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Fanfare (Tenafly, NJ)

The orchestra is superlative, the conductor an elder statesman, the young prize-winning pianist a model of cultivated style . . . The recorded sound is the single best thing, since it blends the orchestra and piano together so beautifully -- theres no highlighting of the soloist, making this the only recording of the Tchaikovsky First in my experience where the pianists opening chords dont crash and bang. Second best is the gorgeous playing from the St. Petersburg Philharmonic . . . Ashkenazys contribution from the podium is expert . . . This leaves only Wunder to consider, and Id say he fits into the package perfectly. His touch is exquisite in its lightness. Passagework is amazingly even; he never indulges in a vulgar gesture . . . Wunder is a sterling soloist in both works.

Huntley Dent, 01. January 2015

Fanfare (Tenafly, NJ)

The orchestra is superlative, the conductor an elder statesman, the young prize-winning pianist a model of cultivated style . . . The recorded sound is the single best thing, since it blends the orchestra and piano together so beautifully -- theres no highlighting of the soloist, making this the only recording of the Tchaikovsky First in my experience where the pianists opening chords dont crash and bang. Second best is the gorgeous playing from the St. Petersburg Philharmonic . . . Ashkenazys contribution from the podium is expert . . . This leaves only Wunder to consider, and Id say he fits into the package perfectly. His touch is exquisite in its lightness. Passagework is amazingly even; he never indulges in a vulgar gesture . . . Wunder is a sterling soloist in both works.

Huntley Dent, 01. January 2015