Wilde plays Liszt

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 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...connoisseurs of piano playing will enjoy much on this disc."

"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"

"Ultimately this is music-making that one feel grateful to experience. It is sane and healthy. Its vision surveys a vast terrain and its execution seems effortless and incontrovertible. It speaks with a voice of august nobility, the kind encountered all too rarely these days"

"David Wilde's new Liszt recital for Delphian (a welcome successor to his majestic account of the B minor Sonata for the same label) offers playing of thrilling individuality, abundant imagination and strong temperament.There's no empty gesturing here, no playing to the gallery, just a spellbinding eloquence, keen sense of poetry and truly inspirational recreative flair that are entirely at the service of the music."

"This is Liszt-playing in the grand manner, David Wilde conjuring a Mephisto Waltz of derring-do, devilry, bags of personality and a flexible view of the text, as insinuating as it is incendiary. Not for the first time, Wilde and Delphian give us something special, and the sound quality is also first-class, unflinchingly capturing all of the pianist’s wild(pun!) glissandos and crescendos"

Producer: Paul Baxter
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: 2 September 2013
Album ID: DCD34118

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