Virtuoso Piano Transcriptions

Record and Artist Details

Composer or Director: Fryderyk Chopin, Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, Sergey Rachmaninov, Earl Wild, Fritz Kreisler, Camille Saint-Saëns, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Paul Pabst, Carl Tausig

Label: Sony Classical

Media Format: CD or Download

Mastering:

DDD

Catalogue Number: SK62036

Tracks:

Composition Artist Credit
Concerto for Piano and Orchestra No. 2 Fryderyk Chopin Composer
(6) Songs Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky Composer
Earl Wild
(12) Songs Sergey Rachmaninov Composer
Earl Wild
Improvisation on 'Après un rêve' (Fauré) Earl Wild Composer
Earl Wild
Liebesleid Fritz Kreisler Composer
Earl Wild
(Le) Rouet d'Omphale Earl Wild
Camille Saint-Saëns Composer
Swan Lake Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky Composer
Earl Wild
Don Giovanni Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Composer
Earl Wild
Paraphrase on 'Sleeping Beauty' (Tchaikovsky) Earl Wild
Paul Pabst Composer
Reminiscences of 'Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs' Earl Wild Composer
Earl Wild
(5) Nouvelles soirées de Vienne Earl Wild
Carl Tausig Composer
Hommage à Poulenc Earl Wild
Earl Wild Composer
On this record Earl Wild celebrates his eightieth birthday in inimitable style. Letting down his snow white hair he thunders and scintillates his way through a tantalizing assortment of arrangements (mostly his own), lavishly tinting every style and puckishly winking at this or that solemnity. A pianist with a sweet tooth blessed with an autocratic and crystalline technique, he resurrects some of his old favourites (Rachmaninov's These summer nights and the Kreisler/Rachmaninov Liebeslied, for example) but for the most part provides new and delectable offerings. Take the Wild Hommage a Poulenc for example, where the Sarabande from Bach's First Partita is held in a relentlessly 'blue' spotlight, enveloped in luscious night-club harmony; a naughty but affectionate tilt at 'the old wig' and also at all purists and Beckmessers. His arrangement of Saint-Saens's Le rouet d'Omphale, deriving in style from the Wagner-Liszt Spinning Chorus from Der fliegende Hollander is dazzlingly resourceful and Handel's Harmonious Blacksmith takes on a new lease of life, decked out with mischievous but stylish additions.
Wild's elaboration of the Larghetto from Chopin's Second Piano Concerto is a far cry (particularly in the central storm) from that composer's early elegance and transparency yet, even super-enriched, it is both personal and intriguing. The decadent commentary on the Rachmaninov song ends with comic abruptness while Tchaikovsky's At the ball concludes with a flight nimble enough to show how lightly Wild has worn his years. Lovers of easy sentiment will enjoy the effusive Reminiscences of ''Snow White'' though admirers of Faure's chaste voluptuousness will react to Wild's way with Apres un reve with more than a raised eyebrow. The Dance of the Swans from Swan Lake is as ear-tickling as ever and so, all in all, the instantly recognizable sheen and sparkle of this recital reflect a great pianist's tireless relish and delight in all things pianistic and seductive. The recordings are superb.'

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