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Earl Wild At 30 - Live Radio Broadcasts From The 1940's


Release Date: 09/14/2004 
Label:  Ivory Classics   Catalog #: 74003   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Domenico ScarlattiFelix MendelssohnLouis-Claude DaquinModest Mussorgsky,   ... 
Performer:  Earl Wild
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Mono 
Length: 0 Hours 54 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

All tracks have been digitally mastered using 24-bit technology.

R E V I E W S

Earl Wild has been such a consistently youthful presence throughout the LP and CD eras that you can easily forget that the pianist who taped the “Virtuoso Piano” collection and the complete Rachmaninoff concertos 40 years ago was already a seasoned performer. Indeed, the pianist who churned out music-on-demand for ABC and NBC two decades before that was already a seasoned performer, too — as this souvenir of those years makes clear. To be sure, these performances don’t boast the depth of artistry or the control of tone heard in Wild’s more recent recordings. Next to the aching and artfully shaped 1993 version of Rachmaninoff’s
Read more regretful Prelude in G, for instance, this version from half a century earlier, nearly half a minute quicker, seems slightly impatient and under-nuanced. And those who turn to Chopin’s A Major Polonaise for nobility and nostalgia may find Wild’s account too uninhibited. But whatever these performances lack in depth, they more than compensate for in brilliance: whether in the sting of the Mendelssohn, the spit of the rarely-heard Mussorgsky trifle, the rhythmic kick of the Scarlatti, or the quick reaction time of Rachmaninoff’s Polichinelle (played with an irrepressibly bold comedic spirit), they have a rare combination of sizzle and wit that’s impossible to resist.

The gem of the collection, not surprisingly, is the lean, nervous account of the Liszt Sonata, a frankly virtuosic reading marked by sharp edges, striking accents, and torrents of sound in the climaxes. Wild’s last recording of the piece, from the mid 1980s (see 24:5; there was also a recording in the 1970s), is richer in tone and far more willing to question and explore. But this earlier performance is so committed to its more sensational aesthetic that its high melodrama simply carries you along.

There are a few touches of pre-echo, but the sound is otherwise excellent, given the sources—and as always with Ivory, the notes and illustrations are exemplary. First-rate.

Peter J. Rabinowitz, FANFARE
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Works on This Recording

1.
Sonata for Harpsichord in D major, K 96/L 465 by Domenico Scarlatti
Performer:  Earl Wild (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 18th Century 
Date of Recording: 1940s 
Venue:  Live  NBC Radio, New York City 
Length: 4 Minutes 4 Secs. 
2.
Fantasies or Caprices (3) for Piano, Op. 16: no 2 in E minor, Scherzo by Felix Mendelssohn
Performer:  Earl Wild (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1829; Germany 
Date of Recording: 1940s 
Venue:  Live  ABC Studio, New York City 
Length: 2 Minutes 20 Secs. 
3.
Premier livre de pièces: Troisième Suite - Le coucou by Louis-Claude Daquin
Performer:  Earl Wild (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1735; France 
Date of Recording: 1940s 
Venue:  Live  NBC Radio, New York City 
Length: 2 Minutes 6 Secs. 
4.
Ein Kinderscherz by Modest Mussorgsky
Performer:  Earl Wild (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1859/1860; Russia 
Date of Recording: 1940s 
Venue:  Live  NBC Radio, New York City 
Length: 2 Minutes 25 Secs. 
5.
Morceaux de fantaisies (5), Op. 3: no 4, Polichinelle in F sharp minor by Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer:  Earl Wild (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1892; Russia 
Date of Recording: 1940s 
Venue:  Live  NBC Radio, New York City 
Length: 3 Minutes 12 Secs. 
6.
Fantasiestücke (2), Op. 17: no 2, Hexentanz by Edward MacDowell
Performer:  Earl Wild (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1883; Germany 
Date of Recording: 1940s 
Venue:  Live  NBC Radio, New York City 
Length: 2 Minutes 42 Secs. 
7.
Preludes (13) for Piano, Op. 32: no 5 in G major, Moderato by Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer:  Earl Wild (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1910; Russia 
Date of Recording: 1940s 
Venue:  Live  NBC Radio, New York City 
Length: 2 Minutes 20 Secs. 
8.
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: 1940s 
Venue:  Live  ABC Studio, New York City 
Length: 27 Minutes 48 Secs. 
9.
Polonaise for Piano in A flat major, B 147/Op. 53 "Heroic" by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Earl Wild (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1842; Paris, France 
Date of Recording: 1940s 
Venue:  Live  ABC Studio, New York City 
Length: 5 Minutes 52 Secs. 

Sound Samples

Keyboard Sonata in D major, K.96/L.465/P.210
3 Fantaisies ou caprices, Op. 16: No. 2. Scherzo in E minor
Premier livre de pieces de clavecin, Suite No. 3: No. 15. Le Coucou
Ein Kinderscherz (revised version)
Morceaux de fantaisie, Op. 3: No. 4. Polichinelle in F sharp minor
2 Fantasiestucke, Op. 17: No. 2. Hexentanz
13 Preludes, Op. 32: No. 5 in G major: Moderato
Piano Sonata in B minor, S178/R21
Polonaise No. 6 in A flat major, Op. 53, "Heroic"

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