Magazine article Gramophone

Chopin * Tchaikovsky: Chopin Piano Concerto No 1

Magazine article Gramophone

Chopin * Tchaikovsky: Chopin Piano Concerto No 1

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Chopin Piano Concerto No 1, Op 11

Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto No 1, Op 23

Ingolf Wunder pf St Petersburg Philharmonic

Orchestra / Vladimir Ashkenazy

DG [F] 479 0670GH (73' * DDD)

Recorded live at St Petersburg's White Nights, June 2012

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Ingolf Wunder first came to public attention in 2010 when he was awarded joint second prize in the International Chopin Competition in Warsaw. The Austrian pianist's latest release was recorded two years ago at St Petersburg's 2012 White Nights festival--a live concert, though you wouldn't know it: the Russians, normally enthusiastic coughers, here manage to keep their expectorating mysteriously silent and the 'frenzied applause' with which, according to the booklet, the 'performance was rewarded' has been excised. A pity; for, deprived of any sense of occasion, the disc is simply another recording of two very good performances of two much-recorded concertos about which, frankly, neither Wunder nor his conductor has much new to say. …

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