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Earl Wild

Earl Wild: In Concert, Vol. 1

Earl Wild, piano.
Label Ivory Classics
Format CD
Runtime/Release Date 64'45/2008
UPC 644057800123
Daedalus Item Code 37061
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Culled from four decades of concerts, this anthology offers four pieces new on disc for Earl Wild. With only a studio version of the Mozart Sonata No. 12 in F Major (K. 332) having been released previously, the repertoire includes Haydn's Sonata No. 50 in D Major; Clementi's Sonata in D Minor, Op. 40, No. 3; Buxtehude's Suite in D Minor (a Voice of America recording from Carnegie Hall); and Mozart's Variations on a Theme by Gluck (K. 455). 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.

"A required purchase for listeners who value fine pianism from an artist who has become a legend in his own lifetime."—American Record Guide

"The articulation is crisp and even in the opening [of the Haydn], he brings a reflective stillness to the slow movement. Things are weighted, and also freighted with depth, not least in the expressively rolled chords. He relishes the skittish fun embedded in the finale and plays it with requisite liveliness. Variations on a Theme by Gluck offers even more opportunity for playfulness, as well as a slightly more extended canvas. Wild plays with a sure appreciation of the comedic, operatic elements of the writing, and ensures that deft articulation conveys them…. Buxtehude's Suite … courses with romantic nobility and generosity of phrasing. There is plenty of warmly moulded and colouristic playing here, as well as a sure sense of drama, and subtle differentiation of the character of each piece."—MusicWeb International

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Earl Wild at 30: Live Radio Broadcasts from the 1940's
Earl Wild, piano.
Publisher: Ivory Classics.   Format: CD. UPC: 644057400323.  Daedalus Item Code: 37079
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Gershwin: Rhapsody in Blue—Piano Works
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