Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Earl Wild - The Demonic Liszt


Composer: Franz Liszt
  1. Réminiscences de Robert le Diable, S. 413 (after Meyerbeer)
  2. 2 Konzertetüden, S. 145: 2. Gnomenreigen
  3. Mephisto Polka, S. 217
  4. Mephisto Waltz No. 1, S. 514 "Dance in the Village Inn"
  5. Réminiscences de Don Juan, S. 418 (after Mozart)
  6. Waltz from Gounod's Faust, S. 407

Earl Wild, piano
Date: 1968
Label: Vanguard Classics



"Earl Wild’s disc derives from a 1968 Vanguard session called ‘The Demonic Liszt’ though you wouldn’t know it from the notes here – though to be fair all the recording dates are noted throughout the ten discs. It’s predictably brilliant, full of panache and brio  - a fabulously voiced Réminiscences de 'Robert le Diable' de Meyerbeer: Valse infernale prominently. The Mephisto Waltz No.1 is every Wildeans ticket to ride and includes his own sulphurous emendations. No reservations at all."

-- Jonathan Woolf, MusicWeb International
reviewing BRILLIANT CLASSICS 93786 - Great Liszt interpreters play Liszt


"His "The Demonic Liszt" on Vanguard is one of the most exciting Liszt CDs in my entire collection. It has the Don Juan Fantasy, Mephisto Waltz and Polka, Gnomenreigen, Waltzes from Gounod's Faust, and a relatively rarely heard Reminiscences de Robert le Diable--Valse Infernale, all played with the highest level of excitement. Marc-Andre Hamelin may play with more perfect mechanics, but Earl Wild is much more wild (Hamelin is often too restrained). Wild is certainly one of the most exciting Lizst players since Horowitz."

-- Piano Wizard


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Franz Liszt (October 22, 1811 – July 31, 1886) was a prolific 19th-century Hungarian composer, virtuoso pianist, conductor, music teacher, arranger, organist, philanthropist, author, nationalist and a Franciscan tertiary. Liszt gained renown in Europe for his virtuosic skill as a pianist and in the 1840s he was considered to be the greatest pianist of all time. As a composer, Liszt was one of the most prominent composers of the "New German School". Some of his most notable musical contributions were the invention of the symphonic poem, developing the concept of thematic transformation as part of his experiments in musical form, and making radical departures in harmony.


Earl Wild (November 26, 1915 – January 23, 2010) was an American pianist, renowned as a leading virtuoso of his generation. He was well known for his transcriptions of classical music and jazz, and he was also a composer. In 1939, he became the first pianist to perform a recital on U.S. television. Wild created numerous virtuoso solo piano transcriptions and also wrote a number of original works. In 1997 he was the first pianist to stream a performance over the Internet. Harold C. Schonberg called him a "super-virtuoso in the Horowitz class".


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