Chopin Specialist, David Wilde

David Wilde plays Chopin.

  • Volume III.

The reviews that greeted Volume II of David Wilde’s Chopin last year spoke of his playing as “vast, monumental, inexorable … a wealth of color and detail, all in service of an overarching design of crystal clarity”(International Record Review).

Here, then, is a further installment of this extraordinary Chopin journey. As Wilde said as he sat down to record the B flat minor Scherzo: “I’ve been playing this piece for 73 years – I don’t think I need a score!” This is Chopin absorbed and reshaped: the radical expressive outcome of a lifetime’s involvement with this inexhaustible composer.

We hear the following:


Nocturne No. 13 in C minor, Op. 48 No. 1

Étude Op. 10 No. 3 in E major ‘Tristesse’

Waltz No. 7 in C sharp minor, Op. 64 No. 2

Waltz No. 6 in D flat major, Op. 64 No. 1 ‘Minute Waltz

Scherzo No. 2 in B flat minor, Op. 31

Polonaise No. 5 in F sharp minor, Op. 44

Waltz No. 3 in A minor ‘Grande Valse Brillante‘, Op. 34 No. 2

Mazurka No. 5 in B flat major, Op. 7 No. 1

Mazurka No. 6 in A minor, Op. 7 No. 2

Écossaises (3), Op. 72 No. 3

Polonaise No. 3 in A major, Op. 40 No. 1

‘Military’ Waltz No. 9 in A flat major, Op. 69 No. 1

Farewell Waltz

Performed by David Wilde (piano)

Pianist and composer David Wilde recently celebrated his 80th birthday.

A student of the legendary pianist Solomon, Franz Reizenstein, and Nadia Boulanger, Wilde won a first prize at the Liszt–Bartók competition in Budapest in 1961.

Here is David Wilde playing Chopin’s Fantasie in F minor:

And here is the Chopin ‘Berceuse’ as played by David Wilde: