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Bolet links every note seamlessly to the next, like a string of beads, an effect reinforced by a pearly, limpid tone. Bolet always refused to subordinate his lyric gifts to mere technical facility, so even pieces other virtuosos turn into barn-burners, like Funérailes and Rhapsodie espagnole, are more measured here, with each note given its full value and the flashier aspects present but secondary to the total picture. The final track, Liszt's dazzling piano arrangement of Wagner's Tannhäuser Overture, is breathtaking, not only because of Bolet's supreme mastery of this devilishly difficult piece, but also because it was recorded in one impromptu take after a formal recording session was over.
The entire contents of this disc, recorded in 1972 and 1973, were buried in RCA's vaults and never released until now. Their discovery and release are something to be grateful for, since they burnish Bolet's posthumous reputation and give enormous pleasure. --Dan Davis
Overall, this is probably one of the best Liszt CDs and piano CDs out there.
Yes, because I have loved the music of Franz Liszt for decades, I have scores of Liszt recordings, I have heard dozens of pianists play Liszt - but Bolet passed me by.
With Bolet as well as other great pianists, technical proficiency is not an issue in his playing.
This is great Liszt playing, BUT DO NOT BUY THIS CD!! Instead get the Complete RCA and Columbia Album Collection in which it is included. Maarston also has two sets of Bolet live. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Dr. J. J. Kregarman
The best player in piano solo history on La campanella. Clear, passionate, and elegant. Educational!Published 6 months ago by wyang37694
Throughout the 1980s I was lucky enough to be present at concerts in the indian summers of the careers two of the last romantics Bolet and Cherkassky. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Quinton Fox
I have found my favorite on the keys! Bolet! His playing is refined, spot on. Subtle mastery, every note seems to gently flow, while containing complete definition.Published 20 months ago by chuck deccio
When I was a child my grandmother would practice these pieces on her gran piano as I lay beneath it. They transported me then. They tansport me now.Published 23 months ago by Julie A. Hall
I cannot imagine any performance which would surpass these. Bolet is a superb artist in these works. Recommended without reservation.Published 24 months ago by Opera lover
A superb work. Cubans are renowned musicians, but their reputation rests primarily in the Cuban style of music. Read morePublished on January 1, 2013 by A. Simon
Bolet at his best. No doubt. Compared with his live recording at Carnegie Hall (which I have too), this recording is much better. Has more warmth. Read morePublished on January 28, 2012 by TingSern
This RCA is the best Bolet I have heard yet. This is not just technically great but Bolet manages better than his later recordings on Decca to play Liszt exactly the way I prefer... Read morePublished on October 29, 2011 by Frank