Jorge Bolet – A Chopin Piano Recital (1961/2013) [HDTracks FLAC 24bit/192kHz]

Jorge Bolet – A Chopin Piano Recital (1961/2013) 
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/192 kHz | Time – 41:18 minutes | 1,35 GB | Genre: Classical
Studio Master, Official Digital Download – Source: HDTracks | Booklet, Front Cover | © Everest Records / Countdown Media GmbH
Recorded: 1961, Belock Recording Studio, Bayside, NY

Ask almost any music lover – and certainly any pianist – who his favorite composer of short piano pieces is, and the answer is almost surely to be “Chopin, of course”. Then ask him which are his favorite Chopin works, and the chances are he will head his list with the ten compositions which comprise this recorded recital. This, then, might be described as a sort of “all-time Chopin hit parade”. Jorge Bolet, whose recent Liszt recordings for Everest have proved so exciting, demonstrates here that he is equally as masterful in interpreting the romantic music of Chopin. Once again, too, the Everest engineers have demonstrated their unique ability to capture Bolet’s brilliant tone with the same naturalness as it emerges in the concert hall.

None of the great composers was ever as musically exclusive as Frederic Chopin. Many had their specialties, but none hewed as closely to a single line as did Chopin. Going through the catalogue of his works, we find mostly short solo pieces but also concerti and, other music with orchestra, sonatas, a trio and some songs. But among these it is impossible to find a single composition which does not include the piano, either as soloist, chamber music partner or accompanist. This unique devotion to a single instrument did not result in any sameness of style. True, almost anyone with any listening experience can spot a Chopin composition immediately; but that trade-mark was stamped on music of widely varying character-showy concert works, meditative or sentimental salon pieces, purposeful yet highly musical studies and national dances of varied character. These compositions reflect the fusion within Chopin of Polish patriotism and French finesse. To pianist and listener alike, their appeal is strong.

Frédéric Chopin (1810-1849)
1 Polonaise in A-Flat Major, Op. 53 “Heroic” 06:49
2 Waltzes, Op. 64: No. 1 in D-flat Major “Waltz by Minutes” 01:44
3 Impromptu in C-Sharp Major, Op. 66, “Fantaisie-Impromptu” 04:49
4 Nocturnes, Op. 9: No. 2 in E-flat Major 04:54
5 12 Etudes, Op. 10: No. 12 in C Minor “Revolutionary” 02:33
6 Polonaise for piano No. 3 in A major “Military”, Op. 40/1 05:03
7 12 Etudes, Op. 10: No. 3 in E Major “Tristesse” 03:52
8 Waltzes, Op. 64: No. 2 in C-sharp Minor 04:00
9 Preludes, Op. 28: No. 15 in D-flat Major 05:54
10 12 Etudes, Op. 10: No. 5 in G-flat Major 01:40

Jorge Bolet, piano