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That said, Mr Wild's performances are exquisite in every conceivable
category -- technical, interpretive and aesthetic. So resourceful is his
prismatic pianism that no line is denied its fully fluid dynamic status,
assuaging each as he does with a thousand shades of affect. How deftly he
manipulates the gentle hemorrhage of one voice into the next, imperceptibly
emerging from a phrase or cadence as if it were the breaking of the dawn.
In the aromatic Douloureuse Rêverie dans un Bois de Sapins
[listen], or the diaphanous Mirage [listen], for example, he illuminates even the smallest
harmonic shift as if it were a rose to be cultivated.
A disembodied quality has crept into Mr Wild's playing as late,
as if he has moved into the realm of pure concept. There is not even a suggestion
of the material or athletic in his music making, no matter how complex the
physical gestuary that necessarily coincides with affective musical expression.
And yet there is nothing in the least dispassionate or coolly abstract about
any of it. On the contrary, he effortlessly discloses, at every turn and
with enormous discretion, the rarified beauty of a figure or the internecine
polemics that inform musical conflicts. He invests virtually every phrase
with incomparable authority and elegance, paying tribute to a pianistic
bel canto while rendering its texture completely transparent.
What Mr Wild invests so consummately in French music, then, is precisely
the kind of fertile imagination and flexibility of line and form that it
demands. Indeed, he is the Rolande Barthes of the piano, in that he celebrates
the ever-so discreet pleasures of the text.
Copyright © 16 January 2002
John Bell Young, Tampa, Florida, USA
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