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Earl Wild
Mussorgsky: Pictures at an Exhibition
Medtner: Improvisation No. 1
Tchaikovsky: The Seasons
 
 
Artist
Earl Wild, piano.
Label Ivory Classics
Format CD
Runtime/Release Date 75'10/1999
UPC 644057090326
Daedalus Item Code 37077
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Description
Romantic master Earl Wild's interpretations of Russian piano masterpieces are second to none. In praising his performance of Tchaikovsky's music, Gramophone asserted that "relatively few pianists, past, present or future, could play like this." In addition to Mussorgsky's monumental original piano score for Pictures at an Exhibition, this extraordinary Russian recital also contains a rarely heard virtuoso improvisation by Nikolai Medtner.

"Brendel's 'Pictures' sounds especially insipid next to Earl Wild's performance. Whether in his delightfully up-tempo 'Bydlo' (radically less ponderous than any other I know) or his gorgeously shaded account of the second 'Promenade', the performance is studded with discerning interpretive touches; and while Wild consciously avoids bludgeoning the music, his quiet virtuosity (try the calm precision of 'Limoges' or the perfectly weighted tremolos on 'Con Mortuis') puts the performance in a class of its own. All in all, then, a 'Pictures' for connoisseurs. It's doubly welcome for its imaginative couplings … [and] reminds us why Wild is the most accomplished Medtnerian of this era."—Fanfare

"Wild … understands the piano as well as anyone; his fingers are among the most nimble ever to touch a keyboard…. He has played everything, everywhere, and with everybody … to great acclaim."—American Record Guide

 
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