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Hi Everyone,

Here is my interview with the Austrian pianist, Ingolf Wunder. An incredibly talented young artist who plays very well.

Enjoy, and as always, thank you very much for reading smile

http://www.examiner.com/piano-in-san-francisco/interview-with-pianist-ingolf-wunder

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I played the piano just a little bit before I was fourteen, but I didn’t have any repertoire. So everything that I learned, everything that I can do now, I learned between the age of fourteen and now...
See? You can start the piano at 14 and still become a concert artist!! He says he only knew a little bit beforehand; he was probably just a beginner then!!--

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One of my first pieces was Liszt’s Sonetto 104 del Petrarca, because I loved it so much.
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I have never seen any performance where the player looked happier or more ecstatic than Wunder's performance of the last movement of the Chopin Concerto at the Chopin Competition:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zKn6...p;playnext=1&list=PL9E722A4B807FE989

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Originally Posted by pianoloverus
I have never seen any performance where the player looked happier or more ecstatic than Wunder's performance of the last movement of the Chopin Concerto at the Chopin Competition:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zKn6...p;playnext=1&list=PL9E722A4B807FE989


Thank you for reminding me of that extraordinary performance.


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Thank you for sharing vlhorowitz. I always enjoy reading these interviews. Wunder was one of my personal favorites in the Chopin competition because he played with such deep emotion....

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He also has a crazy Op. 25 No. 6 etude!

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I really enjoy these interviews.


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His performance of the concerto in the competition raised high hopes, but his first CD (for DG) was a bit of a disappointment: rather prettified and lacking in drive and verve, as if he was thinking of the consumptive and sickly Chopin only able to play the slow sections of his Ballades.....


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One of my favorites so far! An interesting guy...

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Originally Posted by pianoloverus
I have never seen any performance where the player looked happier or more ecstatic than Wunder's performance of the last movement of the Chopin Concerto at the Chopin Competition:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zKn6...p;playnext=1&list=PL9E722A4B807FE989


...or made it look so effortless -- wow, and bravo.

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Originally Posted by bennevis
His performance of the concerto in the competition raised high hopes, but his first CD (for DG) was a bit of a disappointment: rather prettified and lacking in drive and verve, as if he was thinking of the consumptive and sickly Chopin only able to play the slow sections of his Ballades.....
I'm assuming this is your personal review although you state it more as if it was a fact. The first half dozen reviews I read on a google search were close to unanimously rave. Wouldn't it be quite surprising if the same pieces that got his such favorable reviews in the Chopin Competition were played poorly a short time later?

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Thank you all for reading. He's quite a phenomenal talent. I was really surprised to hear him say that Op. 25 No. 6 was the most difficult etude for his hand.

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Originally Posted by vlhorowitz
I was really surprised to hear him say that Op. 25 No. 6 was the most difficult etude for his hand.
Why were your surprised?

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There is enough clarity, speed, and contrast in both hands - based on the two Youtube videos of him playing it, that I thought he was one of the rare cases of people who don't struggle much with this etude.

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Thanks to EH, I've been exploring more of Wunder's work. Last night, I found this video of Wunder playing the Gmin Ballade. His PFC is the most virtuosic pianism I've witnessed. It's certainly too presto and too fuoco for *every* mood, but it's not often my mouth goes shocked uncommanded. And although it may not be fit for everyday moods, it certainly fits many of my moods! smokin



I look forward to much more Wunder through the years.

edit: actually Sam Rose found the video, for those keeping score

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I've been around here for a few years now, and google & I can usually figure things out, but...

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His PFC

His what?

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p.s. Best hypothesis: this is supposed to be "FPC", which would (I guess) be Chopin's first piano concerto. ?

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I've been around here for a few years now, and google & I can usually figure things out, but...

Originally Posted by hawgdriver
His PFC

His what?

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p.s. Best hypothesis: this is supposed to be "FPC", which would (I guess) be Chopin's first piano concerto. ?

Probably meant PCF

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I've been around here for a few years now, and google & I can usually figure things out, but...

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His PFC

His what?

-J

p.s. Best hypothesis: this is supposed to be "FPC", which would (I guess) be Chopin's first piano concerto. ?

Probably meant PCF


For presto con fuoco? Dang, that's absurd if that's it.

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Yes, that's certainly what he meant. It's a typo. Maybe he shouldn't have abbreviated it st all without first mentioning presto con fuoco, but we all get lazy sometimes (and he did use the words presto and fuoco in the following sentence).

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Originally Posted by bennevis
His performance of the concerto in the competition raised high hopes, but his first CD (for DG) was a bit of a disappointment: rather prettified and lacking in drive and verve, as if he was thinking of the consumptive and sickly Chopin only able to play the slow sections of his Ballades.....
I'm assuming this is your personal review although you state it more as if it was a fact. The first half dozen reviews I read on a google search were close to unanimously rave. Wouldn't it be quite surprising if the same pieces that got his such favorable reviews in the Chopin Competition were played poorly a short time later?


It isn't only my opinion - after I bought the CD (purely on the basis of his Chopin competition concerto playing, and the fact that the public - though not the jury - thought he should have won) and wished I hadn't, I read the review in BBC Music Magazine which was pretty scathing, and mirrored my own opinion. I think the Gramophone review was more positive. But you should listen to it and judge for yourself......


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