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Piano Sonata 3 / Etudes / Nocturnes

Yundi Li Audio CD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)

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listen  1. Chopin: Piano Sonata No.3 in B minor, Op.58 - 1. Allegro maestoso 9:14$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Chopin: Piano Sonata No.3 In B Minor, Op.58 - 2. Scherzo (Molto vivace) 2:57$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Chopin: Piano Sonata No.3 in B minor, Op.58 - 3. Largo 9:32$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Chopin: Piano Sonata No.3 in B minor, Op.58 - 4. Finale (Presto non tanto) 5:09$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Chopin: Andante spianato et Grande Polonaise brillante In E Flat, Op.22 - Andante spianato 4:59$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Chopin: Andante spianato et Grande Polonaise brillante in E flat, Op.22 - Grande Polonaise 9:28$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Chopin: 12 Etudes, Op.10 - No. 2. in A minor "chromatique" 1:25$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Chopin: 12 Etudes, Op.10 - No.5 In G Flat "Black Keys" 1:40$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Chopin: 12 Etudes, Op.25 - No. 11 in A minor "Winter Wind" 3:40$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen10. Chopin: Nocturne No.1 In B Flat Minor, Op.9 No.1 5:45$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen11. Chopin: Nocturne No.2 In E Flat, Op.9 No.2 4:23$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen12. Chopin: Nocturne No.5 in F sharp, Op.15 No.2 3:33$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen13. Chopin: Impromptu No.4 In C Sharp Minor, Op.66 "Fantaisie-Impromptu" 4:58$0.99  Buy MP3 

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (April 8, 2003)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Deutsche Grammophon
  • ASIN: B00005UVZB
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #168,780 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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This is not your grandfather's Chopin playing! Chinese pianist Yundi Li won the 2000 Warsaw International Chopin Competition at the age of 18. His debut album comes with a small portfolio of hi-tech androgynous fashion photos of the pianist. Li's playing is hi-tech, too. He handles the most difficult music in this recital (like the finale of the Third Sonata and the Grande Polonaise) with disarming ease, tossing off complex passagework with apparent ease. Interpretively, Li is definitely a modern Chopinist, de-emphasizing the poetic aspects of the music in favor of momentum and structure--although his tone is always pleasing, never edgy. Listeners used to the more traditional Chopin styles of Rubinstein and Cortot may find this disconcerting. For those accustomed to Argerich or Pollini in Chopin, Li merely takes their styles a step further. Even if we wind up retreating eventually to the Rubinstein tradition, Li offers a perspective that many will find bracing, and he is extremely well presented by DG's realistic recording. --Leslie Gerber

