Rachmaninov: Sonata No.2, Preludes
Chesky Records CD 114, DDD
Sonata No.2, Op.36(revised edition)
Ten Preludes, Op.23
Eight Preludes, Op.32
Earl Wild piano
October 1993 in Fernleaf Abbey, piano: Baldwin
Michael Rolland Davis
Earl Wild, now in his late 70’s, remains one of the great piano technicians of our time – but he is also a fine musician, and when the two are combined in music as demanding as the Rachmaninov pieces played here, the results are dazzling. This is easily the most exciting version of the sonata that I know, exceeding even Horowitz in its powerful torrents of sound. The clarity of Wild’s articulation even in the most dense and difficult pieces is simply astonishing, as is his consistent beauty of tone.
Alexander Morin, American Record Guide, October 1994.