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Ingolf Wunder

Poetry and emotion

[...]Standing room filled up for Ingolf Wunder, indicating that he is now the audience’s favourite. It’s not hard to see why, and his E minor Concerto had authority right from the opening statement. Wunder has a way of capturing an audience’s attention with poetry and emotion; his playing is about sound, not just notes, and in that respect he was in a league of his own. The slow movement cast a spell like a bel canto aria, and the finale had Mozartian elegance and a dancing lightness that was never exaggerated. With the exception of Wunder, none of the finalists so far has been as exciting as in the earlier stages, sounding as if they are not free to give their best under the official weight of the Warsaw Philharmonic. Can that be right? Is there a case for creating a special competition orchestra?

Chopin Express No. 20, John Allison

Poetry and emotion

[...]Standing room filled up for Ingolf Wunder, indicating that he is now the audience’s favourite. It’s not hard to see why, and his E minor Concerto had authority right from the opening statement. Wunder has a way of capturing an audience’s attention with poetry and emotion; his playing is about sound, not just notes, and in that respect he was in a league of his own. The slow movement cast a spell like a bel canto aria, and the finale had Mozartian elegance and a dancing lightness that was never exaggerated. With the exception of Wunder, none of the finalists so far has been as exciting as in the earlier stages, sounding as if they are not free to give their best under the official weight of the Warsaw Philharmonic. Can that be right? Is there a case for creating a special competition orchestra?

Chopin Express No. 20, John Allison