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.

Praise

‘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… connoisseurs of piano playing will enjoy much on this disc’
— BBC Music 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

‘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

Track Listing

Mephisto Waltz No 1

Drei Liebesträume
Notturni No.1
Notturni No. 2
Notturni No. 3

Tre Sonetti di Petrarca (from Années de pèlerinage, Book 2)
Tre Sonetti di Petrarca (from Années de pèlerinage, Book 2)
Tre Sonetti di Petrarca (from Années de pèlerinage, Book 2)

Funérailles (from Harmonies poétiques et réligieuses)