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listen  1. Annees de pelerinage, 2nd year, Italy, S161/R10b: Après une lecture du Dante (Fantasia quasi Sonata)16:03Album Only
listen  2. Annees de pelerinage, 2nd year, Italy, S161/R10b: Sonetto 47 del Petrarca 6:23$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Annees de pelerinage, 2nd year, Italy, S161/R10b: Sonetto 104 del Petrarca 6:33$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Annees de pelerinage, 2nd year, Italy, S161/R10b: Sonetto 123 del Petrarca 7:08Album Only
listen  5. Annees de pelerinage, 3rd year, S163/R10: Les jeux d'eau à la Villa d'Este 7:45Album Only
listen  6. Annees de pelerinage, 3rd year, S163/R10: Ballade No.2 in B minor (S171/R16)14:03Album Only
listen  7. Liebesträume, 3 Notturnos: Liebesträume (Notturno) No.2 in E flat Major (2nd Version) 4:31$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Liebesträume, 3 Notturnos: Liebesträume (Notturno) No.3 in A flat Major 4:31$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Concert Étude No. 3 in D flat Major "Un Sospiro" 5:14$0.99  Buy MP3 


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listen  1. Fantasia and Fugue in G minor, S463/R120: Fantasia (Grave) 5:49$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Fantasia and Fugue in G minor, S463/R120: Fugue (Allegro) 5:27$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Piano Sonata in B minor: Lento assai - Allegro energico - Grandioso - Recitative - Andante sostenuto - Quasi Adagio18:35Album Only
listen  4. Piano Sonata in B minor: Fugue 9:54Album Only
listen  5. Die Loreley (Second Version) 6:35$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Harmonies poétiques et religieuses12:34Album Only
listen  7. 6 Chants polonais 4:25$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Mephisto Polka 4:07$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Consolation No. 3 in D flat Major 4:32$0.99  Buy MP3 


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Product Details

  • Performer: Earl Wild
  • Composer: Franz Liszt
  • Audio CD (January 16, 2001)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Ivory Classics
  • ASIN: B000056CG1
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #130,275 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Critics and audiences all over the world have praised Earl Wild's virtuosity and musicality. In a continuing celebration of his 85th birthday, Ivory Classics is re-issuing some of his most collectible and most admired performances of Franz Liszt's masterpieces. Available for the first time in remastered 24-bit high definition HDCD encoded sound!

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Earl Wild is a premier Lisztian, one of the great Romantic pianists of our age, claims easily confirmed by this two-disc set of major Liszt piano works recorded in 1985 and issued here in splendid sound. The attributes of Wild's playing are all present on these discs--a big, burnished tone, the technique to make even the most difficult works sound easy, and mastery of both subtle rubato and grandiloquent rhetoric, both indispensable for satisfying Liszt playing. We hear these immediately in the Dante Sonata, where Wild's brazen colorings and wide dynamic range capture Liszt's depiction of the poet's Inferno. And we hear those pianistic virtues at the end of the recital as well, with a gently flowing, poetic Consolation No. 3. The Sonata has been recorded by most of the century's great pianists, but Wild's interpretation is compelling by virtue of its flowing narrative approach--you feel he's telling a dramatic story that seethes with passion and has long chapters of philosophic reflection. Perhaps it's that storytelling aspect of Wild's Liszt that makes it so individual and at the same time so true to the Lisztian spirit. Everything on these discs is played at the highest level. Miss it at your peril. --Dan Davis

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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 3, 2001
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Okay, that might not be entirely true, but I'm very excited after listening to this 2-CD set of some of the best of Liszt's music for piano. We begin with the 'Dante' Sonata and end with the lovely Consolation no. 3. What's in between? Music of light and dark, angels and demons. The Sonata is played as I want it played--finally! And Earl Wild is telling a story here. But the power! the grace! the lyricism! I've been listening to a lot of Liszt this year, by several players, and I have to say that I'm going to buy as much Liszt by Earl Wild as I can get my hands on. Judging by these two discs, I place him pretty much at the top of the heap of Liszt players. They all have their strengths, yes, but there's something about Wild. I'd love to hear him play the Transcendental Etudes, the Years of Pilgrimage, Paganini Etudes, the Waltzes, the transcriptions... SO: buy this set and fall in love with Liszt again.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Hiram Gomez Pardo HALL OF FAME on April 4, 2006
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At the moment to recall the great Liszt interpreters in the last Century, Earl Wild must be always included, due he not only is owner of a prodigious and subduing technique, but besides, he possesses that fundamental lyric flight, so necessary at the moment to play this Hungarian composer.

Overwhelming expressiveness, éclat, powerful spelling, flair and dazzling fingering make of this CD an absolute must for all those who want to know the minimum facets of these fireworks pieces.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By EUGENE SIMPSON on November 29, 2013
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This is a spectacular album! There are two discs that run 2 hours and 24 minutes and contain some of Liszt's finest works: The Dante Sonata; 3 Sonetti del Petrarca; Ballade in B Minor; Les jeux deaux a la Villa d'Este; Liebestraume Nos 2 and 3; Un Sospiro; Bach-Liszt Fantasia and Fugue in G Minor; Sonata in B Minor; Funerailles and several shorter works. Wild, in my opinion, the greatest American pianist, plays these work with complete authority and with a technical mastery that makes the most difficult repertoire seem effortless. Considered by many to be the end of a line of great Romantic pianists, Earl Wild was a super-prodigy who began to play the instrument at age three and read music easily at age six. He gave his first radio recital at age twelve, was the first American to play a televised recital, and the first to play a recital on the internet. While there are many American pianists with comprehensive techniques, I am unaware of any other pianist in the world that even approaches Wild's career longevity, his extensive repertoire and discography. Wild made his first recording for RCA in 1939 and subsequently recorded for 20 labels. He played his final Carnegie Hall recital at the age of 90 and leaves a discography of 35 concertos, 26 chamber works, and over 700 works for solo piano. My favorites on these discs are the Dante Sonata, Liebestraume No. 3, Un Sospiro, Funerailles and the Sonata in B Minor. Listening to his phenomenal recording of the Liszt Sonata took me back a half century to my only personal encounter with the great. It was the mid-60s and I had just sung the premiere of some songs by the American composer, Leslie Adams at what was then Steinway Hall in NY.Read more ›
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By NPUL on October 26, 2012
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Earl Wild has always been one of my favorite "Liszt" pianists. All of his piano playing (especially of Liszt) is in good taste, excellent sound quality. You can't go wrong with these recordings. It has one of the best Dante Sonatas I've heard yet. Highly recommended.
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