P0177. EARL WILD: THE DEMONIC LISZT, incl. Mefisto Waltz; Mefisto Polka; Gnomenreigen; FAUST – Waltzes;
ROBERT LE DIABLE – Valse infernale; Reminiscences of Don Juan. Vanguard OVC 4035, recorded 1967.
Very long out-of-print, Final Copy! - 72391840352
“No controversy surrounds Earl Wild’s 1968 recital devoted to works pairing Liszt and the Devil (some say they were one and the same!). Listen to the bravura, panache, and rhythmic life he brings to the difficult ROBERT LE DIABLE transcription, or notice the controlled sense of abandon that informs Gnomenreignen and the Mephisto Polka. The FAUST Waltz soars and scintillates, and Wild’s intelligently paced Don Juan Fantasy gives greater voice to the music’s operatic context than many a younger speed demon. Only in Mephisto Waltz’s middle-section leaps do I detect an air of caution….Wild makes no bones about providing his own imaginative cadenza for the ending. Don’t miss THE DEMONIC LISZT.”
- Jed Distler, ClassicsToday.com
“I have reached the point where there is a culmination of the things I feel; I have gathered a great deal of experience. You know, I've practiced the ‘Hammerklavier’ for years. I practice it, put it away, come back to it, put it away again. Each time, technically, it becomes easier. It never really gets easy, but at least you can think about what the sound is, what is happening while you play. You must have that marvelous edge where you are conscious of what you're doing, but have enough detachment so you can listen it like else. It's like Nirvana when that happens, but it takes a tremendous amount of practice and work to achieve that balance. When I do something now, I know quite well what it is and why I'm doing it. That's the reason to play. So I am going to pursue a concert career.”
- Earl Wild, (via Stephen E. Rubin), THE NEW YORK TIMES, 14 Nov., 1976