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Tribute To Earl Wild (Performed By Xiayin Wang) [CD]

Xiayin Wang Audio CD
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An artist with a winning combination of consummate technical brilliance, fine musicianship, and personal verve, pianist Xiayin (SHA-EEN) Wang wins the hearts of audiences wherever she appears. As recitalist, chamber musician, and orchestral soloist in such venues as New York’s Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center, she has already achieved a high level of recognition for her commanding ... Read more in Amazon's Xiayin Wang Store

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  • Conductor: None
  • Composer: Earl Wild, George Gershwin
  • Audio CD (1 Nov 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Chandos
  • ASIN: B0044FEZEO
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 266,187 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Gershwin/Wild: Seven Virtuoso Études (1976)
2. Gershwin/Wild: Grand Fantasy on Porgy and Bess (1976)
3. Gershwin/Wild: Improvisations on Someone to Watch over Me (1990)
4. Earl Wild: Piano Sonata (2000)

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Xiayin Wang plays this music cleanly with technical aplomb. Performance and Recording **** --BBC Music Magazine,May'11

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Earl Wild, Composer 13 Dec 2010
By J Scott Morrison HALL OF FAME TOP 500 REVIEWER
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One of the great concert-going experiences of my life was hearing Earl Wild play a solo recital. In it he played couple of encores from his 'Seven Virtuoso Études' based on popular songs of George Gershwin. Wild, who died this past January at the age of 94, was a virtuoso of the highest kind and he was a marvelous composer as well. On this disc we hear some of his Gershwin-based compositions, but we also hear his Piano Sonata, written in 2000 at the age of 84. The latter, recorded in the year of its composition by Wild 20th & 21st Century Piano Sonatas, is a three-movement work whose movements are jazzy, based as they are on a jazz march, a blues and a toccata ('à la Ricky Martin', although I must admit I don't hear much in the way of Latin influence in it). The Sonata is virtuosic in the extreme and very easy on the ear. I has motoric rhythms in the outer movements and luscious bluesy harmonies in the gorgeous middle movement. I suppose pride of place ought to go to Wild's recording, but I have to say that young Xiayin Wang plays it with obvious feeling for Wild's idiom and I wouldn't want to be without either recording.

Wild had a particular affection for the music of George Gershwin, feeling that it represented the best of American music, popular or classical. He recorded a great deal of Gershwin, including marvelous performances of the Rhapsody in Blue and the Concerto in F George Gershwin: Rhapsody in Blue / Concerto in F / An American in Paris / Variations on "I Got Rhythm" - Earl Wild / Boston Pops Orchestra / Arthur Fiedler.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Get it! 18 Dec 2010
By Jack
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This is beautifully played and also clever music: Spot the Well Tempered Clavier references.. The Improvisations are catchy and sumptuous, repaying careful listening as well as on in the background. I was less taken by the Wild Sonata, but the rest of the CD makes it very worthwhile - just go get it!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Performances worthy of Wild! 7 Jan 2011
By David DeLucia - Published on Amazon.com
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I have long admired Xiayin Wang's Youtube performances, and her first CD is absolutely wonderful in every way. That being said, this recent offering is a real stunner, easily the finest recital I've heard over the last year!
Wang chooses an ambitious opening piece, the Grand Fantasia on
Gershwin's Porgy and Bess, one of Wild's most successful arrangements. Few pianists offer this work in public, as the difficulties are formidable. Not only does Wang make it sound like child's play, her fervour and fidelity to the music are never in doubt. In Summertime, one of the Fantasy's highlights, Wang
achieves a shimmering, luminous tone that is absolutely suited to this soulful music. Elsewhere her virtuosity is hair raising yet integrated into the musical whole. Nothing sticks out in a "look how fast I can play this" fashion. As amatter of fact, Wang's playing is utterly seamless, even though I would prefer a
less cavernous sounding piano.
The listener hardly has a chance to catch his breath before Wang launches into the Seven Virtuoso Etudes, arrangements of popular Gershwin songs. Many of the difficulties in these pieces involve balance and sensitivity rather than displays of fast octaves, etc., and Wang is enormously successful with bringing out the purely musical qualities of each study. I particularly like her
rendition of The Man I Love, which is feathery and impressionistic. The faster pieces, such as Fascinatin' Rhythm are performed with such polish I'm sure even Wild himself would have been impressed. Certainly, Wang outdoes herself here, and her interpretation of this piece as a whole is one of the finest ever
recorded.
Wild's three variations on Gershwin's Someone to Watch Over Me is a lot of fun, especially the tango which is interspersed with quasi-Bach passages that Wang plays with great panache. Her repeated notes in the first variation are astonishingly accurate and even more amazingly, extremely musical. The initial theme is played so lovingly, one simply basks in Wang's gorgeous tone and
sensitive lingering.
Wang closes her generous recital with Wild's own Piano Sonata written in his mid 80's. Yet, this is no geriatric piece, being full of life and eminently listenable. The bluesy second movement is out and out gorgeous and the closing toccata (a la Ricky Martin) provides a rousing conclusion, interpreted to the nines by Wang.
Since Wild himself recorded all these works, the inevitable question is "How does Wang compare?" And the answer is...very well!! In some pieces, such as the Someone to Watch Over Me variations, I actually prefer her interpretation to Wild's cooler approach. In general, Wang is more warm blooded and passionate throughout this CD, and uses a wider palette of tone and dynamics. Wild himself uses slightly less rubato and is more straightforward in his renditions of his
own compositions. I would recommend both versions, they are often rather different but equally effective and musical.
Chandos has scored a winner with this CD, which further proves Wang is a force to be reckoned with. If this repertoire interests you, I think you will treasure this CD!

