Ingolf Wunder Makes His Washington Debut Playing Schubert, Chopin, Liszt

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Schubert, Piano Sonata in B-flat Major, D. 960
Chopin, Polonaise-Fantaisie in A-flat Major, Op. 61
Liszt, Hexaméron, S. 392

Ingolf Wunder’s second-place finish at the 2010 International Chopin Piano Competition propelled him to a coveted recording contract with Deutsche Grammophon and a fledgling international career. On Sunday at the Phillips Collection, the 30-year-old Austrian made his Washington debut with a promising, but uneven, recital displaying his robust and ambitious musicianship.

Ever fearless, Wunder opened with one of the most artistically challenging and elusive works in the piano repertoire: Schubert’s monumental final Sonata in B-flat. Wunder’s was a young man’s interpretation, full of febrile energy and volatile emotion. Where other pianists have found a cosmic spaciousness and poignant melancholy, Wunder emphasized surface drama and muscular sonorities…

Read the full review here (Washington Post, April 11, 2016)

Listen to Wunder’s performance of Chopin’s Polonaise-Fantasie from the 2010 Chopin Competition on YouTube here.

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