Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
|Franz Liszt, Jorge Bolet|
Liszt: Etudes d'Execution Transcendante [Transcendental Etudes]
Not the best of Bolet's versions
Shady Ave Reader | Arlington, VA | 09/16/2005
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Like the other Ensayo recordings by Bolet, these lack some of the verve and spirit that one usually finds in other Bolet recordings. Bolet was usually described as a romantic, and usually his heart shines through the music (particularly on any live performance). But these are a bit Liszt-less (if you will excuse the pun)and technical sounding.
The Decca version is better. It is available in their box set of Bolet's Liszt Piano recordings. Decca also issued the Transcendental Etudes separately at one point, but that is out of print (but appears in used and auction sites.) If you still have a turntable, the LP version is much better sounding than the CD.
But if you don't want to shell out the 40-50 dollars for the box set, and don't do vinyl anymore, this is your only choice and not a bad one. And I would still prefer to listen to Bolet on an off day, than most pianists' best day.
Another superior version is Bolet's recording of these (Etudes 1,2,3,5,7,8-11 only) in the 1960's with RCA. This is (I believe) only available in a mono version RCA LM-2291. Unfortunately this version has not been re-issued, but it is frequently available used on auction sites."