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31 of 34 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Nuanced, emotional, technically flawless May 22, 2004
Format:Audio CD
I also urge you to ignore the negative comments. One reviewer claimed this CD lacked rubato and Li's approach was more suitable to Bach than Chopin. Perhaps they've gotten a different disc than the one I have, as rubato is evident all over these performances. Check out his Nocturnes, and tell me that's played in straight time. Not even close.
What Yundi Lin does so well is manage to play Chopin with a keen sense of the Romantic idiom, without overstating it. Romantic-era music is so easily subject to over-interpretation, exaggerated rubatos and dynamic changes. It's much too easy to "ham up" and often is in danger of becoming a cariacature of itself. (I find performances by many Russian players to fall into this category.)
Despite his perfect technique, Lin's performaces are hardly academic. I marvel at the lightness and quickness of his fingers on Chopin's Etude 10 No 2 in A-Minor. His performance of this difficult piece sounds completely effortless and tastefully nuanced. His phrasing is spot-on, his dynamic changes smooth. It's a very warm performance of a piece that can be a cold display of finger and wrist dexterity.
Yundi Lin deserves all the accolades he's getting. He is the perfect combination of artistry and technique, and I doubt there is currently any better performer of Chopin. Buy this disc.
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54 of 63 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Chopin playing of the highest order December 2, 2003
Format:Audio CD
I was attracted to this CD when I read that the artist was the 2000 Warsaw Chopin competition winner. I have some recordings of some of the performances at the Chopin competition, and I simply wanted to add this recent winner to my collection.
I wasn't expecting very much. My other recordings of Chopin competition winners include an early recording by Argerich shortly after her victory and recordings of Garrick Ohlsson and Krystian Zimerman during the competition. In all cases, these artists have improved considerably as they have matured. They were young when they competed and had much room for growing and maturing.
Yundi Li's debut recording is entirely remarkable by comparison. As soon as he begins the B minor Sonata, one can tell one is in the presence of a refined, mature artist. And he is only 19! After having listened to an absolutely enthralling, fully idiomatic, delicately lyrical performance of the B minor Sonata, I went on to read that he is the youngest person ever to have been awarded the first prize in the Chopin competition. Moreover, they had not given a first prize in the 15 years of competitions prior to year 2000. No less a luminary than Krystian Zimerman turned down a request to teach Mr. Li acknowledging that "I have nothing to teach him."
Highlights of the disc include the B minor Sonata, the Andante Spianato and Grande Polonaise and the Fantasie Impromptu. The etudes are played with complete technical mastery. The Op. 9 Nocturnes are beautiful and refined. His use of rubato is always tasteful. He never loses the lyrical line even in the most technically demanding passages.
I once believed that one had to be ancestrally or geographically connected to Poland in order to play with such sensitivity to the idiom.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Modern Chopin From Yundi Li July 25, 2003
Format:Audio CD
This is an absolutely brilliant, extremely well recorded recital of Chopin which should interest those who favor Argerich's and Pollini's technically brilliant styles of performance. Yundi Li takes their approach a step further, without forsaking ample lyricism in his playing. This is especially true of his exquisite performances of both the Sonata in B minor and the Grande Polonaise. But his techique is just as flawless in his playing of smaller works such as the etudes. And his playing of the "Fantasie" Impromptu is one of the most lyrical I have heard; emotionally thrilling and technically flawless. This is a splendid recording debut for Yundi Li, demonstrating both strong technical skills and lyrical playing destined to earn him recognition as one of the 21st Century's best pianists. Is he better than his compatriot Lang Lang, or Martha Argerich or Maurizio Pollini? Obviously the answer is no, or at best, incomplete, but I eagerly await hearing future recordings made by him. Recorded at Teldec's Berlin studio, this CD is among the best recent solo piano recordings from Deutsche Grammophon that I've heard.
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A wholly satisfying Chopin recital October 16, 2003
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The musical world now has a successor to the young Krystian Zimerman and Evgeny Kissin in the Chopin piano literature. The youthful Yundi Li has all the charactertistics of a superb Chopin interpreter, including virtuosity to burn and a mature poetic and emotional empathy for this music, phenomenal for one so young.
This is straightforward, idiomatic Chopin, free of mannerisms and distortions of dynamics and tempi. The piantist gets right to essence of this music, the virtuosic aspects never on display as an end in themselves but always serving to emphasize the emotional sweep of the more passionate pieces, such as the final movement of the 3rd sonata and the Grand Polonaise.
Li has a wonderfully lyric Chopin style, very cantabile, the right hand displaying magnificently rippling, singing, lines. The notes are struck with a wonderful articulation which enables the piantist to develope marvelous inner voices not heard in other interpretations.
Already one of the finest interpreters of Chopin now before the public, Li, if he continues his artistic development in the same manner, will become THE foremost Chopin exponent in another 10 to 15 years.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 1 month ago by Yangan Yang
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Published 2 months ago by Shoahua Tang
5.0 out of 5 stars Strongly recommend
My favorite Nocturnes are here, although before him there are numerous masters. Yundi's play is poetic and magic, I think.
Published 9 months ago by Kai Gao
5.0 out of 5 stars Anchors Away!
Firstly, I'm not sure if my browser's glitching out big-time or if Amazon's managed to duck something up. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Yu-Ten Lee
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent interpretations typical of Yundi Li
I have owned this CD for many years but I never thought about writing a review of it until now. I am not left with much to add to the description of the qualities that distinguish... Read more
Published on July 1, 2012 by E. Bordon
5.0 out of 5 stars Judge for yourself!
I would also urge you to take with a grain of salt the pontifications of a small cliche of self-styled high priests who dismiss this release. Read more
Published on March 21, 2011 by Jay
5.0 out of 5 stars CD Music
Excellent recording. Intense pianist. Highly recommended if you are looking for a great pianist. Buy this one if you are looking for a passionate interpretation of Chopin's music.
Published on December 18, 2009 by George R.
2.0 out of 5 stars Digital Dead End--Let's Start All Over Again!
Instead of spending unnecessary time and digital ink acknowledging the ridiculously inflated review stars being used on amazon. Read more
Published on August 27, 2008 by C. Pontus T.
4.0 out of 5 stars Li's modern approach to Chopin's interpretation
There are good and bad things about Yundi like other pianists. First time I heard and saw the video of his interpretation of Chopin's Scherzo in b flat minor (not on this cd) I... Read more
Published on November 21, 2007 by FCE
5.0 out of 5 stars Great expressive power
There is a certain unruffled calmness at the center of Yundi's playing that I find remarkably attractive and enticing musically. Read more
Published on June 9, 2007 by Larkinfield
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