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The Romantic Master - Earl Wild (The 1985 Sessions) - Liszt


Release Date: 01/16/2001 
Label:  Ivory Classics   Catalog #: 72001   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Franz Liszt
Performer:  Earl Wild
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 2 Hours 22 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

In 1985 Earl Wild recorded three double albums of Liszt's music for the Dutch Etcetera label. Here is a generous cross-section of that material for those who missed it the first time around. I'm pleased to report that Ivory Classics' remasterings reveal a more three-dimensional soundstage than before, even though the close, airless miking doesn't always allow Wild's singing tone, masterful pedal effects, and color shadings to congeal as they should. That said, these selections cover a broad spectrum of Liszt's diverse piano output and make an ideal introduction to his music. More importantly, Wild never fails to channel his virtuosity toward musical ends. He declaims rather than rushes through the Dante Sonata's myriad octave passages, and Read more similarly takes time to orchestrate the B minor Ballade's groaning chromatic runs in the bass. The pianist also resists the temptation to turn Funérailles' central section into a mere octave etude, taking trouble to shape the rising right-hand chords.


Wild spent his formative years working with opera singers, and it really shows in lyrical selections like the three Petrarca Sonettos, the Third Consolation, the Chopin/Liszt song My Joys, plus the Second and Third Liebesträume. Un Sospiro is refreshingly direct and free of treacle. On the other hand, Wild seems a bit impatient to get through the Sonata's more lyrical sentiments, such as the magical, quiet scales right before the fugue. I prefer his earlier recording (once available on a Quintessence LP) for its riper sonics and greater thrust in the heroic sections. Likewise, Wild's 1985 Mephisto Polka seems a shade slack compared to his classic 1968 recording on The Demonic Liszt (Vanguard)--one of the all-time great Liszt recitals in phonographic history. My niggling reservations should not detract anyone from buying this set, which deserves a worthy place in any good piano library.
--Jed Distler, ClassicsToday.com Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Années de pèlerinage, deuxième année, S 161 "Italie": no 7, Après une lecture du Dante by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Earl Wild (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1837-1849; Weimar, Germany 
Date of Recording: 12/1985 
Venue:  New York, New York 
Length: 15 Minutes 58 Secs. 
2.
Années de pèlerinage, deuxième année, S 161 "Italie": no 4, Sonetto 47 del Petrarca by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Earl Wild (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1837-1849; Weimar, Germany 
Date of Recording: 12/1985 
Venue:  New York, New York 
Length: 6 Minutes 20 Secs. 
3.
Années de pèlerinage, deuxième année, S 161 "Italie": no 5, Sonetto 104 del Petrarca by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Earl Wild (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1837-1849; Weimar, Germany 
Date of Recording: 12/1985 
Venue:  New York, New York 
Length: 6 Minutes 31 Secs. 
4.
Années de pèlerinage, deuxième année, S 161 "Italie": no 6, Sonetto 123 del Petrarca by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Earl Wild (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1837-1849; Weimar, Germany 
Date of Recording: 12/1985 
Venue:  New York, New York 
Length: 7 Minutes 4 Secs. 
5.
Années de pèlerinage no 3, S 163: no 4, Les jeux d'eaux à la Villa d'Este by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Earl Wild (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1867-1877; Rome, Italy 
Date of Recording: 12/1985 
Venue:  New York, New York 
Length: 7 Minutes 41 Secs. 
6.
Ballade for Piano no 2 in B minor, S 171 by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Earl Wild (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1853; Weimar, Germany 
Date of Recording: 12/1985 
Venue:  New York, New York 
Length: 13 Minutes 59 Secs. 
7.
Liebesträume for Piano, S 541: no 2, Gestorben war ich by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Earl Wild (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: circa 1850; Weimar, Germany 
Date of Recording: 12/1985 
Venue:  New York, New York 
Length: 4 Minutes 27 Secs. 
8.
Liebesträume for Piano, S 541: no 3, O Lieb, so lang by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Earl Wild (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: circa 1850; Weimar, Germany 
Date of Recording: 12/1985 
Venue:  New York, New York 
Length: 42 Minutes 6 Secs. 
9.
Concert Etudes (3) for Piano, S 144: no 3 in D flat Major, Un sospiro by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Earl Wild (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: circa 1848; Weimar, Germany 
Date of Recording: 12/1985 
Venue:  New York, New York 
Length: 5 Minutes 14 Secs. 
10.
Fantasy and Fugue of JS Bach in G minor (BWV 542) for Piano, S 463 by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Earl Wild (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: by 1863 
Date of Recording: 12/1985 
Venue:  New York, New York 
Length: 11 Minutes 12 Secs. 
11.
Sonata for Piano in B minor, S 178 by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Earl Wild (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1852-1853; Weimar, Germany 
Date of Recording: 12/1985 
Venue:  New York, New York 
Length: 28 Minutes 27 Secs. 
12.
Buch der Lieder, Volume 1, S 531: no 1, Die Loreley by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Earl Wild (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: circa 1843; Germany 
Date of Recording: 12/1985 
Venue:  New York, New York 
Length: 6 Minutes 31 Secs. 
13.
Polish Songs (6) for Piano (Chopin), S 480: no 5, My darling by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Earl Wild (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1847-1860; Weimar, Germany 
Date of Recording: 12/1985 
Venue:  New York, New York 
Length: 4 Minutes 21 Secs. 
14.
Mephisto Polka for Piano, S 217 by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Earl Wild (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1883; Rome, Italy 
Date of Recording: 12/1985 
Venue:  New York, New York 
Length: 4 Minutes 3 Secs. 
15.
Consolations (6) for Piano, S 172: no 3 in D flat major, Lento placido by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Earl Wild (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1849-1850; Weimar, Germany 
Date of Recording: 12/1985 
Venue:  New York, New York 
Length: 4 Minutes 32 Secs. 
16.
Harmonies poétiques et réligieuses, S 173: no 7, Funérailles by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Earl Wild (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1845-1852; Weimar, Germany 
Date of Recording: 12/1985 
Venue:  New York, New York 
Length: 12 Minutes 29 Secs. 

