Earl Wild, piano. American String Orchestra. Isaiah Jackson, conductor.
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Two Romantic chamber music masterpieces are recorded here for the first time in expanded versions for piano with string orchestra. The lush sonics and gorgeous textures originally imagined by both composers come alive in these vividly dramatic performances.
"A unique listening experience that packs a huge emotional punch. Wild plays both the Schumann and the Dohnanyi with breathtaking virtuosity and sumptuous poetry…. The Schumann Piano Quintet as you have never heard it: passionate, yearning, and seething with authentic romantic fervor. This disc shows Wild at his brilliant best accompanied by absolutely gorgeous string playing. It's an astonishingly fine release."—American Record Guide
"Here is Earl Wild, a master octogenarian virtuoso in rude pianistic health, aristocratic as ever in Schumann's effervescent Quintet, romantically responsive in Dohnanyi's Brahms-inspired Op. 1…. Wild's warm sounding Baldwin is nicely integrated into the full string texture. Performances are spirited and unmannered, projecting tastefully augmented bass-lines and an eager enthusiasm. Recommended to all pianophiles, chamberphobes and incurable romantics. A lyrical testament to Wild's veteran abilities.... There's a beautiful first-movement second subject and a waltz-style scherzo that takes residence in your brain as soon as it enters."—Gramophone