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Ingolf Wunder

A triumphant return

Yesterday’s morning favourite was decidedly Ingolf Wunder. Five years ago he prematurely fell out of the running. Did he return to Warsaw to prove that it was unjustified? Probably, but that isn’t the point. He played wonderfully and with remarkable sensibility, incorporating a broad scale of musical expression. It’s hard to say what was most interesting in his performance: was it the artfully, discretely shaded agogically accented Ballade in F minor (he bravely began with this very work) or the beamingly delivered – light and breezy – Etude in G flat major, or was it the virtuously subtle Etude in G sharp minor or, finally, the fantastic Nocturne in B major? The latter only appears less complicated in its expression than the later Nocturnes. After all, the climax here is the formidable execution of the coda – and Wunder mastered it. It only requires that one reads into and interprets the piece accordingly. He managed to do just that!

Chopin Express No.8, M. Majchrowski

A triumphant return

Yesterday’s morning favourite was decidedly Ingolf Wunder. Five years ago he prematurely fell out of the running. Did he return to Warsaw to prove that it was unjustified? Probably, but that isn’t the point. He played wonderfully and with remarkable sensibility, incorporating a broad scale of musical expression. It’s hard to say what was most interesting in his performance: was it the artfully, discretely shaded agogically accented Ballade in F minor (he bravely began with this very work) or the beamingly delivered – light and breezy – Etude in G flat major, or was it the virtuously subtle Etude in G sharp minor or, finally, the fantastic Nocturne in B major? The latter only appears less complicated in its expression than the later Nocturnes. After all, the climax here is the formidable execution of the coda – and Wunder mastered it. It only requires that one reads into and interprets the piece accordingly. He managed to do just that!

Chopin Express No.8, M. Majchrowski