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David Wilde Plays Beethoven

Album Summary

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Sonata for Piano no 21 in C major, Op. 53 "Waldstein"
>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Sonata for Piano no 17 in D minor, Op. 31/2 "The Tempest"
>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Sonata for Piano no 31 in A flat major, Op. 110
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Notes & Reviews:

"As on earlier Delphian discs from Wilde, the ear is seduced by his beautiful tone (the piano he uses and his technician quite rightly receive a credit), and try the adagios of 'The Tempest' and A flat sonatas for playing of masterly, hushed introspection that makes you hold your breath. Three well-contrasted works presented with deep insight and understanding - and without any distracting idiosyncracies - the result of experience and long familiarity." -Classic FM****

"A Beethoven recital with a flavour all its own. We owe a debt to Delphian for keeping us in contact with a pianist such as David Wilde, whose experience and twinkle-in-the-eye enthusiasm are much in evidence...The sound is not the richest, but the piano's immediacy and rugged power is gratifying as well as being echt for this composer, the instrument's wiry undiluted timbres appropriate to David Wilde's unvarnished and penetrating performances." -classicalsource.com

"Wilde brings maturity to his treatment of the "Sonata No. 17 in D minor": the melancholy fatalism of the adagio is alleviated by his thoughtful touch. And there's a brilliant momentum to the opening allegro of the "Sonata No. 21 in C", which is replaced by the almost completely static Adagio Molto, which hangs like a sea-mist through which the concluding Rondo is approached. Superb." -The Independent*****

"central to each performance is a singular lack of pretensions and self-indulgence...Wilde imbues the Waldstein with a natural majesty and poetic presence; he captures the dark questioning of the D minor Sonata, Op31 No2, with magnetic insistence; and rounds off this compelling disc with a mellifluous but powerful reading of the A flat sonata, Op110. Unpolluted Beethoven, and all the better for it." -The Scotsman****

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Reid Concert Concert Hall, University of Edinburgh (03/27/2010); Reid Concert Concert Hall, University of Edinburgh (09/11/2009); Reid Concert Concert Hall, University of Edinburgh (11/29/2009).



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>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Sonata for Piano no 21 in C major, Op. 53 "Waldstein"
  • Performer: David Wilde (Piano)
  • Notes: Reid Concert Hall, University of Edinburgh (09/11/2009-03/27/2010)
  • Running Time: 25 min. 19 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1803-1804

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Sonata for Piano no 17 in D minor, Op. 31/2 "The Tempest"
  • Performer: David Wilde (Piano)
  • Running Time: 26 min. 17 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1802

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Sonata for Piano no 31 in A flat major, Op. 110
  • Performer: David Wilde (Piano)
  • Running Time: 20 min. 9 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1821-1822