- The Seasons, for piano, Op. 37
- Morceaux (P'yesï) (3) for piano, Op. 31: No. 01, Improvisation in B-Flat minor
- Pictures at an Exhibition (Kartinki s vïstavski), for piano
American pianist Earl Wild exercises his considerable charm in this challenging program of Russian masterworks. He plays Tchaikovsky's nostalgically evocative suite "The Seasons" with affection and delight, bringing out the Schumann-like mystery of "March: Song of the Lark," while other movements, like "December: Christmas," have the terpsichorean glee of the composer's best ballet music. Wild captures the grave emotions of Mussorgsky's majestic "Pictures at an Exhibition," tossing off joyful interludes like the "Ballet of the Unhatched Chicks" at mind-boggling speed. As an encore, Wild treats us to a warmly sympathetic performance of the Improvisation in B-flat Minor by Nicolai Medtner. This finger-buster is played with such Fred Astaire-like ease that it's simply irresistible.