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Gemini - Liszt: Works For Piano / Wild, Wilde, Kersenbaum


Release Date: 05/24/2005 
Label:  Emi Classics   Catalog #: 86522   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Franz Liszt
Performer:  Earl WildDavid WildeSylvia Kersenbaum
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 2 Hours 33 Mins. 

Imported from : European Union   
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

This Gemini two-fer affords a curious reckoning—two very good pianists (still performing, by the way) cheek-by-jowl with one of the great artists of our time captured at the top of his bent. Wild is so fluently, incandescently in command here that it would be all too easy to make invidious comparisons, but Wilde and Kersenbaum, heard on their own, turn in readings notable for dash, brilliance, and persuasiveness. One may find Wilde finicking in Gnomenreigen and oddly intimate in his small-scale rendering of the Liebestod, but his performances—especially in the Norma Fantasy—if not top drawer, give pleasure. Much the same may be said of Kersenbaum, whose faceless go at the Eugene Onegin Polonaise is richly compensated for by a spirited Valse Read more infernale (though not so spirited as to make one forget Wild’s tilt at it in his justly famous “Demonic Liszt” album—lately reissued as Vanguard ATM-CD-1488, Fanfare 28:1) and an impressive account of Hexaméron, that glorious curiosity of Romantic piano literature encompassing variations on the March from Bellini’s Puritani by Liszt, Thalberg, Pixis, Herz, Czerny, and Chopin! That’s a formidable roster to confront—stylistically and technically—but she faces it fearlessly and brings it off triumphantly. Recorded between 1968 and 1973, sound is never less than adequately detailed, though the aural perspective recedes a bit with each performer—Wild is taken with an immediacy registering his extraordinary tonal finesse, by comparison with which Wilde seems discreetly recessed, while Kersenbaum has slipped into large-hall ambience. Tape hiss is audible at track entrances. Recommended.

Adrian Corleonis, FANFARE
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Works on This Recording

1.
Ballade for Piano no 2 in B minor, S 171 by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Earl Wild (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1853; Weimar, Germany 
2.
Tarantelle di bravura "La Muette di Portici" (Auber), S 386 by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Earl Wild (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1846 
3.
Petrarca Sonnets (3) for Piano, S 158: no 2, Sonetto 104 by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Earl Wild (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: ?1839-46; Hungary 
4.
Petrarca Sonnets (3) for Piano, S 158: no 3, Sonetto 123 by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Earl Wild (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: ?1839-46; Hungary 
5.
Valses oubliées (4) for Piano, S 215: no 1 in F sharp major by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Earl Wild (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1881; Rome, Italy 
6.
Transcendental Etudes (6) after Paganini, S 140: no 3 "La Campanella" by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Earl Wild (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1838; Switzerland 
7.
Transcendental Etudes (12) for Piano, S 139: no 5, Feux follets by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Earl Wild (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1851; Weimar, Germany 
8.
Transcendental Etudes (12) for Piano, S 139: no 9, Ricordanza by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Earl Wild (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1851; Weimar, Germany 
9.
Transcendental Etudes (12) for Piano, S 139: no 3, Paysage by Franz Liszt
Performer:  David Wilde (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1851; Weimar, Germany 
10.
Transcendental Etudes (6) after Paganini, S 140: no 5 "La Chasse" by Franz Liszt
Performer:  David Wilde (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1838; Switzerland 
11.
Concert Etudes (2) for Piano, S 145: no 1, Waldesrauschen by Franz Liszt
Performer:  David Wilde (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: ?1862-63; Rome, Italy 
12.
Concert Etudes (2) for Piano, S 145: no 2, Gnomenreigen by Franz Liszt
Performer:  David Wilde (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: ?1862-63; Rome, Italy 
13.
Rhapsodie espagnole for Piano, S 254 by Franz Liszt
Performer:  David Wilde (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: circa 1863; Rome, Italy 
14.
Isolde's "Liebestod" from Wagner's "Tristan", S 447 by Franz Liszt
Performer:  David Wilde (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1867; Weimar, Germany 
15.
Réminiscences de Norma (Bellini), S 394 by Franz Liszt
Performer:  David Wilde (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1841; Paris, France 
16.
Hexameron, S 392 by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Sylvia Kersenbaum (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1837; Paris, France 
17.
Réminiscences de "Robert le Diable": Valse infernale, S 413 by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Sylvia Kersenbaum (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1841; Germany 
18.
Polonaise from Tchaikovsky's "Eugene Onegin", S 429 by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Sylvia Kersenbaum (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1880; Rome, Italy 

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