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Jorge Bolet: The Complete RCA and Columbia Album Collection Box set

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Product details

  • Performer: Jorge Bolet
  • Audio CD (8 Sept. 2014)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Box set
  • Label: Sony Music Classical
  • ASIN: B00J57KHUC
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 70,757 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Even before he was famous, he was already a legend among piano aficionados. Not until he won a 1985 Gramophone award for a Liszt album did Jorge Bolet, then already 70, graduate from insider tip to household name. Now Sony Classical releases on 10 CDs of all those fabled, yet heretofore only sporadically accessible, recordings that the great Cuban-American pianist made for RCA, CBS and Spain’s Ensayo Records between 1959 and 1983. This first ever complete Sony collection also includes many tracks for the first time on CD, including Bolet’s debut on RCA, a Liszt programme from 1959. Many CDs have been remastered from the original analogue tapes for this release, packaged, as always, with original covers, labels and full discographical notes.

Wider recognition came to Jorge Bolet with an immensely successful series of New York appearances in the early 1970s. Reviewing his February 1974 Carnegie Hall recital – recorded by RCA and included here complete – New York Times critic and pianist authority Harold C. Schonberg hailed him as “a throwback to the romantic giants of the keyboard … Everything that Mr. Bolet touched had beauty of tone, ease of execution and a complete command of the musical elements.” A highlight of his 1974 Carnegie programme of Bach, Chopin and “Golden Age” showpieces is the Liszt arrangement of Wagner’s Tannhäuser Overture. Bolet had already played this stupendously virtuosic pièce de résistance once in the studio, on 16 July 1973, following RCA sessions devoted to Rachmaninoff transcriptions. That one-take run-through of the Wagner-Liszt overture has been described by another keyboard celebrity, Igor Kipnis, as “an astounding performance that, after an imposingly broad start, turns into a white-hot listening experience.” The new Sony set contains Bolet’s entire July 1973 Rachmaninoff transcription recording in its CD debut, as well as that “white-hot”Tannhäuser Overture from the same time, which was released on CD in 2001 in a different context – as an appendix to the pianist’s now-famous “rediscovered Liszt recital”, recorded in 1972 but left to languish for decades. Needless to say, all the “rediscovered” treasures from that sensational 2001 posthumous release – Bolet died in 1990 – are also included in this collection.



DISC 1:
Liszt: Transcendental Etudes (1958)

DISC 2:
Donizetti-Liszt: Reminiscence of "Lucia di Lammermoor"
Schubert.-Liszt: Die Forelle (The Trout)
Verdi-Liszt: Concert Paraphrase on "Rigoletto"
Schubert.-Liszt: Serenade (Hark! Hark! The Lark)
Wagner-Liszt: Spinning Chorus from "The Flying Dutchman"
Chopin-Liszt: Meine Freuden, Op. 74, No. 12
Chopin-Liszt: Mädchen's Wunsch, Op. 74, No. 1
Schumann-Liszt: Widmung, Op. 25, No. 1
Schumann-Liszt: Frühlingsnacht, Op. 39, No. 12

DISC 3:
Kreisler-Rachmaninov: Liebesfreud
Rachmaninov: Polka de V.R.
Tchaikovsky-Rachmaninov: Lullaby, Op. 16, No. 1
Bizet-Rachmaninov: Minuet (from "L'Arlesienne Suite No. 1")
Rachmaninov: Prelude in G-flat, Op. 23, No. 10
Rimsky-Korssakov-Rachmaninov: The Flight of the Bumblebee (from "Tsar Saltan")
Kreisler-Rachmaninov: Liebesleid
Mendelssohn-Rachmaninov: Scherzo (from "A Midsummer Night's Dream")
Rachmaninov: Prelude in G-Sharp Minor, Op. 32, No. 12
Bach-Rachmaninov: Preludio (from Violin Partita No. 3 in E)
Mussorgsky-Rachmaninov: Hopak (from "The Fair at Sorochinsk")

DISC 4:
Liszt: Transcedental Etudes

DISC 5:
Liszt: Consolations
Liszt: Liebestraum No. 3

DISC 6:
Bach: Partita No. 2, BWV 1004 (live)
Chopin: Preludes, Op. 28 (live)

DISC 7:
Strauss-Tausig: Man lebt nur einmal, Op. 167 (live)
Strauss-Tausig:: Nachtfalter, Op. 157
Strauss-Schulz/Evler: Arabesque on "The Beatiful Blue Danube" (live)
Wagner-Liszt: Tannhäuser (live)
Moszkowski: La Jongleuse (live)
Rubinstein: Etude in C, Op. 23 No. 2 "Staccato"(live)

DISC 8:
Franck: Piano Quintet in F minor
Wolf: Italian Serenade

DISC 9:
Chausson: Concerto in D Major for Violin, Piano and String Quartet, Op. 21

DISC 10:
Liszt: Liebestraum No. 3
Liszt: Gnomenreigen
Liszt: Etudes de concert: Un sospiro
Liszt: Funérailles
Liszt: La campanella
Liszt: Waldesrauschen
Liszt: Grand Galop chromatique
Liszt: Rhapsodie espagnole
Wagner-Liszt: Tannhäuser

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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful By HC on 9 Sept. 2014
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Thanks to Sony, we have the opportunity to have these hard-to-find recordings again. And thanks to Amazon, this box set was delivered to my door at 8pm which I thought I was not going to have it on the release day. The first impression when I opened the packing is quite good, the actual colour is much better then the photos which makes it doesn't look like a budget boxset. The booklet is written in multi language and is printed with heavy-weighted good quality paper.

A few additional notes to the CDs:

Disc 1: it is not a complete set of the Etudes, it does not have no. 4, 6 and 12. The recording date was 1958.

Disc 2: According to the tracklist provided, Chopin-Liszt: Mädchen's Wunsch, should be Chopin-Liszt: Mädchen's Wunsch, Op. 74, No. 5, instead of No. 1.

Disc 4 / 5: have a complete set of the Etudes d'execution transcendante, but it is spread between two discs: No. 1 - 9 are in disc 4 and the rest are in disc 5. The recording date of the Etudes was 1970 and the rest were 1969.

Disc 6/7: are a set of a live recordings. The first piece is the mighty Bach - Busoni Chaconne.

I finished listening to Disc 4 & 5, the Etudes here are quite different when compare to the Decca recordings (recording date were 1986) which I can found more energy and the music is sparkling. I am now listening to Disc 6, the live recordings and I must say I am very impressed with the sound quality, there is virtually no background noise ( I only heard one coughing so far). This live performance was given in 1974 and most of the live recordings I have heard on this period do have more background noise.

I can't write more review until I have listened to all the CDs (although I already have two) but I must say I am very impressed enough to give it a 5 stars.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Mr. F. R. S. Glass on 12 Oct. 2014
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Excellent assembly of Bolet's Sony,RCA & Ensayo recordings. They vary in sound with the earliest RCA and Ensayo discs quite clangy in piano sound though I remember them being like that on LP. CDs are mini LP facsimiles in card sleeves with an informative booklet in the box. At the price they represent good value,and salute a great pianist who was never much in the spotlight til the mid/late 70s. His Decca legacy is better recorded but does miss out on some of the vigor and excitement on show in the earlier discs of this set. The Chausson and Franck chamber works show a collaborative side to his work that some people may be unaware of- both are enjoyable if a trifle close miked in the CBS manner. To sum up if you enjoy his playing this can only add to your knowledge and enjoyment of this great pianist.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By jan mulder on 9 Nov. 2014
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Impressive technique but not at all showy. A great set for an amazing price.
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