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Liszt: Piano Recital

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“. . . the recording is fabulous. Yundi Li, the brilliant young Chinese pianist . . . has proved a technically astounding pianist who is by turns elegant and rambunctious, coolly expressive and white-hot. The surging, rhapsodic and daunting Prokofiev concerto is an ideal piece for him. He also gives a splendid account of the Ravel: crackling with energy in the first movement, dreamy in ... Read more in Amazon's Yundi Store

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  • Audio CD (24 Mar 2011)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Deutsche Grammophon
  • ASIN: B00008GQTQ
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 155,429 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. Liszt: Piano Sonata in B minor, S.178 - Lento assai - Allegro energico 3:38£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Liszt: Piano Sonata in B minor, S.178 - Grandioso - Recitativo - 8:43£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Liszt: Piano Sonata in B minor, S.178 - Andante sostenuto - 6:56£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Liszt: Piano Sonata in B minor, S.178 - Allegro energico - Andante sostenuto - Lento assai10:38£1.49  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Liszt: Grandes Etudes de Paganini, S141 - No.3 In G Sharp Minor ("La Campanella") 4:42£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Liszt: Widmung, S.566 after Schumann 3:38£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Liszt: Liebestraum No.3 In A Flat, S.541 No.3 4:37£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Liszt: Venezia e Napoli, S.162 (rev. version 1859) supplement to Années de Pelerinage, 2ème année: Italie (S.161) - 3. Tarantella 9:06£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Liszt: Concert Paraphrase on Rigoletto, S.434 after Verdi's opera 6:27£0.79  Buy MP3 

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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Premature maturity 1 Nov 2010
By Scriabinmahler TOP 500 REVIEWER
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On first listening, I was very impressed by the delicacy and thoughtfulness of Yundi Li's playing, but then on second listening, I had mixed feeling about this all Liszt recital. I couldn't figure out why. His technical polish and artistic maturity is quite remarkable for his age. But the more I listen to it, the more I've come to hate it.

The booklet contains a lengthy comment on Li's singular effort to delve deeper into the soul of the music and on his artistic maturity, but I find his artistic maturity somewhat premature. It is forced and more like a direct reaction to the common view held by critics that many of those Chinese keyboard athletes have amazingly dexterous fingers but not much musicianship.

