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Jorge Bolet vol.2

MR 56003 (6cd)

Jorge Bolet

Volume Two

Ambassador from the Golden Age: A Connoisseur\'s Selection for the Bolet Centennial

Jorge Bolet, piano

Recorded 1898-1924


Arthur Rubinstein, during a visit to the Curtis Institute of Music in 1938, singled out just one young artist who was likely to achieve a major career, the twenty-four-year-old Cuban pianist Jorge Bolet, who already (like Rubinstein) had an inimitably beautiful piano tone. The confirmation of Rubinstein’s prediction, however, was to be many decades in coming. Bolet (arguably similar to Rubinstein) had a narrative power and visceral excitement when playing before an audience that he seldom achieved in the recording studio. To celebrate Bolet’s centennial, Marston presents this six-CD collection of concert performances, many of which are all new to the Bolet discography. Jorge Bolet was not the only pianist to have been called “the last romantic,” but he was the only one to have worn the appellation “an old-fashioned Romantic pianist” as a proud badge of honor. He frequently invoked the memories of the pantheon of pianists who were his inspiration—Hofmann, Rachmaninoff, Friedman, Rosenthal, Moiseiwitsch, Cortot, Gieseking, and Paderewski. He said simply, “I wanted to be one of them.”

Here is a collection to prove he achieved just that. Although more than seven hours of Bolet playing, the recordings contained on this set are carefully-selected to highlight Jorge Bolet at his spontaneous best. Included are a number of Godowsky compositions that Jorge never recorded commercially; two selections from the 1970 International Piano Library benefit concert; and several pieces that are unique to the Bolet discography such as the Bach Toccata, the Mozart Rondo, the Chasins Schwanda Fantasy, and the Vorπisπek Impromptu in E.


Track Listing

CD 1 (78:16)

BRAHMS
Three Intermezzi, Op. 117
1. No. 1 in E-flat 4:52
2. No. 2 in B-flat Minor 4:42
3. No. 3 in C-sharp Minor 5:15
11 December 1983, Amsterdam
HAYDN
Sonata No. 62 in E-flat, Hob. XVI/52
4. I Allegro Moderato 6:51
5. II Adagio 5:59
6. III Finale: Presto 4:19
22 February 1987, Amsterdam
MENDELSSOHN
Fantasy in F-sharp Minor, Op. 28
7. I Con moto agitato 6:02
8. II Allegro con moto 2:46
9. III Presto 4:59
27 December 1981, San Francisco
10. Variations sérieuses, Op. 54 12:32
27 October 1974, New York City
BEETHOVEN
Sonata No. 17 in D Minor, Op. 31, No. 2, “Tempest”
11. I Allegro 6:14
12. II Adagio 8:22
13. III Allegretto 5:24
7 April 1974, New York City

CD 2 (79:50)

CHOPIN
1. Fantasy in F Minor, Op. 49 13:04
7 April 1974, New York City
2. Etude in E Minor, Op. 25, No. 5 3:40
22 February 1987, Amsterdam
3. Waltz in D-flat, Op. 64, No. 1, “Minute” 2:00
22 February 1987, Amsterdam
4. Waltz in E Minor, Op. Post. 3:06
2 February 1984, New York City
5. Nocturne in F-sharp Minor, Op. 48, No. 2 9:26
12 March 1985, Philadelphia
DONIZETTI-LISZT
6. Réminiscences de Lucia di Lammermoor, S. 397 6:20
3 October 1970, New York City
VERDI-LISZT
7. Rigoletto: Concert paraphrase, S. 434 7:05
3 October 1970, New York City
LISZT
8. Hungarian Rhapsody No. 12, S. 244 10:41
27 October 1974, New York City
9. Venezia e Napoli: Gondoliera, S. 162, No. 1 5:06
11 December 1983, Amsterdam
10. Venezia e Napoli: Tarantella, S. 162, No. 3 9:34
11 December 1983, Amsterdam
WAGNER-LISZT
11. Spinnerlied aus Der fliegende Holländer, S. 440 5:14
11 November 1971, New York City
SCHUMANN-LISZT
12. Widmung, S. 566 3:50
11 November 1971, New York City

CD 3 (79:06)

LISZT
1. Ballade No. 2 in B Minor, S. 171 15:14
3 November 1985, Minneapolis
FRANCK
Prelude, Aria, and Finale
2. Prelude 10:06
3. Aria 6:23
4. Finale 7:35
26 May 1974, Arnhem, The Netherlands
GRIEG
5. Ballade in G Minor, Op. 24 19:46
22 February 1987, Amsterdam
DEBUSSY
6. Danseuses de Delphes (No. 1 from Préludes, Book I) 3:41
7. La sérénade interrompue (No. 9 from Préludes, Book I) 2:22
8. La terrasse des audiences du clair de lune (No. 7 from Préludes, Book II) 4:54
9. Feux d’artifice (No. 12 from Préludes, Book II) 4:06
7 April 1974, New York City
10. Clair de lune (No. 3 from Suite Bergamasque) 5:00
1980 private recording; Baldwin LP BDW 701

