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

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  • Performer: Jorge Bolet
  • Audio CD (8 Sept. 2014)
  • Number of Discs: 10
  • Format: Box set
  • Label: Sony Music Classical
  • ASIN: B00J57KHUC
  • Other Editions: Audio CD
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Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Transcendental Etudes, S. 139 / No. 1 in C Major - Preludio
  2. Transcendental Etudes, S. 139 / No. 2 in A Minor - Molto vivace
  3. Transcendental Etudes, S. 139 / No. 5 in B-Flat Major - Feux follets
  4. Transcendental Etudes, S. 139 / No. 8 in C Minor - Wilde Jagd
  5. Transcendental Etudes, S. 139 / No. 9 in A-Flat Major - Ricordanza
  6. Transcendental Etudes, S. 139 / No. 10 in F Minor
  7. Transcendental Etudes, S. 139 / No. 11 in D-Flat Major - Harmonies de soir
  8. Transcendental Etudes, S. 139 / No. 7 in E-Flat Major - Eroica
  9. Transcendental Etudes, S. 139 / No. 3 in F Major - Paysage

Disc: 2

  1. Reminiscence of "Lucia di Lammermoor", S. 397
  2. Die Forelle "The Trout", S. 564
  3. Concert Paraphrase on "Rigoletto", S. 434
  4. 12 Lieder von Franz Schubert, S.558: No. 9 "Horch, horch, die Lerch'" (D. 889)
  5. Spinning Chorus (From "The Flying Dutchmen"), S. 440
  6. Meine Freuden, Op. 74, No. 12
  7. Mädchens Wunsch, Op. 74, No. 5
  8. Widmung, Op. 25, No. 1
  9. Frühlingsnacht, Op. 39, No. 12

Disc: 3

  1. Liebesfreud
  2. Polka de W. R.
  3. Lullaby, Op. 16, No. 1
  4. Minuet (From "L'Arlesienne Suite No. 1")
  5. Preludes, Op. 23, No. 10
  6. The Flight of the Bumblebee (From "The Tale of Tsar Saltan")
  7. Liebesleid
  8. A Midsummer Night's Dream, Op. 61: "Scherzo"
  9. Prelude in G-Sharp Minor, Op. 32, No. 12
  10. Violin Partita No. 3 in E Major, BWV 1006: I Preludio
  11. Hopak (From "The Fair at Sorochintsi")

Disc: 4

  1. Transcendental Etudes, S. 139 / No. 1 in C Major - Preludio
  2. Transcendental Etudes, S. 139 / No. 2 in A Minor - Molto vivace
  3. Transcendental Etudes, S. 139 / No. 3 in F Major - Paysage
  4. Transcendental Etudes, S. 139 / No. 4 in D Minor - Mazeppa
  5. Transcendental Etudes, S. 139 / No. 5 in B-Flat Major - Feux follets
  6. Transcendental Etudes, S. 139 / No. 6 in G Minor - Vision
  7. Transcendental Etudes, S. 139 / No. 7 in E-Flat Major - Eroica
  8. Transcendental Etudes, S. 139 / No. 8 in C Minor - Wilde Jagd
  9. Transcendental Etudes, S. 139 / No. 9 in A-Flat Major - Ricordanza

Disc: 5

  1. Transcendental Etudes, S. 139 / No. 10 in F Minor - Allegro agitato molto
  2. Transcendental Etudes, S. 139 / No. 11 in D-Flat Major - Harmonies du soir
  3. Transcendental Etudes, S. 139 / No. 12 in B-Flat Minor - Chasse neige
  4. Consolations, S. 172
  5. Liebestraum No. 3 in A-Flat Major, S. 541/3

Disc: 6

  1. Partita No. 2, BWV 1004: Chaconne in D Minor
  2. Preludes, Op. 28 / Prelude No. 1 in C Major
  3. Preludes, Op. 28 / Prelude No. 2 in A Minor
  4. Preludes, Op. 28 / Prelude No. 3 in G Major
  5. Preludes, Op. 28 / Prelude No. 4 in E Minor
  6. Preludes, Op. 28 / Prelude No. 5 in D Major
  7. Preludes, Op. 28 / Prelude No. 6 in B Minor
  8. Preludes, Op. 28 / Prelude No. 7 in A Major
  9. Preludes, Op. 28 / Prelude No. 8 in F-Sharp Minor
  10. Preludes, Op. 28 / Prelude No. 9 in E Major
  11. Preludes, Op. 28 / Prelude No. 10 in C-Sharp Minor
  12. Preludes, Op. 28 / Prelude No. 11 in B Major
  13. Preludes, Op. 28 / Prelude No. 12 in G-Sharp Minor
  14. Preludes, Op. 28 / Prelude No. 13 in F-Sharp Major
  15. Preludes, Op. 28 / Prelude No. 14 in E-Flat Minor
  16. Preludes, Op. 28 / Prelude No. 15 in D-Flat Major ("Raindrop")
  17. Preludes, Op. 28 / Prelude No. 16 in B-Flat Minor
  18. Preludes, Op. 28 / Prelude No. 17 in A-Flat Major
  19. Preludes, Op. 28 / Prelude No. 18 in F Minor
  20. Preludes, Op. 28 / Prelude No. 19 in E-Flat Major
  21. Preludes, Op. 28 / Prelude No. 20 in C Minor
  22. Preludes, Op. 28 / Prelude No. 21 in B-Flat Major
  23. Preludes, Op. 28 / Prelude No. 22 in G Minor
  24. Preludes, Op. 28 / Prelude No. 23 in F Major
  25. Preludes, Op. 28 / Prelude No. 24 in D Minor

Disc: 7

  1. Man lebt nur einmal, Op. 167
  2. Nachtfalter, Op. 157
  3. Arabesque on "The Beautiful Danube"
  4. Tannhäuser, S. 422: Overture
  5. La jongleuse
  6. Etude in C Major, Op. 23, No. 2

Disc: 8

  1. Quintet for Piano, 2 Violins, Viola and Cello in F Minor / I. Molto moderato quasi lento
  2. Quintet for Piano, 2 Violins, Viola and Cello in F Minor / II. Lento, con molto sentimento
  3. Quintet for Piano, 2 Violins, Viola and Cello in F Minor / III. Allegro non troppo, ma con fuoco
  4. Italian Serenade for Strinq Quartet

Disc: 9

  1. Concerto for Violin, Piano and String Quartet in D Major, Op. 21 / I. Décidé - Jorge Bolet / Juilliard String Quartet
  2. Concerto for Violin, Piano and String Quartet in D Major, Op. 21 / II. Sicilienne - Jorge Bolet / Juilliard String Quartet
  3. Concerto for Violin, Piano and String Quartet in D Major, Op. 21 / III. Grave - Jorge Bolet / Juilliard String Quartet
  4. Concerto for Violin, Piano and String Quartet in D Major, Op. 21 / IV. Finale - Très animé - Jorge Bolet / Juilliard String Quartet

Disc: 10

  1. Liebestraum No. 3
  2. Gnomenreigen, S 145/2
  3. Etudes de concert: Un sospiro
  4. Funérailles in F Minor, S 173/7
  5. Campanella in G-Sharp Minor S. 141/3
  6. Waldesrauschen in A-Flat Major, S. 145/1
  7. Grand Galop chromatique in E-Flat Major, S. 219
  8. Rhapsodie espagnole
  9. Tannhäuser / Overture

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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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