14.
Rondo capriccioso for Piano in E major, Op. 14 by Felix Mendelssohn
Performer:  Jorge Bolet (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1824; Germany 
Date of Recording: 12/1985 
Venue:  St Barnabas' Church, Finchley, London 
Length: 6 Minutes 54 Secs. 
15.
Characteristic Pieces (8), Op. 36: no 4, En automne by Moritz Moszkowski
Performer:  Jorge Bolet (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: Germany 
Date of Recording: 12/1985 
Venue:  St Barnabas' Church, Finchley, London 
Length: 2 Minutes 37 Secs. 
16.
Fantaisies (6) for Piano, Op. 52: no 4, La Jongleuse by Moritz Moszkowski
Performer:  Jorge Bolet (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: Germany 
Date of Recording: 12/1985 
Venue:  St Barnabas' Church, Finchley, London 
Length: 2 Minutes 1 Secs. 
17.
Etudes (2) for Piano, Op. 1: no 2 in A flat major by Paul de Schlözer
Performer:  Jorge Bolet (Piano)
Date of Recording: 12/1985 
Venue:  St Barnabas' Church, Finchley, London 
Length: 3 Minutes 48 Secs. 
18.
Lieder (6), Op. 17: no 2, Ständchen by Richard Strauss
Performer:  Jorge Bolet (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1885-1887; Germany 
Date of Recording: 12/1985 
Venue:  St Barnabas' Church, Finchley, London 
Length: 3 Minutes 7 Secs. 
Notes: Transcribed: Godowsky 

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