Earl Wild: [Re]Visions - Piano Transcriptions Vittorio Forte
- Georg Friedrich Händel (1685 - 1759):
- 1Air and Variations on The Harmonious Blacksmith (Transcr. Earl Wild)04:24
- Alessandro Marcello (1673 - 1747):
- 2Oboe Concerto in D minor, SF935: II. Adagio (Transcr. Earl Wild)04:33
- Sergei Rachmaninoff (1873 - 1943):
- 3Dreams, Op. 38, No. 5 (Transcr. Earl Wild)03:34
- 4Where Beauty Dwells, Op. 21, No. 7 (Transcr. Earl Wild)03:35
- 5The Muse, Op. 34, No. 1 (Transcr. Earl Wild)04:47
- 6Floods of Spring, Op. 14, No. 11 (Transcr. Earl Wild)04:00
- 7Do Not Grieve, Op. 14, No. 8 (Transcr. Earl Wild)03:10
- 8Sorrow In Springtime, Op. 21, No. 12 (Transcr. Earl Wild)03:47
- 9On the Death of a Linnet, Op. 21, No. 8 (Transcr. Earl Wild)04:55
- Pjotr Iljitsch Tschaikowski (1840 - 1893):
- 10Swan Lake, Op. 20: Dance of the Four Swans (Transcr. Earl Wild)01:43
- 11At the Ball, Op. 38, No. 3 (Transcr. Earl Wild)03:04
- George Gershwin (1898 - 1937): Seven Virtuoso Etudes on Popular Songs:
- 12Seven Virtuoso Etudes on Popular Songs by George Gershwin: I. Liza03:30
- 13Seven Virtuoso Etudes on Popular Songs by George Gershwin: II. Somebody Loves Me03:06
- 14Seven Virtuoso Etudes on Popular Songs by George Gershwin: III. The Man I Love02:57
- 15Seven Virtuoso Etudes on Popular Songs by George Gershwin: IV. Embraceable You03:00
- 16Seven Virtuoso Etudes on Popular Songs by George Gershwin: V. Oh, Lady Be Good!03:54
- 17Seven Virtuoso Etudes on Popular Songs by George Gershwin: VI. I Got Rhythm02:05
- 18Seven Virtuoso Etudes on Popular Songs by George Gershwin: VII. Fascinating Rhythm01:38
- 19Improvisation in the form of a Theme and Three Variations on 'Someone To Watch Over Me' by George Gershwin12:47
- Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach (1714 - 1788):
- 20Solfeggietto in the form of an Improvisation (Arr. by Vittorio Forte)02:49
Info for Earl Wild: [Re]Visions - Piano Transcriptions
Following the success of his Odradek debut, 'Abschied' (keyboard works by C.P.E. Bach), pianist Vittorio Forte pays tribute to one of his musical heroes, Earl Wild, whose transcriptions are, in Forte's words, "a revelation".
Earl Wild was a prodigiously talented American pianist who became as famous for his transcriptions as for his dazzling performances, representing a vital link with 19th-century exponents of the pianist-composer tradition such as Liszt, Rachmaninov and Busoni. Wild died in 2010, and this release represents a tribute to the great musician on the tenth anniversary of his death.
For Vittorio Forte, "Earl Wild was the perfect example of a marvellous blend between academism and modernity in an ever-changing world", a combination audible in the array of works chosen for this recital. We hear Wild's transcriptions of two elegant Baroque pieces: Handel's 'Harmonious Blacksmith' and the 'Adagio' from Marcello's Oboe Concerto, contrasted with the Russian passion of Tchaikovsky and Rachmaninov. Then to 20th-century America with Wild's breathtaking 'Seven Virtuoso Etudes' on songs by George Gershwin and his 'Improvisation in the form of a Theme and Three Variations on Someone To Watch Over Me'. The release concludes with one of Forte's own transcriptions, of the 'Solfeggietto' by C.P.E. Bach. There is also a bonus recording for digital listeners: Gershwin's scintillating 'Rhapsody in Blue' (solo piano version) with cadenzas by Vittorio Forte.
Vittorio Forte, piano
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