Particularly in the Bm Sonata, there's too much of his intention to be deep and expressive that it often hinders the natural flow and momentum of the music and weakens the transcendental quality of this unique sonata. If you look at each section, Li's playing is very expressive and impressive, but the sonata as a whole is presented rather like a sight-seeing tour than climbing a towering mountain.
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5.0 out of 5 stars great album 12 Feb 2013
By Shakira
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I must say it s marvellous, Liszt is one of the greatest one, and a very high reputation, Yundi is an excellent and talented pianist
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7 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Immense 10 July 2003
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Truely Amazing that Yundi Li can produce another album and keep his audience amazed at his truely amazing tchnique. La Campanella is played with a truely sensational touch while in Liebesträume he is able to bring out new ideas in playing this famous piece which shows the young pianist talent.
The variety in the programe of Liszt's works shows that Yundi can cope with many types of performs techniques need to play all these pieces well and this album clearly shows that he will have an amazing career ahead of him.
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5.0 out of 5 stars This Joins the Short List of Best Performances 16 Feb 2004
By J Scott Morrison - Published on
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The Liszt b minor sonata is surely one of the pinnacles of all piano works, and there's little question that it has been well-served in recordings. Among the marvelous performances preserved on CD are those by Argerich, Arrau, Bolet, Brendel, Fleisher, Kempff, Nojima, Pollini, Richter, Serkin. Please notice that this list is in alphabetical order, implying no rank ordering. And I could have included Horowitz (not one of my favorites, but treasured by some). I'm sure I've left out some that others might have been mentioned. All of this is in service of asserting that there is a new pianist whose recording we must include in any such listing: Yundi Li.
Yundi Li is a very young Chinese pianist, native of Chongqing (Chungking), who at 19 was the youngest Warsaw Chopin Competition First Prize winner since Maurizio Pollini in 1960 and the first outright winner in fifteen years; he had won the Utrecht Liszt competition the year before. It is often said, and generally true, that Chopin players don't make good Liszt players, and vice versa. Although I haven't heard his Chopin discs (one from the Warsaw competition, and a studio recording released recently on DG), it has been remarked that Mr Li excels at both. Certainly, on the basis of this disc he excels at Liszt. For my money, the best Liszt players are often outstanding not so much at Chopin as at Beethoven, and if you look at the above list of other outstanding performers of the Sonata, you'll see that's generally true. I can hardly wait to hear Yundi Li in Beethoven. The b minor sonata is the most Beethovenian of Liszt's works, I believe, largely because the tight construction and enormous emotional range are reminiscent of the master from Bonn.
There tend to be two polar approaches to this sonata. There are the barn-burners, the players who take its considerable technical hurdles as challenges and demonstrate their disregard of these difficulties with devil-may-care performances: Argerich, Fleisher, Horowitz. And there are the bards, the poets who perceive the sonata as an autobiographical excursion, a Faustian story: Arrau, Richter, Pollini. There are some who come somewhere in between: Nojima, Serkin. Each has a point of view, each has validity. Some prefer the virtuoso approach for its own sake. I don't. Some prefer the poetic approach, but that risks self-indulgence. And some prefer the middle road, as I do. This is not to say that the middle road is bland, it is not. It partakes of both the emotionality of the one and the brilliance of the other. And it is in this group that I place Mr Li; add to this his grasp of the architecture of the sonata. If I had to choose (and this is highly arbitrary, but I'm trying to give a point of reference for those who know the other recordings) I'd say he comes closest to the approach of Arrau, but with some of the clarity and objectivity of Nojima. For me, that is a magical mix. It does not hurt that the recorded sound is extraordinarily rich, with a slight bass emphasis. Even in the recurring 'hammer blow' octaves (Liszt's own term), there is no clangor but inexorable dramatic force. In the fugue toward the end there is lightness, precision, forward drive, even impetuosity. And in the lyrical sections there is melting beauty. There is much subtle variation in tempo and dynamics which sounds spontaneous rather than calculated. Above all, there is the sense that young Mr Li is telling a very personal story that, with all its inevitability for those who know its outlines, still has the power to shock, to surprise, to move.
We must speak for a moment about the other works included here: La Campanella, 'Widmung,' Liebestraum No. 3, Tarantella, the Rigoletto Paraphrase. Those that require unmitigated virtuosity (Campanella, Tarantella, parts of Rigoletto) have it in breathtaking abundance. But it is in the lyrical pieces ('Widmung,' Liebestraum) that Li's artistry is most evident. These are individually some of the best Liszt playing I've ever heard.
I tend to be skeptical about 'hot' young pianists, but I'm sold. I've ordered his other two recordings on the basis of this disc. I can hardly wait.
Urgently recommended.
Scott Morrison
18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Liszt recording by one of our finest young pianists 19 Mar 2004
By John Kwok - Published on
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Yundi Li cements his well-earned reputation as one of the finest young pianists of our time with this breathtaking, riveting recital of some of Liszt's best known solo works for the piano. It begins with an emotionally resounding performance of the B minor sonata, that may be the best I have heard, perhaps better than those from the likes of Arrau and Brendel, to name but a few. Unlike his young compatriot Lang Lang, Li demonstrates a strong affinity and understanding for the music he performs, whether it is Chopin or Liszt. Not surprisingly this splendid CD has been acclaimed as one of the finest classical CDs of 2003. I truly looked forward to hearing more distinguished recordings from not only China's, but indeed, one of the world's finest young pianists.
21 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A pianist who always plays from his heart 26 Feb 2004
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Yundi Li's winning of the Chopin Piano Competition at Warsaw held in the year 2000 came only two weeks after his 18 th birthday, rightfully placing him the youngest ever to have won the first prize at Warsaw.
He is a pianist who is always deeply immersed in the music he is playing, as anyone who has attended his concert would agree with me from his facial expression. He is able to feel the music so well that you always find his interpretation most agreeable.
This Liszt album demonstrated Li's capability in deeply emotional playing. For Liszt's Sonata in B Minor, I have heard Zimerman , Martha Argerich, Horowitz, Claudio Arrau, Sviatoslav Richter, Leslie Howard, Artur Rubinstein, Curzon, Georges Cziffra, Maurizio Pollini, Ivo Pogorelich, Mathieu Papadiamandis, Alfred Brendel and I must say that Li¡¯s playing is most emotional. His interpretative and technical power are shown not only from the way he played each theme of this sonata, but also from the smooth transitions he executed from one theme to another. For shorter pieces in this album, Li's strong romantic impulse are most exhilarating. Again, his technique is impeccable. I must agree that this is one album difficult to surpass.
18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the greatest Liszt recitals 1 Nov 2003
By J. Chiu - Published on
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I think, with time, we will be able to recognize this recital as one of the greatest and most eloquently balanced on disc, due to the extraordinary i) musicianship and (ii) pianism of this artist. In contrast to (say) Pollini or Pogorelich, the Sonata is played as a humanistic work of art, with far greater heart than Pollini, and without the self-serving showmanship and 'watch me-ism' of Pogo. I should cite, in addition to the infallible but unshowy technique, the superb naturalness and inevitability of the tempo choices, the strong underlying pulse (never fragmenting into a sequence of mechanical effects), the singing line in the dominant melodic pattern as well as the inner voices, and the splendidly weighted chording which is not only powerful but beautifully even at pianissimo levels. While the Sonata is a masterpiece that can accept a variety of interpretations, this is truly a classic which will be difficult to surpass.
21 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Artist's Pallet 8 Oct 2003
By Rick - Published on
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Last night I received Yundi Li's recording "Liszt" in the mail. It was sent to me by a dear acquaintance of mine.

This recording opens with Piano Sonata in B Minor and it is this piece that shall remain the focus of this review. While this is not the most accessible of works, if the listener, instead of anticipating, will merely allow themselves to be transported by the music, they will find themselves on a most remarkable jouney.

One will find themselves perplexed, smiling, sighing blissfully, laughing out loud, enraged, melancholy, and empowered at differing intervals while they join Liszt and Li on this musical sojourn. An all encompassing collage of human emotion is carried within Liszt's piece and Mr. Li brings it to life with a stunning voice.
I would elaborate on the review contained within the CD, though. This piece is not just a human life. It is an extraordinary life, running the full spectrum of the human experience, carrying with it all man's pathos and all his glory. Liszt paints the canvas in brilliant colors of infinitely varying hue, applying that paint with both bold strokes and delicate grace. Thoughout it all a familiar phrase is played, varing in tempo, register, and pronouncement: passion. Passion in bliss. Passion in strength. Passion in sorrow. Passion in rage. A rich life, overflowing with passion.
Thank you, Mr. Lizst for writing this most revealing sonata. Thank you, Mr. Li, for a moving rendition. ...
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