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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Yundi Li Demonstrates His Familiarity with Prokofiev and Ravel in This Fine New Recording, 14 Aug 2008
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John Kwok (New York, NY USA) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Prokofiev: Piano Concerto No. 2 in G minor, Op.16, Ravel: Piano Concerto in G major (Audio CD)
Fans of Chinese pianist Yundi Li - of which I am one - ought to rejoice after hearing his newest Deutsche Grammophon recording, which has him tackle Prokofiev's fiendishly difficult 2nd Piano Concerto with Ravel's jazzy Piano Concerto in G major alongside conductor Seiji Ozawa and the Berliner Philiharmoniker. A recipe for artistic disaster you might ask? Perhaps if Li was less than the truly capable artist that he has demonstrated already in his critically acclaimed Deutsche Grammophon recordings, especially of Chopin and Liszt. If nothing else, Li demonstrates that he has much technical as well as artistic sensibility in both pieces, especially the Prokofiev, since it demands a lot from the soloist in its difficult cadenzas in the first and fourth movements. Indeed, in the liner notes, Li observes how much is required of him in playing these cadenzas, noting especially that "the whole fourth movement is impassioned and aggressive and is incredibly difficult with its wide leaps" (The concerto is organized as follows: Andantino - Scherzo (Vivace) - Intermezzo (Allegro moderato) - Finale (Allegro tempestoso).). Artistically, Li finds himself in more familiar terrain in his exquisitely tranquil interpretation of the Ravel Piano Concerto in G major, allowing his Romantic sensibilities to emerge in his performance of the second movement (This concerto is organized as follows: Allegramente - Adagio assai - Presto.). In the liner notes Li praises conductor Ozawa for acting as a most thoughtful, sympathetic mentor and acknowledges the Berliner Philharmoniker as the world's finest symphony orchestra (Of course the orchestra under Ozawa's direction performs impeccably in both pieces.).

Without question, this new recording from Yundi Li is an important milestone in his artistic career. It demonstrates that he is indeed a serious artist, whose repertoire is not only firmly entrenched in the Romantic tradition emphasized by Chopin's and Liszt's works for the piano. On a more personal note, I had the pleasure of meeting him after his Carnegie Hall solo recital debut. He struck me as a most gracious, and quite humble, person; admirable traits that I have since heard in radio interviews and read in print as well. Admittedly, this may be another reason why I have a lot more respect for him artistically, than I have for another well-regarded young Chinese pianist, who will remain nameless. Fans of Yundi Li's artistry and those seeking fine recordings of the Prokofiev and Ravel piano concertos shouldn't hesitate in buying this superb Deutsche Grammophon CD.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Eye Opener, 13 Jan 2012
This review is from: Prokofiev: Piano Concerto No. 2 in G minor, Op.16, Ravel: Piano Concerto in G major (Audio CD)
For the first time I found Prokofiev's 2nd Concerto to be as enjoyable as his better known 1st & 3rd. This is an exciting and poetic 'live' performance in which everyone sounds committed. Yundi brings out melody and humour that I have not heard before in the 2 recordings I have(Cherkassky & Kun-Woo Paik). Of the three Yundi is first choice: blessed with superior recorded sound, the wonderful Berlin Phil, his own superb playing, and a live audience that behaves. The studio Ravel gives much pleasure. Great! Antony.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Comments, 17 April 2013
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This review is from: Prokofiev: Piano Concerto No. 2 in G minor, Op.16, Ravel: Piano Concerto in G major (Audio CD)
I was interested on this CD after I watched the movie "The Young Romantic". I am very satisfied with the CD. It is not the traditional classic music as I used to learn in the school. You can feel the passion of Yundi when you enjoy the CD. I recommended it.
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a master piece of Yundi, 25 May 2013
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This review is from: Prokofiev: Piano Concerto No. 2 in G minor, Op.16, Ravel: Piano Concerto in G major (Audio CD)
I love this opus very much. I hope Yundi will bring some more concerto opus with other philharmonic society soon.
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Poetic passion!, 17 May 2013
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This review is from: Prokofiev: Piano Concerto No. 2 in G minor, Op.16, Ravel: Piano Concerto in G major (Audio CD)
Prokofiev: Piano Concerto No. 2 in G minor, Op.16, Ravel: Piano Concerto in G major
Yundi presents a new appearance.The album is worth purchasing and listening.
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1 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars pretty good, 14 Mar 2013
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This review is from: Prokofiev: Piano Concerto No. 2 in G minor, Op.16, Ravel: Piano Concerto in G major (Audio CD)
In face, I am not a person who really understand music. I just enjoy listening classic music when I drive.I think his music album is pretty good and deserve to collect.
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1 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic, 11 Mar 2013
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This review is from: Prokofiev: Piano Concerto No. 2 in G minor, Op.16, Ravel: Piano Concerto in G major (Audio CD)
I really enjoy Yundi's music and would like to recommand this CD to everyone who loves classic music. This is Yundi's first cooperation with Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra and they brought us a wonderful performance. This was the last CD recorded before he left DG in 2008, and now he is back. I'm looking forwards to his new performance in the future!
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