BOLET, JORGE Works by Moszkowski, Saint-Saens, Godowsky, Schumann, Liszt, Chopin. Audite 3cds
Années de Pèlerinage. 1e Année: Suisse (excerpts)
Études d’exécution transcendante (excerpts)
Liebesträume. 3 Notturnos
Moszkowski: Acht Charakterstücke, Op. 36/4 (En automne)
Saint-Saëns / Godowsky: Le cygne ‘The Swan’
Godowsky: Le salon
Schumann / Liszt: Liebeslied (Myrthen, Op. 25/1)
Metamorphosis No. 2 ‘Fledermaus’
Fantasia in F minor, Op. 49
Impromptus, Opp. 29 / 36 / 51 / 66
Waltz in D-flat major, Op. 64/1
Etude in G-flat major, Op. 10/5
Debussy: Préludes I + II (excerpts)
Jorge Bolet – the last gentleman of the piano: The pianistic and musical authority and grandeur of this extraordinary pianist documented in RIAS recordings from
Cuban-American pianist Jorge Bolet (1914-1990), misleadingly labeled the “last Romantic” among 20th century pianists and marketed under this title when he achieved world fame at the end of his career, was first and foremost a gentleman of the piano.
Few pianists interpreted the great piano music of the 19th and early 20th centuries with such unerring stylistic assurance and technical mastery that was at the same time completely free of vanity and striving for effect.
Rather than vague sentimentality, Bolet – who studied at the worldrenowned Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia with David Saperton, son-in-law of the legendary pianist Leopold Godowsky, and later succeeded Rudolf Serkin as director of its piano department – sought a balance between musical and pianistic intelligence. Thanks to these qualities, his recordings, which include not-uncontroversial transcriptions from the golden age of piano playing before 1914, are considered benchmarks. These recordings for the RIAS Berlin from 1962–73, featuring works by Chopin, Liszt, and Debussy along with highly virtuosic encores and arrangements by Moritz Moszkowski and Godowsky (among others), are no exception: here we experience a pianist and musician who rightly occupies a place among the pantheon of great pianists.
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