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Many years ago when talking to Vladimir Horowitz in America I mentioned that I was going to hear Earl Wild in the New York Proms series playing Weber’s Konzertstück and Liszt’s Hungarian Fantasy. His eyes lit up: ‘Very good pianist’ Horowitz observed, his fingers skittering across the coffee table. Later Wild’s response to Horowitz was, ‘Tell him I think he’s pretty good too!’

So to Sony’s reissue of RCA’s Complete Album Collection: a glittering reminder of a stunning virtuoso. Forget the hard-bitten enamelled quality that could make short work of Ravel’s Jeux d’eau or Fauré’s Barcarolle No 3 (both on Ivory Classics) and celebrate instead a performance of Scharwenka’s first

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