On a scale of 10, this CD earns an 11...enough said!
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Earl Wild, Composer 13 Dec 2010
By J Scott Morrison - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
One of the great concert-going experiences of my life was hearing Earl Wild play a solo recital. In it he played couple of encores from his 'Seven Virtuoso Études' based on popular songs of George Gershwin. Wild, who died this past January at the age of 94, was a virtuoso of the highest kind and he was a marvelous composer as well. On this disc we hear some of his Gershwin-based compositions, but we also hear his Piano Sonata, written in 2000 at the age of 84. The latter, recorded in the year of its composition by Wild 20th & 21st Century Piano Sonatas, is a three-movement work whose movements are jazzy, based as they are on a jazz march, a blues and a toccata ('à la Ricky Martin', although I must admit I don't hear much in the way of Latin influence in it). The Sonata is virtuosic in the extreme and very easy on the ear. I has motoric rhythms in the outer movements and luscious bluesy harmonies in the gorgeous middle movement. I suppose pride of place ought to go to Wild's recording, but I have to say that young Xiayin Wang plays it with obvious feeling for Wild's idiom and I wouldn't want to be without either recording.

Wild had a particular affection for the music of George Gershwin, feeling that it represented the best of American music, popular or classical. He recorded a great deal of Gershwin, including marvelous performances of the Rhapsody in Blue and the Concerto in F George Gershwin: Rhapsody in Blue / Concerto in F / An American in Paris / Variations on "I Got Rhythm" - Earl Wild / Boston Pops Orchestra / Arthur Fiedler. He wrote a long and luscious 'Grand Fantasy on "Porgy and Bess"' that consists of twelve sections played without pause and featuring all the main arias in the order in which they appear in the opera. Transitions often include subtle reprises of 'Summertime', obviously the most familiar of all the songs in the work. The work concludes with a triumphant 'Oh Lawd I'm on my way' that is joyous and sad at the same time. I loved it, and I loved Wang's feeling for it.

The 'Seven Virtuoso Études' are based on 'Liza', 'Somebody Loves Me', 'The Man I Love', 'Embraceable You', 'Lady Be Good', 'I Got Rhythm' and 'Fascinating Rhythm'. 'Liza' is amazing pianistically with both hands playing filigree and the thumbs bringing out the easily discernible melody. At times it reminds me of Art Tatum. Holy moley! I've always loved the melody of 'Embraceable You' and Wild gives its due while scatting all over the keyboard with his oh-so-clever accompaniment. But the real highpoints are the rub-your-tummy-and-pat-your-head rhythms of 'I Got Rhythm' and 'Fascinating Rhythm'. Holy Moley in spades! Wang does herself really proud here even though the master himself also recorded them (natch!): Earl Wild plays Gershwin.

Finally there is the 'Improvisation on "Someone to Watch Over Me"', a theme and three variations in the form of a barcarolle, Brazilian dance and Argentinian tango. The 'Theme' is not a bald statement of Gershwin's song but an olio of countermelodies and counterrhythms in ever-changing harmonies. The barcarolle maintains the rocking 6/8 of the theme but adds a bit of a kick and bucketloads of impossibly rapid repeated notes. The Brazilian section trips along with staccato melody and rocking samba rhythms. The Tango would make Astor Piazzolla proud. One can visualize the dancing couple entangled as they are only in a sexy tango. (And yet, somehow, Wild brings in quotations of keyboard music by Bach! Who knew Bach could do the tango?). This one is my favorite, but I suspect you'll like the whole CD.

Xiayin (pronounced Shah-een) Wang is yet another of that avalanche of marvelous Chinese pianists who finished their training in the US. She's definitely a comer along with her name-mate (and non-related) Yuja Wang, and recent Cliburn prizewinner Joyce Yang.

Recommended.

Scott Morrison
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A beautiful recording, a must for Gershwin lovers. 27 Jan 2012
By Stephen Papastephanou - Published on Amazon.com
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This is probably the best version of the late Earl Wild's famous virtuoso arrangements of Gershwin's music. X. Wang is a superb pianist, not to be confused with Yuja Wang another super-virtuoso Chinese pianist. With Lang lang, Yo Yo Ma, China has enriched our country with some of the greatest classical performers alive.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ah Yes 28 Jan 2012
By William D. Larson - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Well, ya know, ya gotta give 'em the visuals too, if you can--we all know that. And so Xiayin Wang is gorgeous-looking, and is such, I suppose, even if classical music labels were not always trying to sell with sex on the fronts of their albums. They all do it--we all know that. Now, if Xiayin Wang's playing were only as gorgeous as her looks! For any out there who want their great playing divorced from great looks, I am here to throw a big bucket of ice-water on your head, sans Gatorade: Wang's playing IS as great as her looks! I am kidding you not. What a knack she has for Gershwin!: very jazzy, very zesty, very simpatico with the man. Hard to believe she's not his reincarnation, really. I'm just sayin', ya know? Listening to this phenomenal CD I keep thinking that Wang would make a great jazz pianist--that is, if she were willing to take a cut in pay. ("What's the difference between a jazz musician and a large pizza? A large pizza can feed a family of four.") Great sonics on this CD as well. Glad I bought my M-Audio studio monitors. She has your usual Chinese great technique, but at no time does she subordinate the music to the technique, at no time. So, you can sit in your self-pity and deny yourself this CD, or you can get up and live and buy this prontissimo. The choice is yours. I'm mighty glad I made the buy choice.
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome feel for this music! 25 Mar 2013
By Staxxx - Published on Amazon.com
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I must say I was a little blown away by this CD. This is a phenomenally sensitive pianist with all the technique and passion to spare. This disc was a purchase on a whim and has fast become one of my favorite CDs. Wang has all the colour one would want and makes sure the swing and melody is not obscured by the filigree that Wild indulges in. Terrific disc and obviously highly recommended.
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