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Chopin: 'Wilde Plays Chopin

Magazine article Gramophone

Chopin: 'Wilde Plays Chopin

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Chopin

'Wilde Plays Chopin, Vol 3' Three Ecossaises, Op 72 No 3. Etude, Op 10 No 3. Mazurkas--No 5, Op 7 No 1; No 6, Op 7 No 2. Nocturne No 13, Op 48 No 1. Polonaises--No 3, 'Military', Op 40 No 1; No 5, Op 44. Scherzo No 2, Op 31. Waltzes--No 3, Op 34 No 2; No 6, 'Minute', Op 64 No 1: No 7, Op 64 No 2; No 9, Op 69 No 1 David Wilde pf

Delphian (F) DCD34159 (65' * DDD)

Here once more, on his third Chopin recording for Delphian, David Wilde presents a determined assault on traditional wisdom, on sweet-toned lyricism, on gently weaving, scented rubato. These are bear-hug performances where even the most outwardly fragile utterance is made as epic as Wuthering Heights. From Wilde, the C minor Nocturne, most monumental of the genre, emerges at the slowest possible lento, every note weighted and underlined with significance, the central octave cannonades ablaze with defiance and the final doppio movimento pulled back rather than forwards for an added sense of cataclysm. …

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