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Jorge Bolet
Piano Recital 1988
1 CD | 78min | Nr. 93.725
CD 1: » Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy: Prelude and Fugue e minor op. 35 No. 1
» Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy: Rondo capriccioso E major op. 14
» Ludwig van Beethoven: Piano Sonata No. 23 f minor op. 57 (Appassionata)
» Franz Liszt: RĂ©miniscences de Norma de Bellini (Grande fantaisie)
» Leopold Godowsky: Elegy for the Left Hand b minor
» Moritz Moszkowski: La Jongleuse
» Leopold Godowsky: Le Salon (English Waltz)

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.