Cat. No.: 480 6624
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)