Really Wild Gershwin piano works

Classic FM's John Brunning taps his toes to the melodious all-American sounds of Earl Wild's arrangements of Gershwin works

Composer: Gershwin
Repertoire: Virtuoso arrangements for piano by Earl Wild
Artists: Martin Jones (piano)
Rating:  4/5 
Genre: Instrumental
Label: Nimbus NI 5743

Gershwin is quoted as saying he wanted to write ‘for young girls sitting on fire escapes on hot summer nights in New York, dreaming of love’. That statement makes perfect sense as you listen to this album of quintessentially American music. Earl Wild’s ingenious piano arrangements further enhance our appreciation of Gershwin’s unique gift for melody. Couple them with an artist as accomplished as Martin Jones, and you have a recipe for a sure-fire winner.