CD 4 (79:55)

VORISEK
1. Impromptu in E, Op. 7, No. 5 4:55
8 March 1975, New York City
SCHUBERT
2. Impromptu in G-flat, Op. 90 (D. 899), No. 3 7:14
2 October 1988, Carmel, California
SCHLÖZER
3. Etude in A-flat, Op. 1, No. 2 3:14
26 May 1974, Arnhem, The Netherlands
RACHMANINOFF
4. Prelude in G-flat, Op. 23, No. 10 3:34
5. Prelude in F Minor, Op. 32, No. 6 1:25
6. Prelude in F, Op. 32, No. 7 2:32
7. Prelude in G-sharp Minor, Op. 32, No. 12 2:33
6 January 1966, Berlin
8. Variations on a theme of Chopin, Op. 22 30:03
11 December 1983, Amsterdam
9. Polka de V.R. 4:46
23 February 1974, Amsterdam
TCHAIKOVSKY-RACHMANINOFF
10. Lullaby 4:09
15 March 1978, Philadelphia
CHASINS
11. Prelude No. 14 in E-flat Minor, Op. 12, No. 2 2:18
7 December 1987, Bonn
12. Prelude No. 15 in B-flat Minor, Op. 12, No. 3 1:27
7 December 1987, Bonn
WEBER-GODOWSKY
13. Invitation to the Dance, Op. 65 11:47
25 August 1980, Edinburgh

CD 5 (79:56)

RAMEAU-GODOWSKY
1. Minuet in A Minor (No. 3 from Renaissance) 5:15
18 January 1980, Atlanta
SCHUBERT-GODOWSKY
2. Rosamunde: Ballet Music 3:03
11 December 1983, Amsterdam
3. Moment Musical, Op. 94 (D. 780), No. 3 2:10
14 February 1978, Philadelphia (Intimate gathering)
CHOPIN-GODOWSKY
4. Study No. 25 (after Op. 25, No. 1) 3:42
10 October 1976, Amsterdam
5. Study No. 5 (after Op. 10, No. 3, for the left hand) 6:14
15 March 1979, Philadelphia
6. Study No. 7 (after Op. 10, No. 5) 1:57
10 October 1976, Amsterdam
7. Study No. 12 (after Op. 10, No. 5) 2:09
8. Study No. 13 (after Op. 10, No. 6, for the left hand) 4:22
11 December 1983, Amsterdam
9. Study No. 15 (after Op. 10, No. 7) 4:30
10. Study No. 1 (after Op. 10, No. 1) 2:16
15 March 1979, Philadelphia
11. Waltz in D-flat, Op. 64, No. 1, “Minute” 2:30
1965, Berlin
JOHANN STRAUSS-GODOWSKY
12. Symphonic Metamorphoses on Themes from Die Fledermaus 10:09
17 May 1973, Köln
RICHARD STRAUSS-GODOWSKY
13. Ständchen, Op. 17, No. 2 3:05
18 April 1980, New York City
SAINT-SAËNS-GODOWSKY
14. The Swan (from Carnival of the Animals) 2:53
26 May 1974, Arnhem, The Netherlands
BIZET-GODOWSKY
15. Adagietto (from L’Arlésienne, Suite No. 1) 2:49
22 February 1987, Amsterdam
ALBÉNIZ-GODOWSKY
16. Tango in D, Op. 165, No. 2 3:58
15 March 1979, Philadelphia
GODOWSKY
17. Elegy (for the left hand) 3:12
19 July 1982, College Park, Maryland
18. The Gardens of Buitenzorg (No. 8 from Java Suite) 4:43
28 November 1983, Milan
19. The Salon (No. 21 from Triakontameron) 3:00
7 April 1974, New York City
MOSZKOWSKI
20. Caprice Espagnole, Op. 37 6:01
16 March 1961, Köln
21. La Jongleuse, Op. 52, No. 4 1:58
26 May 1974, Arnhem, The Netherlands

CD 6 (78:11)

BACH
1. Toccata in D, BWV 912 11:03
1944, location unknown; Lira Panamericana transcription disc
MOZART
2. Rondo in D, K. 485 5:20
1944, location unknown; Lira Panamericana transcription disc
BEETHOVEN
Sonata No. 26 in E-flat, Op. 81a, “Lebewohl”
3. I Das Lebewohl: Adagio—Allegro 6:40
4. II Abwesenheit: Andante espressivo 3:49
5. III Das Wiedersehen: Vivacissimamente 3:58
30 October 1939, Philadelphia
RACHMANINOFF
6. Prelude in E-flat, Op. 23, No. 6 2:43
20 October 1937, Philadelphia
CHASINS
7. Schwanda Fantasy (after Weinberger) 6:58
1944, location unknown; Lira Panamericana transcription disc
MOZART-LISZT
8. Réminiscences de Don Juan, S. 418 18:43
9 November 1975, New York City
WAGNER-LISZT
9. Tannhäuser: Overture, S. 442 18:28
16 April 1989, New York City

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