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Earl Wild - Recital


Release Date: 04/06/2004 
Label:  Ivory Classics   Catalog #: 73005   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus MozartAlessandro MarcelloLudwig van BeethovenMily Balakirev,   ... 
Performer:  Earl Wild
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 18 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews


At age 88 Earl Wild's fabled technique remains staggeringly intact, while his artistry continues to evolve. The opening selection, Marcello's Adagio, tells all, with its beautifully spun right-hand melodies and long-lined dynamic gradations in the left hand. Wild's clear and perfectly proportioned Mozart F major sonata takes operatic wing with its tasteful embellishments and scintillating passagework. Likewise, the pianist doesn't shirk from the formidable technical challenges posed by Beethoven's C minor Variations, and he unleashes plenty of power and dramatic thrust when the music calls for it--a wonderful performance.


Balakirev's meaty B minor sonata--a rarity in
Read more performance--has fared well on disc, mainly with British pianists, including Louis Kentner, Albert Ferber, Malcolm Binns, Ronald Smith, Donna Amato, and Gordon Fergus-Thompson. While the latter two bring a wider dynamic compass to the outer movements, Wild's bedrock tempos, instinct for shaping the music's introspective melodies, and rhythmic élan in the Mazurka movement yield to no competition. Wild gives Chopin's Impromptus a brisk makeover and imbues the writing with infinitely varied articulation and color shadings (for my definition of Nirvana, check out Wild's fleet, detaché playing in the Fantasie-Impromptu). What's more, he achieves all of this with virtually no pedal.


And who but Earl Wild could fashion so well crafted, harmonically sophisticated, and unabashedly entertaining a transcription of the Mexican Hat Dance? It doesn't hurt that Wild has a gorgeous piano at his disposal (a Shigeru Kawai EX Concert Grand), and that the engineering does ample justice to both instrument and artist. When you hear this disc, you'll believe in miracles. Buy it. [1/14/2004]
--Jed Distler, ClassicsToday.com Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Sonata for Piano no 12 in F major, K 332 (300k) by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Earl Wild (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1781-1783; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 03/2003 
Venue:  Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, Buffalo 
Length: 14 Minutes 25 Secs. 
2.
Concerto for Oboe in D minor: 2nd movement, Adagio by Alessandro Marcello
Performer:  Earl Wild (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1717; Italy 
Date of Recording: 03/2003 
Venue:  Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, Buffalo 
Length: 4 Minutes 30 Secs. 
Notes: Arranged: Earl Wild 
3.
Variations (32) for Piano in C minor on an Original Theme, WoO 80 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Earl Wild (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1806; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 03/2003 
Venue:  Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, Buffalo 
Length: 10 Minutes 34 Secs. 
4.
Sonata for Piano no 1 in B flat minor, Op. 5 by Mily Balakirev
Performer:  Earl Wild (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1855-1856; Russia 
Date of Recording: 03/2003 
Venue:  Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, Buffalo 
Length: 24 Minutes 51 Secs. 
5.
Impromptu for Piano no 1 in A flat major, B 110/Op. 29 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Earl Wild (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1837; Paris, France 
Date of Recording: 03/2003 
Venue:  Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, Buffalo 
Length: 3 Minutes 36 Secs. 
6.
Impromptu for Piano no 2 in F sharp major, B 129/Op. 36 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Earl Wild (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1839; Paris, France 
Date of Recording: 03/2003 
Venue:  Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, Buffalo 
Length: 5 Minutes 50 Secs. 
7.
Impromptu for Piano no 3 in G flat major, b 149/Op. 51 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Earl Wild (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1842; Paris, France 
Date of Recording: 03/2003 
Venue:  Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, Buffalo 
Length: 4 Minutes 36 Secs. 
8.
Impromptu for Piano no 4 in C sharp minor, B 87/Op. 66 "Fantaisie-Impromptu" by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Earl Wild (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1835; Paris, France 
Date of Recording: 03/2003 
Venue:  Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, Buffalo 
Length: 5 Minutes 3 Secs. 
9.
Jarabe Tapatio "Mexican Hat Dance" by Earl Wild
Performer:  Earl Wild (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: USA 
Date of Recording: 03/2003 
Venue:  Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, Buffalo 
Length: 3 Minutes 27 Secs. 

Sound Samples

Oboe Concerto in D minor: II. Adagio (arr. E. Wild)
Piano Sonata No. 12 in F major, K. 332: I. Allegro
Piano Sonata No. 12 in F major, K. 332: II. Adagio
Piano Sonata No. 12 in F major, K. 332: III. Allegro assai
32 Variations in C minor, WoO 80
Piano Sonata in B flat minor, Op. 5: I. Andantino
Piano Sonata in B flat minor, Op. 5: II. Mazurka: Moderato
Piano Sonata in B flat minor, Op. 5: III. Intermezzo: Larghetto
Piano Sonata in B flat minor, Op. 5: IV. Allegro non troppo, ma con fuoco
Impromptu No. 1 in A flat major, Op. 29
Impromptu No. 2 in F sharp major, Op. 36
Impromptu No. 3 in G flat major, Op. 51
Fantasy-Impromptu in C sharp minor, Op. 66
Mexican Hat Dance (arr. E. Wild)

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