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
Performed by David Wilde (piano)
Pianist and composer David Wilde recently celebrated his 80th birthday.
Here is David Wilde playing Chopin’s Fantasie in F minor:
And here is the Chopin ‘Berceuse’ as played by David Wilde: