MOUNTAIN VIEW, CALIF. -- Jorge Bolet, 75, who was regarded as one of the last of the great romantic concert pianists, died of heart failure Oct. 16 at his home here.
Mr. Bolet, who was born in Havana, retired from the concert stage last year because of declining health. His last public performance was at a Berlin recital on June 8, 1989.
"There may be others who can play the notes, but Bolet, with his roots in an older tradition than most today . . . has a feeling for the line, the elegance, the suave sound, the tapered phrase of high romanticism that is virtually unmatched today," Harold Schonberg said of the pianist in a 1978 review for the New York Times.
Although not widely known early in his career, Mr. Bolet came to prominence during the last decade as the music of Franz Liszt enjoyed a resurgence of popularity.
He made more than two dozen recordings for London/Decca Records in the 1980s, including nine of piano works by Liszt. He also recorded music by Brahms, Grieg, Rachmaninoff, Schumann, Tchaikovsky and Debussy.
His last recordings, of two Chopin sonatas and selected nocturnes, were made in March.
Mr. Bolet taught at Indiana University from 1970 to 1977 and headed the piano department at Philadelphia's Curtis Institute from 1977 to 1986.
Survivors include a sister, Maria Bolet of Barcelona, and two brothers, Alberto Bolet of Long Beach, Calif., and Guillermo Bolet of Fort Worth.