Brahms: Paganini Variations (Books 1 & 2), 4 Ballades, Liszt: Paganini Etude No.2

Disk Number:
Vanguard Classics CD OVC 4034, ADD

Johannes Brahms:
Variations on a theme by Paganini, Op.35
Book I

Book II

Ballades Op.10
Ballade – Op.10 No.1 in D minor “Edward”

Ballade – Op.10 No.2 in D major

Ballade – Op.10 No.3 in B minor

Ballade – Op.10 No.4 in B major

Franz Liszt:
Paganini Etude No.2 in E flat major

Earl Wild piano

Recorded Date:
Originally recorded June 5,1967 and released 1967, piano: Baldwin
Seymour Solomon
Ed Fredner
Piano Technician:
The Paganini/Liszt Etude No. 2 is a dervish in Wild’s hands – it needs to be heard to be comprehended. His Brahms Third Ballade is one of the best I have heard. Wild’s sparing use of pedal and lightning articulation illuminate the Paganini Variations. It’s a fiery, galvanizing performance.

Robert J. Sullivan, High Performance Review, Fall 1993


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