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Wilde plays Chopin at the Wigmore Hall

Pianist David Wilde brings astounding vibrancy and exuberance to the Polish master in his account of late Chopin. Wilde, for whom ‘every performance is a confrontation with himself’, counts among his mentors Solomon, Reizenstein, Elinson and Boulanger. In this bold live recital, he presents repertoire that conflicts with the feminine, gentle aspect of popular Chopin myth. He argues instead that Chopin’s wide-ranging music ‘includes an element of physical passion and a feeling for the heroic and for dramatic tension no less arresting than that of Liszt’.

"Wholeheartedly committed, authoritative and at times dazzlingly virtuosic"

"Here is some heartfelt Chopin from an artist who has rarely appeared on disc"

"the irrepressibly pianistic David Wilde projects a dozen Chopin tracks, including a majestically structured account of the B Minor Sonata Opus 58 and a selection of Mazurkas and an exceptionally thoughtful performance of the Berceuse."

"Composure complements adventure, every note has its place and one senses the touch of a master."

Producer: Kevin Findlan
Venue: Wigmore Hall, London
Recording Dates: July 1994 and February 1995
Release Date: 17 May 2002
Catalogue No: DCD34010
Total playing time: 1:17:23

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