2009-03-13 21:01:28 UTC
RCA now adds Bolet to Richter,Rubinstein,Bjoerling,Price,Heifetz as
"found". How in the world did they lose these in the first place?
According to the liner notes,and then producers ,among them Gregor
Benko, Bolet was to record a multi-lp all- Liszt album in 1972 but for
reasons not disclosed in the notes did not finish the project,thus
these "rediscovered" recordings languished in the files with little or
no paper trace.
Whatever, this cd certainly seems Bolet at or near his best, even
though studios.Golden Age playing. "Un sospiro" inspired, and the
"Waldesrauschen" especially magical. Bolet avoids a cloying
"Liebestraume # 3.", and brings a more expansive view of the
"Funerailles " here than Horowitz'.
Among the show-stoppers, Bolet's "Rhapsodie Espagnole" reveals on the
one hand what a wonderful job Kissin did with this work, especially
live, in his 1998 Carnegie debut,but also the additional magic Bolet
adds. And of course the inspired, one-take "Tannhauser" simply defies
description, one of the great piano performances of anything ever I'd
think, perhaps as close to what Liszt sounded like as we are likely to
get, worth the cd price alone.
A couple reasonably priced still at Amazon-US marketplace. Essential,
IMHO,but others here with greater knowledge/ differences urged to
chime in.Very glad I added this cd to my Ensayo TE's and Fidelio