Earl Wild's Legendary Rachmaninoff Song Transcriptions
Earl Wild, pianist
Ivory Classics 74001 77:55
These song transcriptions are perfect for people who love Rachmaninoff's melodies but don't want to hear the singing.
Transcriptions for piano solo are a tradition of the greatest pianists, including Rachmaninoff himself. Earl Wild is a formidable pianist, and he has taken these beautiful vocal settings and made complete piano solo pieces. Rachmaninoff songs are excellent material for this... I have often wished to hear more of the accompaniment and less of the vocal lines because the music Rachmaninoff wrote for the piano part is so complicated and gorgeous.
Earl Wild brings his superb technique and emotional power to these recordings. You will still hear with clarity the song-lines, but you will also hear the equal weight of the original piano lines. This is perfection.