November 27, 2005 |
EARL WILD spends four hours a day at the piano. Practicing. He's been doing this for a long time -- actually, since he was a boy in Pennsylvania in the 1920s. In those days, Wild practiced even more. But he learned, he says, to concentrate and focus, and his work time has tightened. Widely considered an immaculate technician, the pianist says, "I practice for cleanliness. There is nothing worse than dirty piano playing."
November 10, 2002 |
At 86, Earl Wild is often called "the last of the great Romantic pianists." Born in Pittsburgh, he played professionally as a teenager in the Pittsburgh Symphony under Otto Klemperer. He joined Toscanini's NBC Symphony Orchestra in 1937, and it was a radio broadcast of Gershwin's "Rhapsody in Blue" in 1942 that made his name. Wild's recording career includes almost 100 recordings on 20 labels, and a 1997 Grammy for "Earl Wild: The Romantic Master."
July 16, 2000 |
More fascinating albums from the enterprising Ivory Classics label: The first offers two of Robert Schumann's masterworks, plus the finger-knotting Toccata; the second revives for our century the virtually forgotten complete preludes and impromptus by the great Russian pianist-pedagogue Felix Mikhailovich Blumenfeld (1863-1931), teacher of Heinrich Neuhaus and Vladimir Horowitz.
June 21, 1998 |
From the new, piano-rich Ivory Classics label comes a 30-year old memento of a short but brilliant partnership, the duo-pianism of the veteran Earl Wild and the highly accomplished, Berlin-born Christian Steiner, then as now more visible as a celebrity photographer than as a perfect pianistic match to Wild's virtuosity. Together, Wild/Steiner create elegant, probing and poetic music out of Rachmaninoff's popular Waltz from the Suite No.
September 8, 1995 |
Forget the birthday and forget his age. Even though Earl Wild will be 80 in November, and even though he embodies both towering pianistic virtuosity and an intimate Romantic sensibility, his performances are not now, or were they ever, intimidating or sober. A Wild recital, a second example of which the American musician brought to Hollywood Bowl Wednesday night before a small but vociferous crowd of 4,865 piano-lovers, is simply great fun.
September 3, 1995 |
Irrepressible even on the tele phone, Earl Wild is speaking from Telluride, Colo., 9,500 feet above sea level--in an aerie borrowed from a friend. "Oh, yes, it's very beautiful here," says the veteran American pianist, who will turn 80 on Nov. 26. "The trees, the forest--we're miles away from other people, and at night I hear all kinds of animals outside the house. It's very relaxing.