Wilde Plays Liszt David Wilde

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Album-Release:
2013

HRA-Release:
09.04.2021

Label: Delphian Records

Genre: Classical

Subgenre: Instrumental

Artist: David Wilde

Composer: Franz Liszt (1811-1886)

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  • Franz Liszt (1811 - 1886):
  • 1Mephisto Waltz No. 1, S. 51412:12
  • Liebesträume, S. 541:
  • 2Liebesträume, S. 541: Notturno No. 107:23
  • 3Liebesträume, S. 541: Notturno No. 206:39
  • 4Liebesträume, S. 541: Notturno No. 304:39
  • Tre Sonetti di Petrarca, S. 270:
  • 5Tre Sonetti di Petrarca, S. 270: Sonetto 4706:16
  • 6Tre Sonetti di Petrarca, S. 270: Sonetto 10410:10
  • 7Tre Sonetti di Petrarca, S. 270: Sonetto 12311:18
  • Franz Liszt:
  • 8Funérailles, S.17315:17
  • Total Runtime01:13:54

Info for Wilde Plays Liszt



Fifty years after his victory in the International Liszt-Bartók Piano Competition, David Wilde – student of Solomon and of Nadia Boulanger – brings to the studio a lifetime’s experience with the music of Franz Liszt. The diabolically difficult Mephisto Waltz No 1 is dispatched in a reading which overflows with personality and conviction, while Funérailles, too, is compellingly reimagined by an artist who cleaves to an earlier generation’s ideals of recreating both the self and the music in every inspired performance.

"Wilde makes some lovely sounds and, now in his late 70s, has learned to take his time. The first of the Liebestraume takes my prize for delicacy and control...connossieurs of piano playing will enjoy much on this disc." (BBC Music Magazine)

"Wilde, if these performances are anything to go by, long ago lost interest in received convention or opinion. He's happy to go his own way, with performances that are heavily idiosyncratic" (Gramophone Magazine)

"Ultimately this is music-making that one feel grateful to experience. It is sane and healthy. Its vision surveys a vast terrain and its execution seems effortless and incontrovertible. It speaks with a voice of august nobility, the kind encountered all too rarely these days" (International Record Review)

David Wilde, piano



David Wilde
Pianist and composer David Wilde was born in Manchester in 1935. A busy wartime career as ‘boy pianist’ brought him to the attention of the legendary pianist Solomon, who arranged for Wilde to study with his pupil and assistant Franz Reizenstein. Later, from 1949, Wilde studied composition with Professor Richard Hall at the Royal Manchester College of Music (precursor of the Royal Northern College of Music), of which he was elected a Fellow in 1953. In the same year he was awarded the prestigious Walter Dayas Gold Medal. In 1961 Wilde won a first prize at the Liszt–Bartók competition in Budapest. The legendary Nadia Boulanger was a jury member and invited him to visit her in Paris at any suitable time, so when in the same year Wilde was awarded a senior scholarship by the Caird Foundation of Dundee he wrote to accept her invitation and ask if he might work with her. Wilde joined her in Paris and at the Conservatoire Americain in Fontainebleau (of which Boulanger was then Musical Director) in 1963, and again in 1964 and 1968, remaining in close touch with ‘Mademoiselle’ for the rest of her long life.

Wilde is a passionate teacher, and his pupils include Jack Gibbons, now pursuing a brilliant career in the USA; Christopher Oakden, now Professor at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater in Hannover; Thomas Hell, winner of the European Competition for contemporary Music in Orleans, and Bulgarian pianist Irina Georgieva. Wilde taught at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater in Hannover from 1981 to 2000, and was made a Professor Emeritus of the State of Lower Saxony in 1983. He has given many lectures in both English and German, including his paper on psychology and the meaning of music, ‘Listening to the Shadows’. His Jungian analysis of Liszt’s Piano Sonata in B minor, which he read and illustrated at London’s Analytical Psychology Club (of which he and his late wife, poet, historian, linguist and musician Jane Mary Wilde were elected life members), was originally written as a contribution to the book Analecta Lisztiana, ed. Michael Saffle (publ. Virginia Tech, USA).

During the 1990s, having travelled to besieged Sarajevo to support his heroic colleagues there, Wilde composed several works protesting against human rights abuses in our time, notably The Cellist of Sarajevo (1992), the Suite for Violin and Piano, Cry ‘Bosnia-Herzegovina’, the String Quartet (of which the last movement is a ‘Threnody for the Unknown Victim of War and Oppression’), and the opera London under Siege, after an idea by Bosnian poet Goran Simic. The Cellist of Sarajevo, dedicated to Vedran Smailovic, is played the world over and was recorded by Yo-Yo Ma for Sony Classical, and London under Siege was produced by the State Theatre of Lower Saxony in 1998. Wilde was twice honoured by the Bosnians: in 2003 he was awarded a diploma by the International Peace Committee of Sarajevo ‘for services to human rights in Bosnia Herzegowina and throughout Europe’ and was presented with the ‘Symbol of the Open Door’, representing honorary Bosnian Citizenship.

David Wilde has given many concert tours of the UK and played frequently with all the major London orchestras, all the BBC orchestras, and the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, Bournemouth Symphony, City of Birmingham Symphony, Royal Scottish National and Hallé Orchestras. He has appeared regularly at the Henry Wood Proms with conductors such as Horenstein, Boulez and Downes, and has toured New Zealand and played and taught in Australia, Bulgaria, Canada, India, Russia, the USA, most countries of Western Europe and, of course, Hungary. His recordings include all of Beethoven’s Sonatas for violin and piano and the Sonata by Reizenstein with violinist Erich Gruenberg, Alan Bush’s Variations, Nocturne and Finale on an English Sea Song (in a version for piano and orchestra which Wilde had premiered at the Cheltenham Festival), and concertos by Thomas Wilson (especially composed for Wilde) and Sir Lennox Berkeley. In his recently published diaries Berkeley, who was present at the recording of his concerto, wrote simply: ‘David Wilde was first class.’ More recently, Wilde commissioned a sonata from Gabriel Jackson with funds from the Scottish Arts Council, the Britten-Pears Trust and the Ralph Vaughan Williams Trust, and premiered it at the Queen’s Hall, Edinburgh in 2007. He gave the European premiere of this work during a recital in Braunschweig, Germany in October 2008. Also in 2007 EMI reissued Wilde’s 1968 HMV Liszt recital, coupled with Liszt recordings by Earl Wild. Wilde now records exclusively for Delphian Records: his recordings include the complete piano works of Luigi Dallapiccola (DCD34020), a highly acclaimed Liszt Sonata coupled with the seven Elegies of Busoni (DCD34030), a Schumann recital (DCD34050), a Brahms recital (DCD34040), a Beethoven recital (DCD34090) and a Liszt recital (DCD34118). His Chopin recital from the Wigmore Hall (DCD34010) has recently been complemented by two further discs, Wilde plays Chopin Vol II (DCD34138), and Wilde plays Chopin Vol III (DCD34159).

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