Album: Ingolf Wunder, Chopin Recital (Deutsche Grammophon)

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The Independent Culture

Ingolf Wunder is the undisputed wunderkind of the Austrian piano scene, so enthusiastically admired that his second placing in last year's Chopin International Competition brought down contempt upon the jury.

This debut for Deutsche Grammophon allows us all to judge his competition pieces, from the masterly handling of the mandatory "Polonaise-Fantaisie in A flat major" to the dazzling resolution of extrovert and introvert sensibilities displayed in the "Piano Sonata No 3 in B minor": the Scherzo alone moves from rippling, ebullient industry to soul-searching intimacy, and back again, within three minutes, Wunder displaying a poise and tonal command way beyond his tender years.

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