Earl Wild plays Gershwin
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Greatest praise for Earl Wilds piano transcriptions. Theyre a marvel, as good as anything Liszt might have written. -- ARG, July/Aug. 1998
This disc is a collectors piece. Whiteman and Wilds reading of the 'Rhapsody' is extraordinarily vigorous and alive. -- Classics CD, July 1998
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The Programme includes: Rhapsody in Blue (recorded 1945), Earl Wild 's fantastically stunning 'Seven Virtuoso Etudes' (1976), Wild's 'Grande Fantasy on Porgy and Bess' (1976) and Gershwin's Three Prerludes for Piano (1964).
I'm learnng a few of the Virtuoso Etudes at the moment (which, by the way are his famous transcriptions of: The Man I Love, I Got Rhythm, Embracable You, Fascinating Rhythm, Somebody Loves Me, Liza & Lady Be Good) and finding them the biggest challenge I've ever had. I'm also having lot's of FUN as well!
But I was astonished when I heard Earl Wild play them Double the speed I though physically possible...!
Earl Wild is known as the last of the great Virtuostic pianis-composers. At a grand age of 90 now, he is still stunning.
The greatest recording of Earl Wild playing George Gershwin you'll ever hope to have. A fantastic listen. I spend hours listening.
Fantastic for the pianist, the aspiring pianist, the Gershwin-lover and/or the enthusiastic listener - It doesn't matter.
A historic and virtuostic delight!
Wild's pianistic facility is absolutely astonishing. He does some wonderful things with Gershwin's music. Highlights include "Embraceable You" and some of the sections of the Porgy and Bess Fantasy ("Summertime", "Bess, you is my woman now" and "It aint necessarily so" come to mind). He also plays the three Preludes with conviction and panache. However, Gershwin is not Chopin, and there is only so much one can mine from this music. If one tries to listen to this entire CD in one sitting, one can become aware of the piano as a percussion instrument. I am not certain if this is a function of the music (Gershwin), the pianist (Wild) or the recording (AAD). So often when I listen to a great pianist play solo work by Chopin, Liszt or Ravel, for example, I can lose myself in the music and virtually forget the medium. That doesn't happen with this recording for me.
Still, in small doses, this is an extraordinary disc, and I'm glad to own it.
'long-haired" in contrasst with the more down-to -earth Gershwin tunes featured here. I have learned that an earl Wild cd is never a disappointment.
This is a wonderful recording and record of not only George Gershwin's original sensation and his Three Preludes, but also Earl Wild's own incredible and complex concert works based upon Gershwin's songs and his opera Porgy and Bess.
Wonderful music, wonderfully played.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This whole CD is just fabulous! There is no point saying anything else. Wild's Virtuoso Etudes are so super fabulous, and sound even better here than on the original lp I had of... Read morePublished 17 months ago by Peter P. Fuchs
I really enjoy this classic CD. The pianist, here, plays easy listening jazz, which is well-suited to a dinner party or while reading the Sunday paper. Read morePublished on October 2, 2013 by Northern SW