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Ingolf Wunder

Wunder and who else?

Finals of the Chopin Competition...

[...] When the strong candidate for the first prize Jewgienij Bozanov disappointed on Monday, everyone waited impatiently for Tuesday evening’s performance of Ingolf Wunder – the next contender after the Bulgarian to the Grand Prix. And it was worth waiting. Twenty five year-old Austrian from Klagenfurt, known from the previous 2005 Competition when he didn’t reach the finals, this time gave the performance of his life. He played e-minor concerto masterfully. He showed his a great technique, pianistic class, complete and well-controlled virtuosity. Although the most important is the fact that contrary to the rest of finalists he made a true dialogue with the orchestra. In the second movement ‘Romance. Larghetto’ he was simply encouraging the instrumentalists to play more emotionally, he glanced once at the violin direction, once at the bassoon direction as if he wanted to ask „please, make the music with me, not just accompany me”.

Wunder’s Chopin was constructed excellently in Viennese manner and at the same time there was no lack of the virtuosity and the lightness of the style brillante. And his dreamlike piano – in several levels of intensity. This is how the early Chopin pieces, when he lived in Warsaw, should sound like – youthfully and freshly. Ingolf Wunder didn’t finish playing the last chords when the applause wave went through the hall. And then, as the only finalist he got a standing ovation. Interesting what does the jury think now?

Gazeta Wyborcza 10/2010, J. Hawryluk

Wunder and who else?

Finals of the Chopin Competition...

[...] When the strong candidate for the first prize Jewgienij Bozanov disappointed on Monday, everyone waited impatiently for Tuesday evening’s performance of Ingolf Wunder – the next contender after the Bulgarian to the Grand Prix. And it was worth waiting. Twenty five year-old Austrian from Klagenfurt, known from the previous 2005 Competition when he didn’t reach the finals, this time gave the performance of his life. He played e-minor concerto masterfully. He showed his a great technique, pianistic class, complete and well-controlled virtuosity. Although the most important is the fact that contrary to the rest of finalists he made a true dialogue with the orchestra. In the second movement ‘Romance. Larghetto’ he was simply encouraging the instrumentalists to play more emotionally, he glanced once at the violin direction, once at the bassoon direction as if he wanted to ask „please, make the music with me, not just accompany me”.

Wunder’s Chopin was constructed excellently in Viennese manner and at the same time there was no lack of the virtuosity and the lightness of the style brillante. And his dreamlike piano – in several levels of intensity. This is how the early Chopin pieces, when he lived in Warsaw, should sound like – youthfully and freshly. Ingolf Wunder didn’t finish playing the last chords when the applause wave went through the hall. And then, as the only finalist he got a standing ovation. Interesting what does the jury think now?

Gazeta Wyborcza 10/2010, J. Hawryluk