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Liszt: Piano Works / Jorge Bolet


Release Date: 10/09/2001 
Label:  Decca   Catalog #: 467801   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Franz Liszt
Performer:  Jorge Bolet
Conductor:  Iván FischerSir Georg Solti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony OrchestraLondon Philharmonic Orchestra
Number of Discs: 9 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 9 Hours 6 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

You're guaranteed to profit by investing in this collection, for Bolet's subtle, seasoned mastery grows on you with each rehearing.

Whoever said "an aristocrat never hurries" might well have referred to Jorge Bolet's Liszt recordings for Decca, now conveniently gathered together in a space-saving, budget-priced boxed set. Bolet was in his mid-60s when he embarked on this series, and he harbored no inclination to outdazzle his younger Lisztian cohorts. His noble, full-bodied sound and elegant reserve largely bypass the showmanship and outward panache we associate with Liszt. Instead, Bolet stresses the composer's lyric breadth and luminescent textures. As I commented in my earlier review of selections from
Read more Bolet's Decca Liszt output, climaxes are coaxed from the key beds rather than pounded out. His suave and caressing scales and runs contrast to the fire-and-brimstone pianists such as Lazar Berman and Gyorgy Cziffra serve up in Liszt's more fierce Transcendental Etudes and the Tarantella from "Venezia e Napoli". In addition, Bolet's tempos rarely move faster than Liszt's arching melodies can be projected by the human voice.


Passages often treated mechanically, such as the unisons at the outset of Mephisto Waltz No. 1, the taxing octave sequences in the B minor Sonata, the so-called "Dante" Sonata, and Orage, and the glissandos in Totentanz, truly sing under Bolet's fingers. Listen also to the Don Juan Fantasy, where Mozart's original vocal lines in the central Don Giovanni/Zerlina duet patiently float under and above the elaborate filigree. Similarly, Bolet parses the Petrarca Sonetto and Liebesträume triumvirates in a manner that illuminates the composer's original conceptions of these works as songs. And the same holds true for the leisurely elegance Bolet brings to a selection of Liszt's Schubert lieder transcriptions. Besides the aforementioned Totentanz, Bolet's thoughtfully detailed solo work in the Malédiction and Hungarian Fantasy are complemented by Iván Fischer's incisive podium support.


