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David Wilde’s power and individuality make a separation between composer and performer, between creator and re-creator unrealistic. He sees the simple grace and lyricism favoured by many pianists as an evasion of a deeper poetic truth, and if he gives us all of Brahms’ exulting strength in the fugue from the ‘Handel’ Variations, he is no less responsive to darker nights of the soul in Op. 117. Always there is an open invitation to reappraise Brahms’ genius, not by a radical reinterpretation (the determinedly ‘different’ way of, say, Gould or Pogorelich), but by a probing and enquiring look beneath the music’s surface life. David Wilde may be true to the composer, but he is a pianist to make you think again.
committed, authoritative and at times dazzlingly virtuosic'
– Gramophone, November 2002
‘one of the most intense and involving performances that I've heard ’
– International Record Review, October 2007 Read less
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