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Earl Wild - Chopin: The Complete Etudes Op 10 & Op 25, Etc


Release Date: 09/05/2006 
Label:  Ivory Classics   Catalog #: 76003   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Earl Wild
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 7 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Earl Wild: Chopin - The Complete Études

"The complete Études (Studies) were recorded and originally released in 1992 when Wild was seventy-seven. Again Wild favoured a Baldwin piano for the Columbus recording sessions. The first set of twelve Études, Op. 10 (1829-32) was published as such in 1833 and was dedicated by Chopin to Franz Liszt. The second set of twelve Études, Op. 25 (1832-36) was published as a single volume in 1837 bearing the dedication to Franz Liszt’s mistress Countess Marie d’Agoult. In 1840 Ignaz Moscheles and François-Joseph Fétis published their celebrated piano instruction book Méthode des Méthodes de piano (Method of Methods for the Piano).
Read more Chopin’s Trois Nouvelles Études (Three New Études) were composed in 1839 as his contribution to the supplementary volume to the Méthode. Although the Trois Nouvelles Études were actually published in Chopin’s lifetime in 1840 it was thought - incorrectly - that they had been published as posthumous works.

Of the Twelve Études, Op. 10 (1829-32) Earl Wild’s interpretation of the Étude in C major, Op. 10/1 is noteworthy with his right hand arpeggios sounding like waves lapping on the shore. The soloist in the Étude in A minor, Op. 10/2 has a scurrying quality that feels like a fiendishly difficult exercise. I was impressed by the fun and frolics with the black notes in the ‘Black Key’ Étude in G flat major, Op. 10/5. One senses that Wild is less comfortable with the serious and nervous temperament of the Étude in E flat minor, Op. 10/6 than my benchmark interpretations from Murray Perahia on Sony Classical and Maurizio Pollini on Deutsche Grammophon. With the repeated notes and arpeggios of the tempestuous Étude in F minor, Op. 10/9 the soloist communicates anger and frustration. A strong feel of the parlour expressed by the Étude in A flat major, Op. 10/10 does not convey the technical difficulties of the study. The final work of the opus 10 set is the appropriately titled ‘Revolutionary’ Étude in C minor, Op. 10/12. Chopin was inspired to write the C minor by the invasion of Warsaw by the Russian army and Wild does not fail in providing power and tension in profusion.

In first of the Twelve Études, Op. 25 the Étude in A flat major, Op. 25/1, known as the ‘Aeolian Harp’, one marvels at the splendid embellishments and other wizardry that Chopin demands. In the Étude in F minor, Op. 25/2 known by the sobriquet of ‘Les Abeilles’ (The Bees) Wild convincingly suggests a picture of insects in flight and in the Étude in A minor, Op. 25/4 one feels the temperament of this restless and nervy study. His interpretation of the Étude in E minor, Op. 25/5 is evocative of birds darting around foraging for food. Unlike some performers he chooses not to accentuate the attractive melody in the central section. The brief Étude in G flat major, Op. 25/9 titled ‘Butterfly’ is a jovial and swift piece that contrasts with the frenzied attack by Wild in the Étude in B minor, Op. 25/10. The B minor study has a melodic central section that provides a welcome respite. I enjoyed the playing of the Étude in A minor, Op. 25/11 titled ‘Winter Wind’, a complex and turbulent work that sends a chill down the spine. The final piece of the opus 25 set is the Étude in C minor, Op. 25/12 that is noteworthy for its rapid left and right hand arpeggios over a noble melody.

With the Trois Nouvelles Études I particularly enjoyed the Slavic feel to the forthright Étude, No. 1 in F minor. In the Étude, No. 2 in A flat major Wild imparts a disconcerted and restless quality and in the Étude, No. 3 in D flat major a generally pensive mood is established with undercurrents of petulance.

This Ivory Classics release was recorded by Earl Wild in 1992 at Fernleaf Abbey, Columbus, Ohio. The digital quality of this 20-bit State-of-the-Art Original recording is of a high standard, being especially bright and clear with an impressive balance. For those technically minded we are informed that the recording has been remastered at 24-bit using the SADiE Artemis High Resolution digital workstation. James E. Frazier again provides the liner-notes and essay; a model of the finest annotation."

-- Michael Cookson, MusicWeb International
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Works on This Recording

1.
Etudes (12) for Piano, Op. 10 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Earl Wild (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1829-1833; Poland 
Venue:  Fernleaf Abbey, Columbus, Ohio 
Length: 29 Minutes 8 Secs. 
Notes: Fernleaf Abbey, Columbus, Ohio (06/08/1992 - 06/12/1992) 
2.
Etudes (12) for Piano, Op. 25 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Earl Wild (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1832-1836; Paris, France 
Venue:  Fernleaf Abbey, Columbus, Ohio 
Length: 30 Minutes 19 Secs. 
Notes: Fernleaf Abbey, Columbus, Ohio (06/08/1992 - 06/12/1992) 
3.
Nouvelles Etudes (3) for Piano, B 130 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Earl Wild (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1839; Paris, France 
Venue:  Fernleaf Abbey, Columbus, Ohio 
Length: 5 Minutes 49 Secs. 
Notes: Fernleaf Abbey, Columbus, Ohio (06/08/1992 - 06/12/1992) 

Sound Samples

12 Etudes, Op. 10: No. 1 in C major, Op. 10, No. 1
12 Etudes, Op. 10: No. 2 in A minor, Op. 10, No. 2
12 Etudes, Op. 10: No. 3 in E major, Op. 10, No. 3
12 Etudes, Op. 10: No. 4 in C sharp minor Op. 10, No. 4
12 Etudes, Op. 10: No. 5 in G flat major, Op. 10, No. 5, "Black Keys"
12 Etudes, Op. 10: No. 6 in E flat minor, Op. 10, No. 6
12 Etudes, Op. 10: No. 7 in C major, Op. 10, No. 7
12 Etudes, Op. 10: No. 8 in F major, Op. 10, No. 8
12 Etudes, Op. 10: No. 9 in F minor, Op. 10, No. 9
12 Etudes, Op. 10: No. 10 in A flat major, Op. 10, No. 10
12 Etudes, Op. 10: No. 11 in E flat major, Op. 10, No. 11
12 Etudes, Op. 10: No. 12 in C minor, Op. 10, No. 12, "Revolutionary"
12 Etudes, Op. 25: No. 13 in A flat major, Op. 25, No. 1, "Harp Study"
12 Etudes, Op. 25: No. 14 in F minor, Op. 25, No. 2
12 Etudes, Op. 25: No. 15 in F major, Op. 25, No. 3
12 Etudes, Op. 25: No. 16 in A minor, Op. 25, No. 4
12 Etudes, Op. 25: No. 17 in E minor, Op. 25, No. 5
12 Etudes, Op. 25: No. 18 in G sharp minor, Op. 25, No. 6
12 Etudes, Op. 25: No. 19 in C sharp minor, Op. 25, No. 7
12 Etudes, Op. 25: No. 20 in D flat major, Op. 25, No. 8
12 Etudes, Op. 25: No. 21 in G flat major, Op. 25, No. 9, "Butterfly's Wings"
12 Etudes, Op. 25: No. 22 in B minor, Op. 25, No. 10
12 Etudes, Op. 25: No. 23 in A minor, Op. 25, No. 11, "Winter Wind"
12 Etudes, Op. 25: No. 24 in C minor, Op. 25, No. 12
3 Nouvelles etudes, Op. posth.: No. 1 in F minor
3 Nouvelles etudes, Op. posth.: No. 2 in A flat major
3 Nouvelles etudes, Op. posth.: No. 3 in D flat major

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