Russell Sherman, Earl Wild, Franz Liszt: Masterpieces For Solo Piano, Vol. 2

Daphne Carr

By Daphne Carr

on 04.22.11 in Reviews

American pianist Earl Wild won the Liszt Medal, given by the composer's home country of Hungary, for his lifelong devotion to the work of the Romantic composer, famed concertizer and wanderer. This cherished 1968 concert celebrates Liszt as the original devil at the crossroads, with Wild's controlled abandon and breakneck tempi sounding effortless on the elegantly phrased rising and falling middle section of "The Mephisto Polka." His "Mephisto Waltz" remains an unparalleled interpretation, balancing fireworks with moments of lyrical tranquility.