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Earl Wild
Earl Wild: In Concert 1983 & 1987
 
 
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Earl Wild, piano.
Label Ivory Classics
Format CD
Runtime/Release Date 63'48/2003
UPC 644057300128
Daedalus Item Code 37083
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These are live recordings of Robert Schumann's Papillons ("Butterflies") Sonata No. 1 in F-sharp Minor (Montreal, 1983) and Waldszenen (Forest Scenes; Columbus, Ohio, 1987). 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 butterflies in Papillons are of the human species, revelers at a ball, and Schumann paints them with deft thumbnail sketches…. I still gasp at the stunning coup with which the composer rounds off this succession of waltzes and polonaises with the sudden, unexpected return of the first waltz in the set. Wild pulls this off superbly…. The 3-minute Aria that comprises the slow movement ranks with the "Träumerei" from Scenes from Childhood and Des Abends ("In the Evening") from Fantasy Pieces as Schumann's most perfectly beautiful miniature…. In Wild's interpretation, Forest Scenes has more internal coherence that the collection of picture-postcards presented by lesser pianists…. Hauntingly beautiful tableaux in which beauty, strangeness, and terror … are interspersed with more the conventional trappings of German Romanticism: a pleasant landscape, a wayside inn, a hunting song. Wild gives the weaker pieces the full benefit of his technical and interpretive prowess, characterizing them as strongly as he does the bolder creations, so the work itself seems more satisfying than we might have expected."—Classik Reviews

 
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