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Solo Piano - Released November 3, 2017 | audite Musikproduktion

Hi-Res Booklet Distinctions 5 de Diapason
RIAS − Rundfunk im amerikanischen Sektor – was the “Western” radio in Berlin between 1946 and 1993, serving as a cultural link between the two Germanys for decades. During that time, the RIAS recorded numerous musicians from across the world, including Jorge Bolet between 1962 and 1966 (in addition to a single track with Chopin’s Fantaisie-Impromptu in 1973): some three hours of recorded material covering a fair share of the massive repertoire of the notorious Cuban pianist at the height of his glory and career. These performances of course include works by Liszt and Chopin, numerous diabolically virtuoso pieces by Godowsky (of whom he was a disciple at the beginning of the 30s) and Moszkowski, as well as the two books of Debussy’s Préludes. An absolute delight for fans of the great gentleman pianist, particularly as all tracks, with no exception, come directly from the original RIAS matrices, re-mastered with the greatest care given to the sounds, polyphonic textures, contrasts and colours (especially for Debussy) the pianist magnificently conferred to everything he played. One can only regret that only three hours of Bolet exist in this higher quality. © SM/Qobuz
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Classical - Released January 11, 2019 | audite Musikproduktion

Hi-Res Booklet Distinctions Diapason d'or - Gramophone Editor's Choice
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. © Audite
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Classical - Released January 19, 2018 | audite Musikproduktion

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Classical - Released December 1, 1983 | Decca Music Group Ltd.

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Classical - Released January 1, 1961 | Everest

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Classical - Released January 1, 1960 | Everest

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Classical - Released April 29, 2016 | Sony Classical

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Classical - Released February 10, 1986 | Decca Music Group Ltd.

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Classical - Released May 1, 2013 | Ensayo

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Classical - Released May 1, 2013 | Ensayo

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Classical - Released October 17, 2014 | RCA Red Seal

To a great degree, this disc captures the excitement of Jorge Bolet's legendary recital at Carnegie Hall on February 25, 1974, and only falls short in conveying this pianist's enormous sound. The original analog recording is somewhat diminished in the digital transfer, and the inadequate technology of 1988 makes this CD a prime candidate for a new remastering. Yet Bolet's performances shine through the limited audio, and his mastery is what makes this album an essential item in any collection. His playing of the Bach/Busoni Chaconne in D minor is as controlled as possible, in light of its contrapuntal crossings and sudden changes of textures. Bolet gives a vigorous performance with only a few wrong notes -- easy to forgive when the daunting complexities of this arrangement are considered -- and the music is rich and powerful. In Chopin's Preludes, Bolet balances the shifting moods with great discipline, perhaps favoring the pensive preludes by minimizing the exuberance of the brighter pieces, but never at the expense of the set's continuity. Bolet's incredible ability to orchestrate at the keyboard is most apparent in Liszt's transcription of Wagner's Tannhäuser Overture, a tour de force of the piano's timbral possibilities. Decidedly the most dazzling offering of the evening, this extraordinary performance invites repeated listening. © TiVo
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Classical - Released January 1, 1960 | Everest

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Classical - Released October 17, 2014 | RCA Red Seal

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Classical - Released October 1, 2011 | APR

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Classical - Released January 1, 2014 | Decca Music Group Ltd.

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Solo Piano - Released January 1, 2001 | Decca

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Classical - Released January 1, 1995 | Decca Music Group Ltd.