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Earl Wild plays Grieg Piano Concerto in A minor Op. (opus) 16 (1947 - Live radio broadcast Paul Whiteman)
Piano : Earl Wild
Conductor : Paul Whiteman
Orchestra : Paul Whiteman's Orchestra
Earl Wild’s parents were not musical but their child was exceptionally talented, possessing perfect pitch and an impressive sight-reading ability. His first teachers, all local, were Henry Volz, Harry Archer and Mrs Hanson. At six he was enrolled at the Pittsburgh Musical Institute where he studied with Alice Walker, and from the age of twelve until graduation he studied with Selmar Jansen, who had been a pupil of both Xaver Scharwenka and Eugen d’Albert. Due to the Depression and the break up of his parents’ marriage, Wild had to earn money to help support his mother, so at the age of thirteen he managed to get jobs at the local radio station KDKA, playing the piano or making arrangements for orchestral groups. He continued this work until he graduated, and then became pianist for the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra working under such conductors as Fritz Reiner and Otto Klemperer.
In 1934 Wild travelled to New York for lessons from Busoni pupil Egon Petri and was able to hear the great pianists of the time. Those whose playing influenced him most were Josef Hofmann, Josef Lhévinne, Artur Schnabel and Walter Gieseking. He also took further tuition from Paul Doguereau (a pupil of Paderewski and Ravel) and Helen Barere, wife of pianist Simon Barere. From 1937 Wild worked for NBC in a similar capacity to that at KDKA, but also had the opportunity of sometimes playing concertos with the NBC Orchestra under such conductors as Arturo Toscanini and Walter Damrosch. He accompanied a great number of eminent instrumentalists and played chamber music, in 1944 giving the US première of Shostakovich’s Piano Trio in E minor Op. 67. During World War II, Wild served as a musician playing fourth flute in the Navy Band and piano concertos with the Navy Orchestra.
Wild is a pianist in the tradition of the nineteenth century in that he entertains audiences rather than lectures them with his performances. He believes that there is much lacking in modern piano playing, that most pianists are concerned only with the notes and not what lies beneath. His goal is beauty and emotion in music, something he believes is being destroyed by musicologists. He is also a noted Liszt player and often performs the Russian Romantics, Rachmaninov and Medtner. His repertoire is all-encompassing with the exception of atonal music, and he seems able to successfully perform music of any period he chooses. He has played works by Buxtehude, Hindemith, Menotti, Scharwenka, Paderewski, Glinka, Barber and Copland. During his long career Wild has played with most of the famous conductors and instrumentalists of the twentieth century including Leopold Stokowski, Arturo Toscanini, Otto Klemperer, Fritz Reiner, Dimitri Mitropoulos, Eugene Ormandy, Mischa Elman, William Primrose, Ruggiero Ricci, and even Maria Callas whom he accompanied in Dallas in 1974.
Thought by some to be the best available cycle, Wild’s recording of Rachmaninov’s complete works for piano and orchestra has rightly received high praise. Made in May 1965 for the Reader’s Digest label (and reissued on compact disc by Chandos and Chesky), it teams Wild with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and Jascha Horenstein. He brings a clarity to the music reminiscent of the composer’s own recordings. Other fine concerto recordings include Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No. 1 in B flat minor Op. 23 with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and Anatole Fistoulari, Liszt’s Piano Concerto No. 1 in E flat with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and Malcolm Sargent from 1962 and Saint-Saëns’s Piano Concerto No. 2 in G minor Op. 22 with the RCA Victor Symphony Orchestra and Massimo Freccia. Although Wild recorded Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue with Paul Whiteman in the 1940s, his best recording of it was made in 1959 with Arthur Fiedler and the Boston Pops Orchestra with whom Wild also recorded a stunning version of the Piano Concerto in F major in 1961.
In 2000 Pearl issued a disc of historic broadcasts and studio recordings from the late 1940s. It is fascinating to hear the young Wild in a group of waltzes and études by Chopin as well as Buxtehude’s Suite in D minor and Hindemith’s Piano Sonata No. 3 which he recorded again more than fifty years later. Recent releases on the Ivory Classics label include radio broadcasts from the 1940s containing a brilliant Piano Sonata in B minor by Liszt and a 90th birthday recital disc.
Wild has performed at the White House for six consecutive presidents and has become an American ‘national treasure’.
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