Georg Solti and the London Philharmonic also spur Bolet on to inspired heights in Liszt's recasting of Schubert's Wanderer Fantasy. A live 1988 performance of the difficult Réminiscences de Norma, based on Bellini's opera, shows how Bolet could still summon enough thunder to galvanize audiences when he chose. Along similar lines, listeners should note the pianist's ravishingly nuanced and fleet-fingered Waldesrauschen and Valse-Impromptu. Decca's booklet notes include Jeremy Nichols' perceptive and balanced appraisal of Bolet's Lisztian legacy. You're guaranteed to profit by investing in this collection, for Bolet's subtle, seasoned mastery grows on you with each rehearing.
--Jed Distler, ClassicsToday.com Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Hungarian Rhapsodies (19) for Piano, S 244: no 12 in C sharp minor by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Jorge Bolet (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1846-1885; Weimar, Germany 
2.
Sonata for Piano in B minor, S 178 by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Jorge Bolet (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1852-1853; Weimar, Germany 
3.
Liebesträume for Piano, S 541 by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Jorge Bolet (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: circa 1850; Weimar, Germany 
4.
Episodes from Lenau's Faust, S 110: no 2, Der Tanz in der Dorfschenke "Mephisto Waltz no 1" by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Jorge Bolet (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1861; Weimar, Germany 
5.
Transcendental Etudes (12) for Piano, S 139 by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Jorge Bolet (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1851; Weimar, Germany 
6.
Réminiscences de Norma (Bellini), S 394 by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Jorge Bolet (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1841; Paris, France 
7.
Hungarian Fantasy for Piano and Orchestra, S 123 by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Jorge Bolet (Piano)
Conductor:  Iván Fischer
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: ?1852; Weimar, Germany 
8.
Liebesträume for Piano, S 541: no 3, O Lieb, so lang by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Jorge Bolet (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: circa 1850; Weimar, Germany 
9.
Harmonies poétiques et réligieuses, S 173: no 7, Funérailles by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Jorge Bolet (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1845-1852; Weimar, Germany 
10.
Paraphrase on Quartet from Verdi's "Rigoletto", S 434 by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Jorge Bolet (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1859; Weimar, Germany 
11.
Transcendental Etudes (6) after Paganini, S 140: no 3 "La Campanella" by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Jorge Bolet (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1838; Switzerland 
12.
Wanderer Fantasy (Schubert) for Piano and Orchestra, S 366 by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Jorge Bolet (Piano)
Conductor:  Sir Georg Solti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: by 1852; Weimar, Germany 
13.
Die Forelle (Schubert, 1st version) for Piano, S 563 no 6 by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Jorge Bolet (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1846; Hungary 
14.
Der Müller und der Bach (Schubert) for Piano, S 565 no 2 by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Jorge Bolet (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1846; Hungary 
15.
Wohin? (Schubert) for Piano, S 565 no 5 by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Jorge Bolet (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1846; Hungary 
16.
Lebewohl (Schubert) for Piano, S 563 no 1 by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Jorge Bolet (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1846; Hungary 
17.
Das Wandern (Schubert) for Piano, S 565 no 1 by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Jorge Bolet (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1846; Hungary 
18.
Winterreise (Schubert) for Piano, S 561: no 7, Der Lindenbaum by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Jorge Bolet (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1839; Switzerland 
19.
Ständchen "Horch, horch!" (Schubert) for Piano, S 558 no 9 by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Jorge Bolet (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1837-1838; France 
20.
Auf dem Wasser zu singen (Schubert) for Piano, S 558 no 2 by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Jorge Bolet (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1837-1838; France 
21.
Winterreise (Schubert) for Piano, S 561: no 4, Die Post by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Jorge Bolet (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1839; Switzerland 
22.
Schwanengesang (Schubert), S 560: no 3, Aufenthalt by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Jorge Bolet (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1838-1839; Switzerland 
23.
Lob der Tränen (Schubert) for Piano, S 557 by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Jorge Bolet (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1837; France 
24.
Erlkönig (Schubert) for Piano, S 558 no 4 by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Jorge Bolet (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1837-1838; France 
25.
Valse impromptu for Piano, S 213 by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Jorge Bolet (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: circa 1850; Weimar, Germany 
26.
Grand galop chromatique for Piano, S 219 by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Jorge Bolet (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1838; Switzerland 
27.
Années de pčlerinage, deuxičme année, S 161 "Italie" by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Jorge Bolet (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1837-1849; Weimar, Germany 
28.
Venezia e Napoli, S 162 by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Jorge Bolet (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1859; Weimar, Germany 
29.
Années de pčlerinage no 3, S 163: no 4, Les jeux d'eaux ŕ la Villa d'Este by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Jorge Bolet (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1867-1877; Rome, Italy 
30.
Harmonies poétiques et réligieuses, S 173: no 3, Bénédiction de Dieu dans la solitude by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Jorge Bolet (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1845-1852; Weimar, Germany 
31.
Ballade for Piano no 2 in B minor, S 171 by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Jorge Bolet (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1853; Weimar, Germany 
32.
Concert Etudes (2) for Piano, S 145 by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Jorge Bolet (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: ?1862-63; Rome, Italy 
Notes: This selection is an ADD recording. 
33.
Concert Etudes (3) for Piano, S 144 by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Jorge Bolet (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: circa 1848; Weimar, Germany 
Notes: This selection is an ADD recording. 
34.
Consolations (6) for Piano, S 172 by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Jorge Bolet (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1849-1850; Weimar, Germany 
35.
Réminiscences de Don Juan (Mozart), S 418 by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Jorge Bolet (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1841; Germany 
36.
Csárdás macabre for Piano, S 224 by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Jorge Bolet (Piano)
Conductor:  Iván Fischer
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1881-1882; Rome, Italy 
37.
Malédiction, S 121 by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Jorge Bolet (Piano)
Conductor:  Iván Fischer
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: circa 1840; Switzerland 
38.
Années de pčlerinage, premičre année, S 160 "Suisse" by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Jorge Bolet (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: Weimar, Germany 
Notes: Composition written: Weimar, Germany (1848 - 1854). 
39.
Totentanz, S 126 by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Jorge Bolet (Piano)
Conductor:  Iván Fischer
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1849/1859; Weimar, Germany 

Sound Samples

Hungarian Rhapsody No.12 in C sharp minor, S.244
Liebestraum No.3 in A flat, S.541 No.3
Mephisto Waltz No.1, S.514
10 Harmonies poétiques et religieuses, S.173: No. 7 Funérailles
Concert Paraphrase on Rigoletto, S.434 after Verdi's opera
6 Etudes d'exécution transcendante d'aprčs Paganini, S.140: 3. La Campanella
Die Forelle, S. 564 piano transcription after Schubert
Der Müller und der Bach (after Schubert)
Wohin?, S565/5 (after Schubert)
Lebe Wohl!, S563/1 (after Schubert)
Das Wandern, S565/1 (after Schubert)
Der Lindenbaum, S246/7 (after Schubert)
Ständchen ("Horch, horch! die Lerch"), S.558 No.9 piano transcription after Schubert
Auf dem Wasser zu singen, S. 558 No.2 piano transcription after Schubert
Die Post, S561/4 (after Schubert)
Schwanengesang, S.560 - piano transcriptions after Schubert: No.3 Aufenthalt
Lob der Tränen, S557 (after Schubert)
Erlkönig, S.558 No.4 Piano transcription after Schubert's D.328
Fantasy in C Major "Wanderer" - Arr. Liszt for Piano & Orchestra: 1. Allegro con fuoco
Fantasy in C Major "Wanderer" - Arr. Liszt for Piano & Orchestra: 2. Adagio
Fantasy in C Major "Wanderer" - Arr. Liszt for Piano & Orchestra: 3. Presto
Fantasy in C Major "Wanderer" - Arr. Liszt for Piano & Orchestra: 4. Allegro

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