Soundbite 60: A sixty-word précis-review of the latest CD releases

Chopin
Piano Concerto No.1 in E minor, Op.11
Piano Concerto No.2 in F minor, Op.21
The Four Ballades
Barcarolle, Op.60
Fantasy, Op.49
Jorge Bolet (piano)

Montreal Symphony Orchestra
Charles Dutoit

Recorded 1986 (solo works) and 1989
CD No: NEWTON CLASSICS 8802008 (2 CDs)
Duration: 2 hours 18 minutes
Reviewed: July 2010
From Decca’s catalogue, these searchingly-imperious accounts of the solo pieces are leavened with tenderness and flexibility, Jorge Bolet (1914-90) bequeathing us Chopin of high romance and deeply beautiful expression; some very special playing, richly sounded. The concertos are given imposing performances, Charles Dutoit and the Montreal musicians offering vibrant and sensitive support to Bolet’s nicely-matured, grand-mannered display, ornate and authoritative.

 

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