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Earl Wild (1915-2010): The Complete Transcriptions and Original Piano Works, Vol. 1 / Giovanni Doria Miglietta, piano

Album Summary

>Wild, Earl [Piano] : Adagio, for piano (after Marcello's Oboe Concerto)
>Wild, Earl [Piano] : Hommage a Poulenc, for piano (after the Sarabande from J.S. Bach's Partita no 1)
>Wild, Earl [Piano] : Concerto for Piano no 2 in F minor, Op. 21
>Wild, Earl [Piano] : Improvisation on Faure's "Apres un reve", for piano
>Wild, Earl [Piano] : Piano Sonata
>Wild, Earl [Piano] : Improvisation in the Form of a Theme and Three Variations on "Someone to watch over me", for piano
>Wild, Earl [Piano] : Virtuoso Etudes (7) on Gershwin Songs, for piano
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Notes & Reviews:

Earl Wild (1915-2010) was without doubt one of the greatest pianists of the 20th century. His immense repertoire, his staggering virtuosity, his warmth and his charm deserve him the epithet legendary. Wild was a great improviser as well, and he frequently played his own fantasies in his concerts. Fortunately he wrote these wonderful pieces down, and his creative legacy contains a wealth of transcriptions, fantasies and paraphrases, as well as original piano works. This CD is the first of a complete recording of these works. It contains his brilliant "Virtuoso Studies" on songs by Gershwin, an intimate transcription of the adagio from Marcello's Oboe Concerto, the tongue-in-cheek rendering of a Bach Chorale in the style of Poulenc, the Larghetto form Chopin's 2nd Piano Concerto, and Wild's own Piano Sonata. Fun, glitter, contemplation and passion: it's all here in the wonderful playing of young Italian pianist Giovanni Doria Miglietta!

American Record Guide, November/December 2014
Along with some original works, Miglietta plays an interesting mix of transcriptions by the legendary Wild, ranging from the familiar (7 Virtuoso Etudes on Gershwin) to the less so ('Apres un Reve'). With a fine touch, he beautifully interprets often extremely sentimental musical material. His rendering of the Virtuoso Etudes is lush and fluid. The arrangement of the Larghetto movement of Chopin's second piano concerto is lovely. Miglietta plays with plenty of verve and dynamism given the trite musical material.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Genova (10/07/2013-10/09/2013).



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>Wild, Earl [Piano] : Adagio, for piano (after Marcello's Oboe Concerto)
  • Performer: Giovanni Miglietta (Piano)
  • Notes: Genova (10/07/2013-10/09/2013)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 12 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 2002

>Wild, Earl [Piano] : Hommage à Poulenc, for piano (after the Sarabande from J.S. Bach's Partita no 1)
  • Performer: Giovanni Miglietta (Piano)
  • Notes: Genova (10/07/2013-10/09/2013)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 33 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1995

>Wild, Earl [Piano] : Concerto for Piano no 2 in F minor, Op. 21 :: Larghetto
  • Performer: Giovanni Miglietta (Piano)
  • Notes: Genova (10/07/2013-10/09/2013)
  • Running Time: 9 min. 30 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Concerto

>Wild, Earl [Piano] : Improvisation on Fauré's "Après un rêve", for piano
  • Performer: Giovanni Miglietta (Piano)
  • Notes: Genova (10/07/2013-10/09/2013)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 7 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1992

>Wild, Earl [Piano] : Piano Sonata
  • Performer: Giovanni Miglietta (Piano)
  • Notes: Genova (10/07/2013-10/09/2013)
  • Running Time: 18 min. 54 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 2000

>Wild, Earl [Piano] : Improvisation in the Form of a Theme and Three Variations on "Someone to watch over me", for piano
  • Performer: Giovanni Miglietta (Piano)
  • Notes: Genova (10/07/2013-10/09/2013)
  • Running Time: 13 min. 58 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1989

>Wild, Earl [Piano] : Virtuoso Etudes (7) on Gershwin Songs, for piano
  • Performer: Giovanni Miglietta (Piano)
  • Notes: Genova (10/07/2013-10/09/2013)
  • Running Time: 20 min. 39 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1973