Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!
As promised, here is the direct link to the podcast of "Jorge Bolet: A
Centenary Celebration" over WWFM.
If that doesn't work, try this link, and click on the Bolet program.
On Wed, Nov 12, 2014 at 1:04 AM, Jon Samuels <[log in to unmask]>
> This November 15th marks the centenary of the great Cuban-American
> pianist, Jorge Bolet's, birth. One of the last examples of a true Romantic
> pianist, Bolet’s playing at his best was both unique and profound (the
> great Russian pianist Emil Gilels once referred to him as “the greatest
> pianist in the Western hemisphere.”) To celebrate this milestone, on
> Wednesday, November 12 at 1 PM EST, over WWFM The Classical Network (
> wwfm.org), Jon M. Samuels and Joseph Patrych will host a two-hour special
> tribute to Bolet (rebroadcast time November 19 at 11 PM EST. It will also
> be available as a podcast on the website at some future date.) We will
> discuss his recorded legacy, play both commercial and live recordings that
> showcase his extraordinary artistry (including cuts taken from the upcoming
> Marston set) and play interviews with Dr. Frank Cooper, Francis Crociata,
> Ira Levin and Bolet himself.
> Bolet was born in Havana, Cuba, and came to the United States at a young
> age to study at the Curtis Institute of Music. He came by his romantic
> temperament quite honestly; he studied with such piano luminaries as
> Leopold Godowsky, Josef Hofmann, Moriz Rosenthal and David Saperton, and
> later with Abram Chasins. In his twenties, he became Rudolf Serkin's
> assistant, and many years later was the head of the piano department at
> Even though he won the coveted First Prize at the 1937 Naumburg
> Competiton, and reviews of his concerts were consistently positive, Bolet's
> career was slow in building, and he didn't achieve universal acclaim until
> the 1970s. Among other things, we will discuss the trajectory of his career.
> He was especially renowned for his playing of the music of Franz Liszt,
> but as we'll demonstrate, he actually had a wide and varied repertoire,
> playing such diverse composers as Bach, Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert, Weber,
> Chopin, Schumann, Mendelssohn, Godowsky, Debussy, Prokofiev, Rachmaninoff,
> Reger and numerous others. He even conducted the Japanese première of
> Gilbert and Sullivan's Mikado!
> Please join us for what should prove to be a very enjoyable program.