Jorge Bolet: RIAS Recordings Vol.3 (1961-1974) | Audite AUDITE21459

Jorge Bolet: RIAS Recordings Vol.3 (1961-1974)

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Label: Audite

Cat No: AUDITE21459

Barcode: 4022143214591

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 3

Release Date: 11th January 2019

Gramophone Editor's Choice



This third and final volume of Jorge Boletís Berlin radio recordings (1961-1974)  presents previously unreleased repertoire novelties. Once again, the Cuban-born artist sets standards with his interpretations of great romantic and modern piano music.

With the exception of the Fledermaus paraphrase, all recordings are released for the first time. Once again, Boletís 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. Beethovenís Fifth Piano Concerto did not form part of Boletís regular repertoire: it is the only live recording on this edition. Further highlights include Schumannís Third Piano Sonata as well as major works by Chopin, such as the complete Op.25 …tudes, in Boletís masterful, lyrical interpretations. As an ďencoreĒ, Bolet plays Godowskyís Concert Paraphrase of Straussís Die Fledermaus.


Boletís legions of fans will need no words of encouragement from me to invest, for there are several valuable additions to this great pianistís 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. ... All in all, a pianophile delight.  Jeremy Nicholas
Gramophone March 2019

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