Chesky Records CD 1, DDD
Second Improvisation, Op. 47 (in the form of variations)
Earl Wild piano
February 1988 in Fernleaf Abbey, piano: Baldwin
Michael Rolland Davis
This performance exhibits one of the greatest pianists of our age at the height of his technical and interpretive genius. Melodic lines emerge trenchantly out of richly resonant harmonies, and individual voices are well-pronounced without diminishing the overall effect of the texture. Wild’s pedal work is astonishing. He is clearly in control of the work’s complexities. It is one of the most natural, realistic acoustics I have experienced among solo recordings. At $50, this disc would be worth every cent.
Robert Hesson, Stereophile, June 1989.