LISZT SONATA IN B MI­NOR David Wilde Del­phian £13.99

The Herald - Arts - - Arts - MICHAEL TUMELTY

David Wilde’s new record­ing of Liszt’s B Mi­nor Pi­ano Sonata is an odd bird. Ad­mit­tedly, this is a struc­tural­ist era, and I’m a self­con­fessed, paid-up, card-car­ry­ing, ob­ses­sive mem­ber of the struc­tural­ist brigade. But set­ting all that aside, Wilde’s mood-tossed By­ronic in­ter­pre­ta­tion of the great sin­gle­move­ment epic seems overly flam­boy­ant, loose and rhap­sodic. That’s a mat­ter of taste. More im­por­tantly, the record­ing, made in Ed­in­burgh’s Reid Con­cert Hall and cou­pled use­fully with Bu­soni’s Ele­gies, is colos­sally re­ver­ber­ant: bath­room acous­tics, if ever I heard them.

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