Wilde plays Chopin Vol II

David Wilde made his first Delphian appearance in a recital of Chopin’s music recorded live at the Wigmore Hall. Seven recordings and twelve years later, immediately following the death of his wife Jane, David stopped work on a disc of recently written British piano sonatas and turned instead to making a second Chopin programme, in memory of Jane.

In his eightieth year, David’s breathtaking virtuosity and towering intellect combine in interpretations informed by a long lifetime of study and performance. And in this music, which has been central to his own musical life, David’s performances revel in Chopin’s extremes.

This is after all the composer who is reported to have said to a pupil: ‘If I had your strength and could play that Polonaise as it should be played, there would be no string left unbroken by the time I had finished!’ Wilde’s Chopin is not for the timid. These are performances fuelled by passion, combining heartfelt tenderness with deep personal grief.

"Wilde offers a determined attack on conventional wisdom...an epic, gnarled and rugged genius shaking his fist at the universe with all the defiance of King Lear...Some may accuse him of assault and battery but others will surely pause to think again about Chopin's stature. Delphian's sound is crystal-clear and beyond reproach"

"[Wilde] is not just at home in Chopin’s music. It is part of his nature, seemingly as necessary and inevitable as breathing...The soundscape summoned by his imagination is vast, craggy, monumental, inexorable. His music making speaks directly of life, of love, and of loss, always with unmistakable wisdom and dignity."

"This is the most intense, idiosyncratic, personal Chopin recital to be recorded in years. Always-interesting, pianist David Wilde recorded it at age 80, shortly after the death of his wife Jane...Chopin this weird and personal will always create enemies [but] I, for one, have listened to this album in shock, admiration, fascination, and deepest respect."

"strong, wise and genuine gravitas–a quality that can only result from a lifetime on intimate terms with this most poetic quarter of the piano repertoire"

"miraculously glistening work reverberate in striking, pearly play from Wilde’s Steinway, the stunning sound courtesy of producer/engineer Paul Baxter."


Producer: Paul Baxter
Recording venue(s): Reid Concert Hall, University of Edinburgh
Recording dates: 14 August, 16 September & 10-11 December 2013
Physical format: Jewel case
Number of discs: 1
Number of tracks: 10
Total playing time: 1:18:17
Release date: 10 November 2014
Album ID: DCD34138

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