Sound Samples

Annees de pelerinage, 2nd year, Italy, S161/R10b: No. 7. Apres une lecture du Dante, fantasia quasi una sonata (After Reading Dante)
Annees de pelerinage, 2nd year, Italy, S161/R10b: No. 4. Sonetto 47 del Petrarca (Sonnet 47 of Petrarch)
Annees de pelerinage, 2nd year, Italy, S161/R10b: No. 5. Sonetto 104 del Petrarca (Sonnet 104 of Petrarch)
Annees de pelerinage, 2nd year, Italy, S161/R10b: No. 6. Sonetto 123 del Petrarca (Sonnet 123 of Petrarch)
Annees de pelerinage, 3rd year, S163/R10: No. 4. Les jeux d'eau a la Villa d'Este (The Fountains of the Villa d'Este)
Ballade No. 2 in B minor, S171/R16
Liebestraume, S541/R211: No. 3. Nocturne in A flat major: No. 2. Nocturne in E flat major
Liebestraume, S541/R211: No. 3. Nocturne in A flat major: No. 3. Nocturne in A flat major
3 Etudes de concert, S144/R5: No. 3 in D flat major, "Un Sospiro"
Fantasy and Fugue, S463/R120 (after Bach's Fantasia and fugue in G minor, BWV 542): Fantasy
Fantasy and Fugue, S463/R120 (after Bach's Fantasia and fugue in G minor, BWV 542): Fugue
Piano Sonata in B minor, S178/R21: Lento assai - Allegro energico - Grandioso - Recitative - Andante sostenuto - Quasi adagio
Piano Sonata in B minor, S178/R21: Fugue: Allegro energico - Piu mosso - Stretta quasi presto - Presto - Prestissimo - Andante sostenuto - Allegro moderato - Lento assai
Die Loreley, S532/R209/1
Harmonies poetiques et religieuses, S173/R14: VII. Funerailles
Chopin - 6 Chants polonais, S480/R145: No. 5. Mein Freuden (Moja pieszczotka, My Joys)
Mephisto Polka, S217/R39
Consolations, S172/R12: No. 3 in D flat major: Lento placido

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