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Earl Wild

Ivory Classics 70907- Earl Wild- Virtuoso Transcriptions-solo piano

Earl Wild, piano.
Label Ivory Classics
Format CD
Runtime/Release Date 66'54/1999
UPC 644057090722
Daedalus Item Code 37085
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(Grammy winner) Reissued in audiophile sound, this delightful album includes the Serenade from Mozart's Don Giovanni, a suite of five songs from Disney's Snow White, and music by Handel, Chopin, Saint-Saëns, Fauré, Tchaikovsky, Kreisler, Rachmaninov, and others. 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.

"On the highest level both technically and interpretively. The most musically ingenious of all is the "Hommage à Poulenc." Its ingenuity must be heard to be believed. As for the playing on this disc, it ranges from the merely extraordinary to the truly breathtaking. More Mr. Wild, more!"—American Record Guide

"When Earl Wild performs, the Golden Age of the keyboard suddenly reappears. The pallid noodling that often passes for pianism these days vanishes—one hears echoes of Rachmaninov, Paderewski and Hofmann."—Time

"It's all played by the then 80-year-old Wild with a subtly impish elegance no other living pianist can match. My favorite remains Wild's Hommage, which melts a topping of Poulenc over the 'Sarabande' from Bach's First Partita. But even after dozens of hearings, everything on this CD continues to astonish for its paradoxical combination of improvisatory warmth and complete control. A treasurable disc."—Fanfare

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