Fifty years after his victory in the International Liszt-Bartók Piano Competition, David Wilde – student of Solomon and of Nadia Boulanger – brings to the studio a lifetime’s experience with the music of Franz Liszt. The diabolically difficult Mephisto Waltz No 1 is dispatched in a reading which overflows with personality and conviction, while Funérailles, too, is compellingly reimagined by an artist who cleaves to an earlier generation’s ideals of recreating both the self and the music in every inspired performance.
"Wilde, if these performances are anything to go by, long ago lost interest in received convention or opinion. He's happy to go his own way, with performances that are heavily idiosyncratic"
"Wilde makes some lovely sounds and, now in his late 70s, has learned to take his time. The first of the Liebestraume takes my prize for delicacy and control...connossieurs of piano playing will enjoy much on this disc."
Recording venue(s): Reid Concert Hall, University of Edinburgh
Recording dates: 5-6 November 2011 & 3 December 2012
Physical format: Jewel case
Number of discs: 1
Number of tracks: 8
Total playing time: 1:13:58
First UK release date: February 13, 2009
Album ID: DCD34118