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There aren’t miracles every day

[…] Standing ovations at the end of the concert - the enthusiastic audience in the Chamber Hall of the Rudolf-Oetker-Halle doesn’t even want to let the pianist Ingolf Wunder go. (!) After four encores and crossing not less than five stylistic periods the young Carinthian came back home so to speak - to the composer, who has given his career that started ten years ago another artistic nuance. By winning the second prize, several special awards and the audience prize at the prestigious Chopin Competition in Warsaw last year, as well as the exclusive contract with the label Deutsche Grammophon and a recording of Chopins solo works, he has now recommended himself as an interpreter of the music of the Polish-French composer. But to the amazement of the audience wonder has modified its program to raise the bar even a little bit higher still. Because Mozart, with its playful lightness, profound seriousness and transparent sound is still one of the true challenges of a pianist. Wunder proves in the B flat Sonata (K. 333), that he is already capable of mapping out Mozart’s entire range of expressions […] The second half of the program was reserved for Chopin. After the not quite unjustly rarely performed "Bolero" (Op. 19) Wunder captivated with finely illuminated versions of the fourth Ballade and the “Andante spianato et Grande Polonaise” that went to their extremes and were rarely ever heard like that. Not just a "tour de force", but also an emotional balancing act. […]To speak once in a superlativ: A miracle - and a name you should remember! […]

Christoph Guddorf, nw-news.de, 28.11.2011

 

There aren’t miracles every day

[…] Standing ovations at the end of the concert - the enthusiastic audience in the Chamber Hall of the Rudolf-Oetker-Halle doesn’t even want to let the pianist Ingolf Wunder go. (!) After four encores and crossing not less than five stylistic periods the young Carinthian came back home so to speak - to the composer, who has given his career that started ten years ago another artistic nuance. By winning the second prize, several special awards and the audience prize at the prestigious Chopin Competition in Warsaw last year, as well as the exclusive contract with the label Deutsche Grammophon and a recording of Chopins solo works, he has now recommended himself as an interpreter of the music of the Polish-French composer. But to the amazement of the audience wonder has modified its program to raise the bar even a little bit higher still. Because Mozart, with its playful lightness, profound seriousness and transparent sound is still one of the true challenges of a pianist. Wunder proves in the B flat Sonata (K. 333), that he is already capable of mapping out Mozart’s entire range of expressions […] The second half of the program was reserved for Chopin. After the not quite unjustly rarely performed "Bolero" (Op. 19) Wunder captivated with finely illuminated versions of the fourth Ballade and the “Andante spianato et Grande Polonaise” that went to their extremes and were rarely ever heard like that. Not just a "tour de force", but also an emotional balancing act. […]To speak once in a superlativ: A miracle - and a name you should remember! […]

Christoph Guddorf, nw-news.de, 28.11.2011