Jorge Bolet was an avowed Romantic, happy to relax once the serious business of his recital was over. Like Moiseiwitsch, he could be mischievously enterprising, challenging his audience to guess the composer of this or that rare poetic jewel or confection or, like Rubinstein, he could affectionately confirm and recreate their favourites.
With delightful old world charm, fleet of finger, yet ever conscious of the singing line, Bolet weaves pure magic in this collection of encores. After a long absence from the catalogue, this disc returns, now at budget price.
ISAAC ALBÉNIZ/GODOWSKY: Tango
GEORGES BIZET/GODOWSKY: L’Arlésienne – Adagietto
Étude, Op. 25 No. 1
Étude, Op. 25 No. 2
Étude, Op. 25 No. 11
Nocturne No.2 in E flat major , Op.9
Nocturne No.5 in F sharp, Op.15/2
Waltz No.6 in D flat major, Op.64/1 ‘Minute’
Waltz No.15 in E minor, Op. posth.
CLAUDE DEBUSSY: Prélude: La fille aux cheveux de lin
LEOPOLD GODOWSKY: Elégie for left hand
FELIX MENDELSSOHN: Rondo capriccioso; Hunting Song (from Songs without Words)
MORITZ MOSZKOWSKI: En automne; La Jongleuse
RICHARD STRAUSS/GODOWSKY: Ständchen
FRANZ SCHUBERT: Ballet Music from Rosamunde
PAUL DE SCHLOEZER: Étude Op. 1 No. 2
Jorge Bolet, piano
‘…the unfailing wizardry of Bolet. He is also splendidly recorded. It is difficult to see how an encore-fancier could greet this record with anything but the most delighted of, well encores’ Gramophone