INTRODUCING THE ARTIST:
Considered throughout the world as one of the last in a long line of great virtuoso pianists/composers, Earl Wild has often been called a “super virtuoso,” “one of the 20th century’s greatest pianists”; and “the finest transcriber of our time.” Born on November 26, 1915 in Pittsburgh, PA, he began piano studies at the age of three. At this early age he displayed the rare gift of absolute pitch and was labeled a child prodigy. Mr. Wild’s teachers have included the great Dutch pianist Egon Petri, a student of Ferruccio Busoni; the distinguished French pianist Paul Doguereau, who was a pupil of Paderewski and Ravel; Selmar Janson, who studied with Eugen d’Albert and Xaver Scharwenka, both students of Franz Liszt; and Madame Helen Barere, the wife of the great Russian pianist Simon Barere. Earl Wild has appeared with nearly every orchestra, as well as performed countless recitals, in virtually every country. During his distinguished career, he has collaborated with many great conductors, such as Toscanini, Stokowski, Reiner, Klemperer, Horenstein, Leinsdorf, Fiedler, Mitropoulos, Grofe, Ormandy, Sargent, Dorati, Maazel, Solti, Copland, and Schippers; great instrumentalists such as Elman, Shumsky, Ricci, Mischakoff, Balakovich, Primrose, Gingold, Rose, Shapiro and Miller; and great singers such as Callas, Tourel, Pons, Matzenauer, Maynor, Melchior, Merrill, Lanza, Peerce, Milanov, Bumbry, and Lear. Mr. Wild has given numerous performances of works by neglected 19th century composers including Nicolai Medtner, Ignace Paderewski, Xaver Scharwenka, Karl Tausig, Mily Balakirev, Eugen d’Albert and Moriz Moszkowski. Mr. Wild was the first pianist of this century to perform all-Liszt recitals in New York as well as other major cities around the world. Championing composers such as these is part of the foundation on which Mr. Wild has built his career. Earl Wild may well be the most recorded concert pianist living today, having made his first disc in 1934 for RCA. Since then, he has recorded with 20 different labels. His discography includes more that 34 piano concertos, 15 chamber works, and over 600 solo piano pieces.
“…they’re effervescent performances that, avoiding any trace of condescension, celebrate the music’s occasions both for extroverted display and for soulful lyricism…they’re models of the way such Golden Age virtuoso vehicles should be played…we can grateful that ÉLAN has issued these recordings…Highest recommendation. Peter J. Rabinowitz Fanfare
Scharwenka: Piano Concerto No. 1 in B Flat Minor, Op. 32; Boston Symphony Orchestra, Eric Leinsdorf, conductor
Paderewski: Piano Concerto in A Minor, Op. 17; London Symphony Orchestra,
also Balakirev: Reminiscences of Glinka’s opera “A Life for the Czar”
Arthur Fiedler, conductor