Jorge Bolet: Recital, 1988 | Haenssler 93725

Jorge Bolet: Recital, 1988

Label: Haenssler

Cat No: 93725

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Instrumental

Release Date: 28th April 2014



In hosting Jorge Bolet, the Schwetzingen SWR Festival concert series presented a pianist who was renowned as one of history’s great Liszt interpreters. However, the gentleman from Cuba’s success in interpreting Liszt goes beyond the purely technical virtuosity - his playing is imbued with a noble sense of design rather than pure pianist pyrotechnics.

So Bolet opened this evening from Schwetzingen 1988 – two years before his death – with a rarely performed work: Mendelssohn‘s Prelude and Fugue Op.35/1. In his reading of Liszt's 'Norma reminiscences' – a piece mastered by only a few virtuosos – Bolet convincingly gives life to the opera’s characters using a purely instrumental voice.

And that this super-virtuosic program includes pieces by Leopold Godowsky should come as no surprise - Godowsky was the young Bolet’s mentor in Philadelphia.

Simply put, this CD offers an exceptional concert by a virtuoso, whose personal modesty made him the ideal servant of the music.

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