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Piano Encores / Jorge Bolet


Release Date: 10/14/2014 
Label:  Eloquence   Catalog #: 002126902   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Felix MendelssohnFrédéric ChopinClaude DebussyLeopold Godowsky,   ... 
Performer:  Jorge Bolet
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews



PIANO ENCORES Jorge Bolet (pn) DECCA ELOQUENCE 480 1138 (60:09)


MENDELSSOHN Rondo capriccioso. Lied ohne Worte: Jägerlied. CHOPIN Nocturnes: No. 2; No. 5. Waltzes: No. 6; No. 15. Etudes, op. 25/1,2,11. DEBUSSY Préludes, Book I: La fille aux chevaux de lin. Read more SCHUBERT-GODOWSKY Rosamunde: Ballet Music. ALBÉNIZ-GODOWSKY Tango, op. 65/2. GODOWSKY Elégie. R. STRAUSS-GODOWSKY Ständchen. BIZET-GODOWSKY L’arlésienne. MOSZKOWSKI Characteristic Pieces: En automne. Etudes: Jongleuse. SCHLÖZER Etude, op. 1/2


This is music in which Jorge Bolet absolutely excelled. Right from the notes that open the Mendelssohn Rondo capriccioso , it is clear he loves every moment of this recital of music that is evidently very close to his heart. The cantabile touch is spot on, tender and intimate; the cheek of the Rondo is perfectly judged. The ensuing “Jägerlied” is hunting of the most enchanted kind, infused with the spirit of Midsummer Night’s Dream.


That Bolet captures the half-lights of both Chopin nocturnes is testimony to his expressive range. Bolet is unapologetic about injecting a sense of distancing, of nostalgia in the delightful waltzes, which in context makes his readings all the more charming. I heard Bolet encore the Etude, op. 25/1, in London once, and the present recording holds some of his magic. Subsidiary, contained inner lines have a life all of their own. The F-Minor (No. 2) is a model of fluidity, while the more extended A-Minor (No. 11) is pure Bolet territory. Again, I heard him encore the latter live, and there was the same sense of expectancy to the simple opening statements, a sense of pregnancy that was burst by the ensuing explosion of virtuosity. Perhaps the bursting of the bubble was more unbuttoned live, less studio-restrained, but this remains a splendid document, testament to Bolet’s mastery.


Interestingly, the Debussy Prélude is an intimate delight, and yet the disc of 16 préludes in this series (480 1131, reviewed elsewhere) was, overall, a disappointment. More delightful still, though, is the Schubert-Godowsky Rosamunde piece, followed by the sultry, seductive Albéniz Tango.


Nice to see some “pure” Godowsky, the Elégie for the left hand, written in Paris in 1929. It is simply beautifully played and, as far as I can see, appears to be the only currently available version of this work in the catalog. The Richard Strauss Ständchen in the Godowsky arrangement, though, was the one track that every time I was listening to the disc, I had to play again straight away. Here is true beauty, not just in terms of expression but also in the honeyed, conspiratorial sound that Bolet draws from his instrument. Moszkowski, who many may know via Horowitz’s “Etincelles” is represented by “En automne” (from the same set of Characteristic Pieces as “Etincelles”), with its swirling figures possibly representing the movement of fallen leaves in the wind, and the rather spikier “Jongleuse.” Bolet is right up there with his main rivals in this piece, Rachmaninoff, Levitski, and Josef Hofmann. The final piece on this collection is a mystery. Paul de Schlözer (1841–1898) is something of an enigma, but his Etude is pure Bolet fodder. Its gemütlich harmonies and easy figuration (“easy” as in nonchalantly delivered, and certainly not “easy” as in easy to play) provide the perfect close to the disc.


Bolet referred to the encores he regularly played as “witty and entertaining extensions of the virtuosity implicit in the great Romantics.” In Bolet’s era, there was surely no other exponent to touch him, and we should consider ourselves lucky that this document is here to remind us.


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Works on This Recording

1.
Rondo capriccioso for Piano in E major, Op. 14 by Felix Mendelssohn
Performer:  Jorge Bolet (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1824; Germany 
2.
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 
3.
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 
4.
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 
5.
Waltz for Piano in E minor, B 56 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Jorge Bolet (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1830; Poland 
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 
7.
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 
8.
Etudes (12) for Piano, Op. 25: no 2 in F minor by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Jorge Bolet (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1836; Paris, France 
9.
Etudes (12) for Piano, Op. 25: no 11 in A minor by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Jorge Bolet (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1834; Paris, France 
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 
11.
Paraphrase of ballet music from Schubert's "Rosamunde" by Leopold Godowsky
Performer:  Jorge Bolet (Piano)
12.
Hojas de album (6), Op. 165 "España": no 2, Tango by Isaac Albeniz
Performer:  Jorge Bolet (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1890; London, England 
13.
Elégie for Piano left hand by Leopold Godowsky
Performer:  Jorge Bolet (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1929; Paris, France 
14.
Lieder (6), Op. 17: no 2, Ständchen by Richard Strauss
Performer:  Jorge Bolet (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1885-1887; Germany 
15.
Adagietto from "L'Arlésienne" for Piano [after Bizet] by Leopold Godowsky
Performer:  Jorge Bolet (Piano)
16.
Characteristic Pieces (8), Op. 36: no 4, En automne by Moritz Moszkowski
Performer:  Jorge Bolet (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: Germany 
17.
Fantaisies (6) for Piano, Op. 52: no 4, La Jongleuse by Moritz Moszkowski
Performer:  Jorge Bolet (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: Germany 
18.
Etudes (2) for Piano, Op. 1: no 2 in A flat major by Paul de Schlözer
Performer:  Jorge Bolet (Piano)

Sound Samples

Rondo capriccioso, Op.14
Lieder ohne Worte, Op.19: No. 3 in A (Molto allegro) "Hunting Song"
Nocturne in F Sharp Major, Op.15, No.2
Waltz No.6 in D Flat, Op.64 No.1- "Minute Waltz"
Waltz No.14 in E Minor, Op.Posth.
Nocturne No.2 in E Flat, Op.9 No.2
12 Etudes, Op.25: No.1 in A Flat "Harp Study"
12 Etudes, Op.25: No. 2 in F Minor
12 Etudes, Op.25: No. 11 in A Minor, "Winter Wind"
Préludes - Book 1: 8. La fille aux cheveux de lin
Rosamunde, D.797
Tango, Op.165, No.2
Elegy For The Left Hand Alone
Ständchen, Op.17, No.2
L'Arlésienne Suite No.1 - Arranged Leopold Godowsky: Adagietto
In Autumn, Op.36, No.4
La Jongleuse, Op.52, No.4
Étude Op.1, No.2

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