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Wilde: 'The Cellist of Sarajevo'

Magazine article Gramophone

Wilde: 'The Cellist of Sarajevo'

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Wilde

'The Cellist of Sarajevo' Suite 'Cry, Bosnia-Herzegovina'. String Quartet No 1. Piano Trio. A Prayer for Bosnia Red Note Ensemble/Robert Irvine vc Delphian (B)(2) DCD34179 (84' * DDD)

David Wilde's list of achievements as a solo pianist spanning 50 years--from being the winner of several major prizes during the 1960s to his critically acclaimed series of Chopin recordings for Delphian--has somewhat eclipsed his output as composer. A shame, since Wilde's creative contributions are of equal importance, as demonstrated in this two-disc set of his chamber music.

A one-time student of Nadia Boulanger, Wilde's music exudes technical assurance, craftsmanship and an in-depth understanding of instruments gained through his own experiences as a performer. The results are truly memorable when Wilde is compelled to respond to events of such magnitude and significance as the Bosnian war (1992-95). Wilde witnessed these horrors at first hand when he visited war-torn Sarajevo to support musicians who continued to defy Serbian bombardments by holding concerts in the city.

Although written before his visit, the intensely lyrical and deeply moving 'The Cellist of Sarajevo'--performed with just the right amount of passion and restraint here by Robert Irvine--remains Wilde's best-known work. …

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