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The Virtuosity of Earl Wild
Earl Wild, Tchaikovsky, Dohnanyi, Moszkowski, d'Albert, Schumann, Paganini, Mendelssohn, Verdi, Chopin, Schubert, Wagner Liszt
The Virtuosity of Earl Wild
Genres: Dance & Electronic, Jazz, Special Interest, Classical
 
  •  Track Listings (11) - Disc #1
  •  Track Listings (17) - Disc #2

Scintillating ? Exciting ? Riveting ? Powerful ? Awesome ? Stupendous performances of some of the most difficult piano showpieces ever written. Earl Wild bedazzles with his keyboard pyrotechnics, charms us with his musicia...  more »

      
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Scintillating ? Exciting ? Riveting ? Powerful ? Awesome ? Stupendous performances of some of the most difficult piano showpieces ever written. Earl Wild bedazzles with his keyboard pyrotechnics, charms us with his musicianship and always impresses us with his élan. The virtuosic Liszt, Dohnányi, Tchaikovsky, Moszkowski, Chopin, Mendelssohn, and d?Albert compositions come alive in this 2 disc collection that every piano enthusiast will want to own! (ADD & DDD)Recorded: 11/63, 10/64, 1966, 4/67, 4/68, 6/69, 1976, 10/78 and 12/85. Mastered using 20-Bit State-of-the-Art Technology ? HDCD Encoded
 

CD Reviews

Sensational pianistic fireworks
06/15/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Ivory Classics are now releasing a series of the veteran American piano virtuoso Earl Wild's recordings, upon which his reputation as a super-virtuoso rests. These superbly refurbished recordings date from the 1960s to 1980s and mostly capture Wild at his technical and interpretative best. Take the fiendish Liszt Mephisto Waltz No. 1 for example. Even in the light of Wild's three other recordings of this piece, and other famous ones from Kapell, Horowitz, and Cziffra, this version is a spine-tingling diabolic ride at a staggering basic tempo. Other high-lights include Liszt's Grand Galop Chromatique (better balanced and controlled than Cziffra's), Gnomenreigen, and a stunning Dohnanyi pairing. Many other adventures await the listener - snap these discs up, a bargain at the price."
Sorcerer's Apprentice
John M. Cook | Astoria, NY United States | 04/29/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)

"It's almost comical, the embarrassment of riches one finds on this 2-CD set. Each performance here stands as its own jewel. Each interpretation is carefully mapped out and flawlessly executed. One gets the feeling with Wild that seldom does he walk away after a performance not having done at least 99% of what he set out to do.

In the difficult(although rather silly)Grand Galop Chromatique of Liszt, Wild's touch is light but solid all at the same time. Very few pianists get to the end of this piece without sounding like their hands are going to drop off from fatigue. Yet Wild never gives a sense of this.

Having listened to perhaps fifty different recordings of the Mephisto Waltz #1 over the last twenty years, I still prefer Wild's. More than anyone he captures the sense of hallucinogenic sexuality that's heavily laced into this piece. Even with the brisk tempo he takes, the playing never loses its creaminess, it's seductiveness; it's dangerous allure.

There's nothing more satisfying than to be able to return to favorite pieces of music throughout the years and constantly find new things about them you never discovered before. So to with these interpretations, you'll find many reasons to keep coming back again and again, to savor the superb artistry of Earl Wild."
The last American Romantic pianist!
Hiram Gomez Pardo | Valencia, Venezuela | 11/19/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Earl Wild is a true icon in the story of the American pianism. His excel virtues and broad gusto for an impressive of composers and tendencies have become him in obligated reference at the moment of rethink and establish a definitive valuation of the most intrepid and virtuosi pianist of several generations.

Once more he surprises us with his idiomatic Liszt, conferring him of vitality, spontaneity, expression and flair. Do not forget to include him among the selected dynasty of the Great at the moment to name Giants of the status of Gyorgy Cziffra, Erwin Nyiregihazi, Louis Kentner, Edith Farnadi, Samson Francois, Leslie Howard, and Michael Ponti.
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