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Rachmaninov: Piano Concertos 2 & 3; Solo Piano Works
Rachmaninov: Piano Concertos 2 & 3; Solo Piano Works (Decca 480 6624)
SKU: 16280
AU $13.59

Label: Decca Cat. No.: 480 6624 Medium: CD No. Discs: 2

2014 marks the centenary of the birth of the colossal Cuban-born pianist Jorge Bolet. Signed to Decca later in life he made a series of magnificent Liszt recordings, but also recorded music by Chopin, Schumann, Brahms and Rachmaninov. One of Bolet's own teachers, Josef Hofmann, was the dedicatee of Rachmaninov's Third Piano Concerto, a work he recorded for Decca, together with the Second, and a series of solo piano works. There were three CDs in all of the music of Rachmaninov and these aristocratic performances are reissued here as a 2CD set. The notes include comments by Bolet on his artistic approach to the Third Concerto.

A greatly superior recording is one of the attractions of this CD, and at countless points it highlights Bolet's absolute command of this work's myriad pianistic complexities ' the finale's central scherzando is executed with great pianistic acuity' (Piano Concerto No. 3) Gramophone (1983)

"The selection of Preludes finds him very much on home ground ' The recorded sound has been sensitively achieved ' The hushed winding-down in the coda to the Variations is superbly captured' Gramophone (1988)

'A splendid first movement climax ' The opening and closing sections of the slow movement are ravishingly beautiful, helped by the glowing Montreal acoustics ' A sumptuous, spectacular Decca recording' Gramophone (1988)

Artists: Jorges Bolet (piano)
Composers: Rachmaninov
Conductors: Charles Dutoit, Ivan Fischer
Orchestras: Orchestre Symphonique de Montreal, London Symphony Orchestra

Piano Concerto No. 2 in C minor, Op. 18
Orchestre Symphonique de Montreal, Charles Dutoit

Piano Concerto No. 3 in D minor, Op. 30
London Symphony Orchestra, Ivan Fischer

Variations on a Theme of Chopin, Op. 22
Prelude Op. 3 No. 2 in C sharp minor
Prelude Op. 32 No. 7 in F major
Prelude Op. 32 No. 12 in G sharp minor
Prelude Op. 23 No. 5 in G minor
Prelude Op. 23 No. 10 in G flat major
Melodie in E Major, Op. 3 No. 3
Liebesfreud (after Kreisler)
Liebesleid (after Kreisler)

Jorge Bolet, piano

Medium: CD
No. of Discs: 2
SKU #: 16280
Label: Decca
Catalog #: 480 6624
Price: AU $13.59   

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