Recorded in 1996, this stylish and impassioned traversal of all 21 nocturnes was praised by Diapason for its "beauty and grandeur," as well as for Wild's "extraordinary use of the pedal." Hearing Wild evoke moonlight on rippling water is true synaesthesia.
"To these ears it is the finest collection of the complete nocturnes ever recorded—and that takes in such hallowed figures as Arthur Rubinstein and Guiomar Novaes. The instrument cannot be played more perfectly than it is here. Earl Wild today stands alone as the Last Romantic."—Harold C. Schonberg
"The technique has always been there for Earl Wild—the imagination is obvious here. His playing is warm, gently expressive and sweetly nuanced."—Fanfare
"Records like this one will stand for a long time as the best you can get. No other complete set is as satisfying as this one."—American Record Guide