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Ingolf Wunder

In his shadow

When I arrived at the Philharmonic Hall yesterday evening, everyone was still buzzing about Ingolf Wunder’s performance in the morning. The task set for the following four pianists was made all the more difficult [...] Before the evening auditions the rumour had begun: “Ingolf Wunder played very well this morning!” Then, during the intermission: “Ingolf Wunder was outstanding”, and after the end of the auditions: “Wunder was perfect!” [...] Young pianists get lost in the rhythms of the mazurka and oberek. Worse, no one could handle the waltzes. Does everyone only dance disco and salsa these days? Ingolf Wunder’s performance was a notable exception here. We can imagine why he knows how to play the waltz, since the Austrian admitted to knowing how to dance it; he deserves praise for noticing the magnificent minutiae in the mazurkas, their rhythm, charm, and melancholy. Has he, in fact, grasped a thread of Chopin’s cloak?

Chopin Express No. 14, K. Komarnicki

In his shadow

When I arrived at the Philharmonic Hall yesterday evening, everyone was still buzzing about Ingolf Wunder’s performance in the morning. The task set for the following four pianists was made all the more difficult [...] Before the evening auditions the rumour had begun: “Ingolf Wunder played very well this morning!” Then, during the intermission: “Ingolf Wunder was outstanding”, and after the end of the auditions: “Wunder was perfect!” [...] Young pianists get lost in the rhythms of the mazurka and oberek. Worse, no one could handle the waltzes. Does everyone only dance disco and salsa these days? Ingolf Wunder’s performance was a notable exception here. We can imagine why he knows how to play the waltz, since the Austrian admitted to knowing how to dance it; he deserves praise for noticing the magnificent minutiae in the mazurkas, their rhythm, charm, and melancholy. Has he, in fact, grasped a thread of Chopin’s cloak?

Chopin Express No. 14, K. Komarnicki