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Earl Wild
Earl Wild: Recital
 
 
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Earl Wild, piano.
Label Ivory Classics
Format CD
Runtime/Release Date 78'14/2003
UPC 644057300524
Daedalus Item Code 37057
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Description
All of the pieces in this wonderful 2003 recital—recorded in Holy Trinity Church in Buffalo, New York—are first recordings for Wild. They include four Chopin impromptus, Balakirev's Sonata No. 1, Beethoven's 32 Variations, Mozart's Sonata K. 332, and his own arrangement of the "Mexican Hat Dance" (Jarabe Tapatio). At age 88, Wild was still phenomenal. (Note: the back of the CD has the track listings in Japanese, but the booklet is in English.) This Ivory Classics disc is part of a career overview of Earl Wild, born in 1915, whose playing was already "a source of wonder" by the time he turned six, according to Time magazine. A concert hall veteran as a teenager, Wild joined Arturo Toscanini's NBC Symphony and performed a breakout radio broadcast of Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue with that orchestra in 1942. Two years later, he gave the first piano recital on American television. From his vast repertoire, Wild made more than 100 recordings reflecting "not only lofty technical standards but a striking musical sophistication," wrote LA Times music critic Daniel Cariaga. The Chicago Tribune marveled that Wild's "polished pianism, knowing application of color and refined poetic sensibility make every piece come alive." We treasure these masterful and thoroughly enjoyable performances of the late, great American virtuoso, and hope you will too.

"The Mozart sonata conjures up the spirit of Clara Haskil—lyrical and clean, without being antiseptic. There is mock drama here, too, and protean wit, both given their due by Wild: listen to the garrulously fleet but gossamer phrasing in the last movement, for example. Wild also has the courage (so rare, nowadays) to perform the adagio at the proper tempo, thus allowing the movement's rare combination of sensuousness and grace to shine through. That same quality, that ability to play slowly and simply … also appears in the gravely beautiful Marcello Adagio; while the Beethoven Variations possess the dramatic and coloristic reserves of a Cherkassky…. Wild perfectly catches the mysterious mood of the opening [of the Balakirev], half Bach fugue, half Caucasian folk dance, and the wonderful coda of the finale that fades enigmatically. But nothing on this recording quite prepared me for Wild's performance of the Fantaisie-Impromptu. It has a wonderfully leggiero touch and buoyant lift in the opening section and a flexibly phrased, beautifully singing second theme that doesn't cloy and overstay its presence. This is great playing without reservations, and by any standards."—Fanfare

 
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