The dean of American pianists performs two of Beethoven's finest sonatas, along with Liszt's tour-de-force transcription of the composer's First Symphony.
"Wild is far less the egocentric artist that Horowitz was, and yet his similar approach is firmly stamped in these deeply satisfying performances. Wild's geniality and warmth of projection are irresistible. Wild is a super virtuoso; just listen to his unsurpassed recordings of Liszt's opera paraphrases. But here the technique is completely subsumed by the goal of expressivity, with a profound sense of human suffering and struggle played out in a deliberate and thought-out manner. The most striking technical quality in these performances is his smoldering tonality, deep-throated and non-percussive even in loud or rapid passages. These original digital recordings beautifully capture the special tone, graceful phrasing and effortless virtuosity of this American master…. In short, a wonderful and unique Beethoven recital."—Fanfare