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EARL WILD PLAYS AGAIN BEETHOVEN Sonata Nº18 Op.31 Nº3 "HUNT" 1984
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Recorded at St. Barnabas Church, Finchley, London, February 1 - 2 1984 Piano: Bösendorfer Remastering Producer and Engineer: Michael Rolland Davis & Ed Thompson IVORY CLASSICS 76001 Born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Wild was a musically precocious child and studied under Selmar Janson, Simon Barere and Egon Petri, among others. As a teenager, he started making transcriptions of romantic music and composition. In 1937, Wild was hired as a staff pianist for the NBC Symphony Orchestra. In 1939, he became the first pianist to perform a recital on U.S. television. Wild later recalled that the small studio became so hot under the bright lights that the ivory piano keys started to warp. In 1997 he was also the first pianist to stream a performance over the Internet. In 1942, Arturo Toscanini invited him for a performance of Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue, which was a resounding success and made him a household name. During World War II, Wild served in the United States Navy as a musician.