Earl Wild: The Complete RCA Album Collection | Sony 88875030742

Earl Wild: The Complete RCA Album Collection


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Label: Sony

Cat No: 88875030742

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 5

Release Date: 25th September 2015



The long and multi-faceted career of Earl Wild (1915–2010) spanned nearly a century, from his formative years in the jazz-age Roaring Twenties to becoming both the first pianist to give a recital on American television and to stream a performance over the Internet.

To celebrate Wild’s 2015 centenary year, Sony Classical releases the legendary pianist’s complete albums for RCA Victor and Columbia Masterworks in a budget-priced 5 CD set. The contents and sleeves replicate each album’s original LP releases, and, to ensure discographical completeness, include three rare bonus selections new to CD.

Two discs contain Wild’s standard-setting Gershwin interpretations, while another offers ebullient readings of Liszt’s First Concerto and Hungarian Fantasy. Wild’s passion for uncovering forgotten yet worthy Romantic fare resulted in the first stereo-era recordings of Scharwenka’s First Concerto plus Paderewski’s A minor Concerto and Fantaisie polonaise.

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