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Jorge Bolet: The Berlin Radio Recordings, Vol. III

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Jorge Bolet: The Berlin Radio Recordings, Vol. III

This third and final volume of Jorge Bolet’s Berlin radio recordings presents previously unreleased repertoire novelties. Once again, the Cuban-born artist sets standards with his interpretations of great romantic and modern piano music.more

Frédéric Chopin | Ludwig van Beethoven | Robert Schumann | Edvard Grieg | César Franck | Claude Debussy | Norman Dello Joio | Leopold Godowsky

This third and final volume of Jorge Bolet’s Berlin radio recordings presents previously unreleased repertoire novelties. Once again, the Cuban-born artist sets standards with his interpretations of great romantic and modern piano music.

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Repertoire Novelties Jorge Bolet:

Invaluable sound documents from one of the greatest pianists of the twentieth century

The third and final volume of the Berlin radio recordings by Cuban-born American pianist Jorge Bolet on audite presents repertoire novelties. With the exception of the Fledermaus paraphrase, all recordings are released for the first time.

Once again, Bolet's performances document his universality and unceasing inquisitiveness, as well as his phenomenal musicianship and ability to adapt his virtuosity to diverse works. These recordings are therefore invaluable documents of a musician who today is justly considered one of the greatest pianists of the twentieth century.

This selection comprises works of Beethoven, Chopin, Debussy, Dello Joio, Franck, Godowsky, Grieg, Liszt and Schumann. Beethoven's Fifth Piano Concerto did not form part of Bolet's regular repertoire: it is the only live recording on this edition. Further highlights include Schumann's Third Piano Sonata as well as major works by Chopin, such as the complete Op. 25 Études, in Bolet's masterful, lyrical interpretations. As an "encore", Bolet plays Godowsky's Concert Paraphrase of Strauss' Die Fledermaus.

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Gramophone
Gramophone | March 2019 | Jeremy Nicholas | March 1, 2019 | source: https://www.gram...

According to Audite’s booklet, this is the final volume of Bolet’s (West) Berlin recordings made between 1961 and 1974. The two earlier volumesMehr lesen

According to Audite’s booklet, this is the final volume of Bolet’s (West) Berlin recordings made between 1961 and 1974. The two earlier volumes featured RIAS recordings (12/17, 4/18). This third collection has those made by Sender Freies Berlin (Radio Free Berlin), the public radio and television service for West Berlin from 1954 until 1990. The sound quality throughout is amazingly good.

Bolet’s legions of fans will need no words of encouragement from me to invest, for there are several valuable additions to this great pianist’s discography. Not least among them is a superb live performance of the Emperor Concerto, boasting an especially exuberant and forthright finale, captured (uniquely in this set) in 1974 by ORTF in Paris. Preceding that are the complete Chopin Op 25 Études from 1968, full of delectable things, bold, confident and paraded in Bolet’s wonderful range of touch and colours, among them the cello like plangency of No 7 and the fire and brimstone of No 11 (a breathtaking ‘Winter Wind’). If No 9 is more kangaroo than ‘Butterfly’, it will surely put a smile on your face. There are also three of Chopin’s Polonaises (Nos 3, 4 and 6) that are new to the discography.

Debussy is a composer who one does not normally associate with Bolet. Perhaps hearing him in Images Book 2 and Masques (both from 1961) will change perceptions. On the other hand, as one of the piano’s great tone colourists, maybe we shouldn’t be surprised. If there is a surprise to be had it is that he was drawn to Norman Dello Joio’s Piano Sonata No 2 of 1943 which, among other novelties, has a last movement in the unusual key of C flat major. Bolet revels in its harsh, expressionist effusion of rhythmic and technical challenges. Schumann is more familiar Bolet territory, though not his Piano Sonata No 3, the least played of the three (the so-called Concerto Without Orchestra). Given that Bolet was at his best in front of an audience, as with most of the recordings in this set, there is no sense of a studio performance, such as there was towards the end of his career. He makes a substantial (and in my view beneficial) cut in the finale.

Disc 2 has the Grieg Ballade, a piece with a particular Bolet association for this writer: on one memorable evening in the late 1970s after supper in my apartment with Bolet and some mutual friends, we managed to lure him to the piano on which happened to be the score of the Ballade. (After hearing that, we were treated to a late night recital from the Bolet back catalogue including Cuban dances and his own ending of the Don Juan Fantasy.) It is a piece Bolet obviously enjoyed. This account was recorded in October 1961 (the same day as the Debussy pieces, and the earliest session here) and appears, as does another Bolet favourite, Franck’s Prélude, Aria et Final (the work that follows it on disc 2), on Vol 2 of Marston’s retrospective of the pianist (7/15) heard live in Amsterdam in 1987.

