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Earl Wild
Earl Wild—Forgotten Melodies: The Piano Music of Nikolai Medtner
 
 
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Earl Wild, piano.
Label Ivory Classics
Format CD
Runtime/Release Date 66'27/2005
UPC 644057500320
Daedalus Item Code 37087
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Description
Like his Russian peers of the Romantic period, Sergey Rachmaninov and Alexander Scriabin, composer/pianist Nikolai Medtner centered his creative focus on the piano, and his music shows a broad understanding of its capabilities as a communicative instrument. The title of this disc is taken from his three-movement composition Vergessene Weisen ("Forgotten Melodies"), Op. 39. 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.

"As shown in his Second Improvisation (in the Form of Variations), Op. 47, Medtner's gifts were his ability to shape the form of a piece, warmth of feeling, and an aristocratic tone…. Sonata-Idyll in G Major, Op. 56, Medtner's last composition, is so innocent and pastoral in nature, it is incredible to believe that anyone could be writing such music in the 'Age of Anxiety' that followed the end of World War II. Earl Wild saves his best for the high point of the program … Forgotten Melodies, Op. 39. He invests 'Meditation' and 'Romance' with all the feeling the composer intended. 'Primavera' has an irresistible flow of vital forces, letting us know Spring has emerged in all its glory. In 'Canzona matinata' ('Evening Serenade') we can almost hear singing voices accompanied by the soft strumming of a guitar. Finally, in 'Sonata Tragica' we have a powerful, full-blown sonata in a single movement. Wild does an exceptional job in keeping up the work's passionate intensity … a stunning conclusion to a recital that won't easily be 'forgotten'."—New Classik Reviews

 
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