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Earl Wild: Performs His Own Compositions and Transcriptions

Earl Wild, piano & conductor. NBC Radio Orchestra. Des Moines Symphony. Joseph Giunta, conductor.
Label Ivory Classics
Format CD
Runtime/Release Date 73'35/2009
UPC 644057900328
Daedalus Item Code 37088
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Wild's renown as a concert pianist has somewhat eclipsed his equal prowess as a composer and conductor. Like Liszt and Rachmaninov, he is a master of all three disciplines. Not only that, but he is one of the finest transcribers for piano of all time. This program kicks of with a bang in Wild's 22 Variations on a Theme by Stephen Foster for Piano and Orchestra ("Doo-Dah Variations"), with such movements as honky-tonk, barn dance, revivalist march, cowboys and Indians, belle époque waltz, salute to Mexico, and Hollywood finale. Among the sections of his Theme and Variations on "Someone to Watch Over Me" are a Barcarolle, Brazilian Dance, and Tango, while his three-movement Sonata of 2000 includes a "Toccata (à la Ricky Martin)." After taking us on his on Adventure for Piano & Orchestra, Wild concludes with a rousing transcription of Rakoczy March by Hector Berlioz. This Ivory Classics disc is part of a career overview of Earl Wild, born in 1915, whose playing was already "a source of wonder"by the time he turned six, according to Time magazine. A concert hall veteran as a teenager, Wild joined Arturo Toscanini's NBC Symphony and performed a breakout radio broadcast of Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue with that orchestra in 1942. Two years later, he gave the first piano recital on American television. From his vast repertoire, Wild made more than 100 recordings reflecting "not only lofty technical standards but a striking musical sophistication," wrote LA Times music critic Daniel Cariaga. The Chicago Tribune marveled that Wild's "polished pianism, knowing application of color and refined poetic sensibility make every piece come alive." We treasure these masterful and thoroughly enjoyable performances of the late, great American virtuoso, and hope you will too.

"Wild has probably been underestimated because he is an American and began his career in the mass medium of radio. He was also perhaps too closely associated with Gershwin's 'Rhapsody in Blue,' a work he performed on a national broadcast with Toscanini conducting ('it sounded,' he once told me, 'like 'The Pines of Rome' '); his recording with Arthur Fiedler and the Boston Pops is probably still the all-time best-selling performance of the work."—Boston Globe

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Earl Wild: In Concert, Vol. 1
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Publisher: Ivory Classics.   Format: CD. UPC: 644057800123.  Daedalus Item Code: 37061
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