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by Ingolf Wunder
     
 
Following his all-Chopin debut on Deutsche Grammophon, Austrian pianist Ingolf Wunder offers a program of considerable variety for his second album, which spans 300 years of western music history and shows the breadth of his repertoire. Wunder is a gifted musician whose refinement and subtlety are apparent in all aspects of his playing, and are

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Following his all-Chopin debut on Deutsche Grammophon, Austrian pianist Ingolf Wunder offers a program of considerable variety for his second album, which spans 300 years of western music history and shows the breadth of his repertoire. Wunder is a gifted musician whose refinement and subtlety are apparent in all aspects of his playing, and are in every way equal to his virtuosity and intensity, so this CD is as much a display of artistry as it is of technique. Wunder's poetic treatment of Scarlatti, Mozart, Chopin, and Debussy is wonderfully balanced by his fiery handling of Liszt, Rachmaninov, Scriabin, and Horowitz, and his delicate playing of Rimsky-Korsakov's "Flight of the Bumble Bee" and Moszkowski's "Étincelles" reveals a fine blending of control and energy. But Wunder is not all seriousness. His closing showpiece, a rousing arrangement of John Williams' "Main Title from Star Wars," is fun and engaging, not merely because it's a wink to popular culture, but also because it's a nod to the showy transcriptions of Liszt, cleverly reviving a 19th century tradition for today's listeners. Deutsche Grammophon's reproduction is big and spacious, with clear and close-up sound to capture Wunder's nuances but providing enough roominess to let him stretch out.

Product Details

Release Date:
01/29/2013
Label:
Deutsche Grammophon
UPC:
0028947900849
catalogNumber:
001793002

Tracks

  1. Waltz Fantasy for piano in B minor, Op. 49
  2. Berceuse for piano in D flat major, Op. 57, CT. 7
  3. Piano Sonata No. 13 in B flat major, K. 333 (K. 315c)
  4. Sonata for keyboard in B minor, K. 87 (L. 33)
  5. The Legend of 1900, film score: Playing Love
  6. Concert Paraphrase on Mozart's Turkish March, for piano
  7. Moment Exotique (Danse Excentrique), for piano
  8. Étincelles, for piano, Op. 36/6
  9. Etude for piano in D sharp minor, Op. 8/12
  10. Prelude for piano No.6 in G minor, Op. 23/5
  11. The Flight of the Bumble Bee, musical picture for orchestra (from The Tale of Tsar Saltan)
  12. Clair de lune, for piano (Suite Bergamasque No. 3), L. 75/3
  13. Csárdás macabre, for piano, S. 224 (LW A313)
  14. Star Wars, Episode IV: A New Hope, film score: Main Title

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What a talent! This pianist has everything: perfect touch, maturity, imagination, great taste, technique. His Clair de lune is unbeatable (probably the best Clair de lune that has been ever recorded).