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JORGE BOLET MASTERCLASS



The 1983 Jorge Bolet Masterclass featuring the Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto 3 in D minor, Op 30 is an extraordinary experience. It delves deeply into so many pianistic and interpretive aspects of the work and is well worth taking the time to listen to in its entirety even if you are not able to play at this level yourself.  Your greater understanding of the music, and the resultant increase in your enjoyment of this great concerto is a gift from one of the master pianists of the 20th century.

Bolet is an articulate teacher and is concert-ready to play the passages he wants to demonstrate to the students, all of whom are very accomplished pianists and piano competition winners.

One of the pianists taking part in the Jorge Bolet masterclass, Barry Douglas, is a Tchaikovsky Competition winner (1986) and has made many fine recordings, including one of the Rachmaninov third concerto with Yevgeny Svetlanov conducting the Russian State Symphony Orchestra.

After the Rachmaninoff masterclass, there is a recording of the complete concerto as performed by Jorge Bolet.



Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto 3 in D minor, Op 30

Ira Levin, USA
Jose Feghali, Brazil
Philip Smith, UK
Marc-Antionio Barone, USA
Wolfgang Manz, Germany
Barry Douglas, UK




Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto 3 in D minor, Op 30
performed by Jorge Bolet, piano
Bryden Thompson conducting the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra




This Jorge Bolet Liszt Masterclass was given in the Library of Congress, Washington DC, 1986 as part of a commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the death of Franz Liszt. Unfortunately the video quality is very poor. But the quality of the audio is fine and Bolet's teaching style and words of wisdom shine through.

Pianist Robert Finley plays Liszt's beautiful Bénédiction de Dieu dans la solitude and receives invluable instruction from one of the greatest pianists and leading interpreters of the piano music of Liszt of the second half of the 19th Century. The detail of Bolet's teaching is amazing, the explanations, while not particularly eloquent, are brilliant, and one walks away with the impression of having had the most extraordinary lesson of one's own.

And once again, as is so often the case with these masterclasses, when the teacher demonstrates by playing a passage himself, my first reaction is to give up the piano and go into advertising or plastics. Hear for yourselves as Bolet plays the second half of this piece. The beauty of his playing is to die for.

After the Liszt masterclass, there is a recording of the complete concerto as performed by Jorge Bolet.



Liszt  Bénédiction de Dieu dans la solitude




Liszt  Bénédiction de Dieu dans la solitude
performed by Jorge Bolet, piano


Part I



Part II










For those of you who enjoy murder mysteries, here is my first with a strong musical polemic as background

Murder in the House of the Muse

which is also available as an audiobook.



And this is the more recently published second mystery in the series:

Murder Follows the Muse



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