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Yundi Li: In Concert [DVD] [2005]

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  • Format: Classical, Closed-captioned, Colour, Dolby, DVD-Video, PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Unknown
  • Dubbed: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: Deutsche Grammophon
  • DVD Release Date: 17 Oct 2005
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • ASIN: B000B8ISOQ
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 110,839 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


NOTICE: Polish Release, cover may contain Polish text/markings. The disk DOES NOT have English audio and subtitles.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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This disc, recorded in concert at Baden-Baden in 2004, highlights how much Yundi Li is an inspirational artist who will deliver different performances of equal quality under, and as a result of different circumstances. This remark can be made on the basis that the Chopin Scherzi and La Campanella study are also the content of another recording made, also in 2004, but at Le Roque D'Antheron. In both cases the Chopin pieces are equally stunning but the interpretations offered here are up-scaled to match the markedly larger venue which would need far greater power to fill adequately.

The first scherzo is played with a controlled wild abandon that fully matches its temperament. The chances of hearing another performance that so clearly risks all for the inspiration of the moment must be vanishingly small. The same can be said for the other three scherzi with the heroism of the second balanced by the more brooding character of the third and the lively, and slightly lighter fourth. All of these descriptions are subjective of course and others will find other ways of describing them in such a small space as this. Whatever the offered descriptions are the fact remains that these are extraordinary and thrilling achievements.

The same can also be said of the mighty and difficult to control Liszt sonata. Yundi Li plays with amazing virtuosity combined with breath-taking sensitivity. Far from appearing to fragment under its length and varying mood swings, the sonata seems to grow in stature as it progresses and time stands still. Not surprisingly, by now the audience is ecstatic in its response to what has built to an unforgettable event.

Three encores follow starting with a short and glittering piece by Yu Shi Wang and then it's back to Chopin for the Nocturne in Eb.
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39 of 39 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Splendid DVD Shows Why Li Is Among Our Best Young Pianists 4 May 2006
By John Kwok - Published on
Deutsche Grammophon has to be commended for producing a superb documentary video which is an ample, excellent demonstration of young Chinese pianist Yundi Li's brilliant, technically refined and yet, quite expressive, playing. His performance of the Liszt Sonata in B Minor on this DVD may be better than the performance recorded on his critically acclaimed Liszt CD issued a few years ago. Without question, his thoughtful, expressive interpretation of this work demonstrates that although he is still quite young, he is nonetheless a very mature artist, whose skills will undoubtedly improve as he grows older; it is an interpretation that compares favorably to any I have heard or seen live from the likes of Brendel or Pletnev, for example. The other pieces on this DVD are also played with ample technical skill, with the right balance of expressive playing thrown in, most notably the Chopin Scherzi. When I heard Yundi Li for the first time perform live at Carnegie Hall last month, I was most impressed by the beautifully warm tones and reluctance to use the pedals; these I believe are exemplary aspects of his playing, which not only demonstrate his maturity, but why I believe he is among the best young pianists of his generation.
31 of 35 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A highly talented pianist who will continue to develop and impress! 30 Nov 2005
By Dr. Ervin Nieves - Published on
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Of the two extant DVDs that feature Yundi Li, this one is the best. Li's playing of the four Chopin Scherzi was enjoyable. He really impressed me as a young up and coming pianist. One can see that Li has grown incredibly as a pianist in only four years if one compares Li's playing on this DVD to his already noteworthy playing at the 14th International Chopin Competition when Li was only 18. I look forward to seeing Li, and a number of other talented young pianists (e.g. Arcadi Volodos, who is perhaps the most extraordinary new pianist out there today) develop their talents and continue to please. The extras on this DVD were fun. There are video promotions similar to MTV videos featuring Yundi Li as a heart throb. More importantly, the DVD comes with a bonus of Li playing a movement of the Chopin Concerto No. 1 in Warsaw at the International Competition -- a real bonus!
31 of 35 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Liszt, Chopin's humour revealed 7 Nov 2005
By Antonia Brentano - Published on
This is a great DVD. I was somewhat skeptical because of the way Yundi Li is presented like a kind of pop-star by DG, however just forget all that and listen/watch this DVD, let the music speak!

Li's interpretation of the Scherzi is fantastic. It's the first time I hear the "Chopin-humour" in these pieces! He also gives the right importance to the left-hand. And let's be honest: isn't it just a miracle someone can play like this? He definitely shows he won the Chopin competition deservedly!.

And the then Liszt sonata! It's one of the best recordings I've ever heard. Fantastic virtuosity, passion, drive (hear the allegro energico!) and vision.

A DVD production like this will not be to everyone's liking: at some points e.g. I would like to see just the hands. (However, a whole DVD with just the hands...?)

Don't hesitate, buy this DVD! It's great.
12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent pianist, miserable photography 22 Sep 2006
By S. Fam - Published on
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This is a great DVD, with great sound, and an impressive performance. Yundi Li's technique is seemingly effortless, and his mastery of the piano are outstanding, especially at his age at the performance. There are very few mistakes (adjacent notes touched) that would be noticed only by a listener who has memorized the works performed. His tempi are reasonable, although occasionally hurried, but not so out-of-control as with Martha Argerich, and not slumped as Claudio Arrau's. His overall performance is awsome.

On the other hand, the photography is totally inappropriate. Watching a classical performance is not the same as watching drama, and the competent photographer usually knows when to focus on the face or the hands. This is terribly missed in this production, and you find yourself almost begging the photographer (so to speak) to show the hands in critical passages. I see that a previous reviewer also mentioned that point. I normally don't look much at credits, but here, I have to mention that the photographers - Walter Hasenfratz, Michael Horcher, Gary Kaul, Christian-Michael Oertel, and Karl-Heinz Zeagler - did an extremely poor job. I gave only four stars for that reason.
23 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Really impressed by Yundi Li 30 Nov 2005
By wham - Published on
I really enjoy all the pieces played in this DVD. You are impressed not only by his virtuosity when he ran his hands up and down the keyboard with breathtaking speed, but also his ability to bring out fully the emotional part of the monumental piece Sonata in B Minor by Liszt for which he received Best CD prize from New York Times in 2002. In fact, the sonata played in this DVD is even better and even more emotional than the one recorded in the studio. His Chopin Scherzi was also highly acclaimed and rave reviews were given. I particularly enjoy the encore piece 'Rigoletto' when he played it with strong romantic impulse. Another encore piece Chopin Nocturne is the one I listened over and over again with eyes closed to catch all the magical moments.

Although Yundi is already playing like a maestro with great interpretative ability and artistry, at only 23 years of age, he is expected to develop further.
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