Disc 3 begins with an account from 1971 of the Andante spianato and Grand Polonaise which I did not enjoy at all. It sounds thoroughly bad-tempered, the Andante played as if it were Rachmaninov and the fioritura passages in the Polonaise tight and scrambled. After the three Polonaises (Bolet at his most magisterial) come two specialities: Schumann-Liszt Frühlingsnacht (unmissable) and the J Strauss II-Godowsky Symphonic Metamorphosis on Die Fledermaus (sui generis). All in all, a pianophile delight.
According to Audite’s booklet, this is the final volume of Bolet’s (West) Berlin recordings made between 1961 and 1974. The two earlier volumes

www.artalinna.com | 9 February 2019 | Jean-Charles Hoffelé | February 9, 2019 | source: http://www.artal... Les inédits d’un génie

Jorge Bolet au sommet de son art, capté idéalement sur de très beaux pianos par des ingénieurs du son saisissant toutes ses couleurs et son grand jeu polyphonique. Quel plaisir tout au long de ce troisième volume qui clôt la publication de ses enregistrements pour la Radio de Berlin.Mehr lesen

Aus urheberrechtlichen Gründen dürfen wir ihnen diese Rezension leider nicht zeigen!
Jorge Bolet au sommet de son art, capté idéalement sur de très beaux pianos par des ingénieurs du son saisissant toutes ses couleurs et son grand jeu polyphonique. Quel plaisir tout au long de ce troisième volume qui clôt la publication de ses enregistrements pour la Radio de Berlin.

Süddeutsche Zeitung
Süddeutsche Zeitung | 21. Januar 2019 | Harald Eggebrecht | January 21, 2019 | source: https://www.sued... Noble Wehmut

Die Etüden op. 12, vier Polonaisen und das Fantaisie-Impromptu op. 66 von Frédéric Chopin stellt Bolet leuchtend transparent, durchaus auch mit machtvollem Zugriff, aber nie als bloße Pianistik dar. Robert Schumanns f-moll-Sonate op. 14 wird zum nachdenklichen Fest romantischer Erregungen, Claude Debussys "Images II" werden zu traumverlorenen Gebilden, gewonnen aus feinstem Klanggespür.Mehr lesen

Aus urheberrechtlichen Gründen dürfen wir ihnen diese Rezension leider nicht zeigen!
Die Etüden op. 12, vier Polonaisen und das Fantaisie-Impromptu op. 66 von Frédéric Chopin stellt Bolet leuchtend transparent, durchaus auch mit machtvollem Zugriff, aber nie als bloße Pianistik dar. Robert Schumanns f-moll-Sonate op. 14 wird zum nachdenklichen Fest romantischer Erregungen, Claude Debussys "Images II" werden zu traumverlorenen Gebilden, gewonnen aus feinstem Klanggespür.

www.pizzicato.lu | 12/01/2019 | Remy Franck | January 12, 2019 | source: https://www.pizz... Virtuos und ausdrucksvoll

Audite präsentiert die letzte Folge der RIAS-Einspielungen mit dem in Kuba geborenen amerikanischen Pianisten Jorge Bolet (1914–1990). Die drei CDsMehr lesen

Audite präsentiert die letzte Folge der RIAS-Einspielungen mit dem in Kuba geborenen amerikanischen Pianisten Jorge Bolet (1914–1990). Die drei CDs enthalten etliche Repertoire-Novitäten, die nach Verleger-Angaben erstmals veröffentlicht werden.

Die erste CD enthält die 12 Etüden op. 25 von Frédéric Chopin in einer meistens unbeschwerten, leichten und fast verspielten Aufführung sowie eine in keinerlei Hinsicht aufsehenerregende, routinierte Darbietung von Beethovens 5. Klavierkonzert.

Da ist die Interpretation von Robert Schumann’s 3. Klaviersonate auf der zweiten CD schon von einem anderen Kaliber. Sie ist frisch, leidenschaftlich drängend und sehr spontan. Ein Highlight sind auch die Auszüge aus der selten zu hörenden Ballade op. 24 von Edvard Grieg, die dennoch ein richtiges Meisterwerk ist, ein Werk von epischer Größe und ungewöhnlichem Ausdruck von Schmerz und Trauer. Hier wie auch in César Francks ‘Prélude, aria et final’ erreicht Bolet eine große rhetorische Ausdruckskraft.

Technisch Beeindruckendes gibt es auf der dritten CD mit den Chopin-Polonaisen, Godowskis Strauss-Metamorphosen sowie der 2. Klaviersonate des amerikanischen Komponisten Norman dello Joio, der diese Komposition laut eigener Aussage bewusst so komponierte, dass Jorge Bolet darin seine phänomenale Technik und die Kraft seiner massiven Hände zeigen könnte.

Jorge Bolet is at his best in the virtuoso pieces of this program, but he can also be very expressive like in the passionate account of Schumann’s Third Sonata or in Grieg’s dolorous Ballade op. 24. Beethoven’s Fifth Piano Concerto is definitely not interesting enough to match the level of the solo performances.
Audite präsentiert die letzte Folge der RIAS-Einspielungen mit dem in Kuba geborenen amerikanischen Pianisten Jorge Bolet (1914–1990). Die drei CDs

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Jorge Bolet: The Berlin Radio Recordings, Vol. III
article number: 21.459
EAN barcode: 4022143214591
price group: BCT
release date: 11. January 2019
total time: 224 min.

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