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Prokofiev: Piano Concerto No 2; Ravel: Piano Concerto in G Major
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Either way, the recording is fabulous. Yundi Li, the brilliant young Chinese pianist who is giving his famous friend Lang Lang a run for his money, performs Prokofiev's Piano Concerto No. 2 and Ravel's Piano Concerto in G, with Seiji Ozawa conducting. Though he is still maturing, Mr. Li 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 the bluesy Adagio assai and restlessly spirited in the finale.
The chemistry between Mr. Ozawa and the musicians of the Boston Symphony Orchestra went bad long before the end of his 29-year tenure as music director. But he has always worked well with the Berlin Philharmonic. He leads exciting, richly colored and organic accounts of these familiar works. They whet my appetite for the concerts of this great orchestra in New York. -- NYTimes.com Tuesday, November 6, 2007
"...Li's disc is one of his finest achievements to date... Li still manages to provide much to enjoy. The bravura elements are certainly all in place, and the recording... ensures that every nuance shines through..." -- Fanfare, 2007
PROKOFIEV: PIANO CONCERTO NO. 2; RAVEL: PIANO CONCERTO
Yundi Li, pianist; Berlin Philharmonic, conducted by Seiji Ozawa (Deutsche Grammophon).
The brilliant young Chinese pianist Yundi Li excels in Prokofiev's volatile, technically daunting Piano Concerto No. 2. He plays with expansive lyricism, surging power and, when called for, incisive attack. There is also a tart, exuberant and (in the Adagio assai) dreamy account of the Ravel concerto. Seiji Ozawa draws luminous sounds from the great Berlin Philharmonic. -- NEW YORK TIMES:ANTHONY TOMMASINI
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Having just added Yundi Li's prior concerto album to my shelves, I was happily surprised to find he had released another concerto recording, soon upon the heels of that first success. Catching sight of conductor Seiji Ozawa as leader, I paused a bit. I have never been a fan of his complete Prokofiev symphonies with the Berlin PO, and although I do like some of Ozawa's releases, I find him disappointing at times. He often seems content to skate on the beautiful surfaces of the music, resisting deeper involvements and deeper insights. His mastery sounds too slick to my ears in some past recordings, so I wasn't going to anticipate too much under him even with Yundi Li at the keyboard.
Suffice it to say that this release is worth having, but maybe not the undisputed top-notch Great Recording of the Century that the marketing departments might have been casting in their business mix.
For one thing, the Prokofiev competition is pretty strong. The second piano concerto has already been seriously well-served by Ashkenazy, Demidenko, Kun Woo Paik, Horacio Gutierrez, Toradze, Igor Ardasev, Viktor Krainev, Michel Beroff, and John Browning. On the conducting side, Ozawa has to compete with the likes of Neeme Jarvi, Previn, Masur, Antoni Wit, Lazarev, Dimitri Kitaenko, the superstar Gergiev, Erich Leinsdorf, and the brilliant but unknown Leos Svarosky.
Any of these alternative recordings will do just fine, probably. So it is high marks for Yundi Li to fit in so well with this challenging field of pre-existing musical excellence.Read more ›
Without question, this new recording from Yundi Li is an important milestone in his artistic career.Read more ›
If Santa Fe Listener has doubts about the style, I would perhaps supplement a word or two in this respect. The Prokofiev Concerto No. 2 is a piece that at times sounds eerie and frightening underneath its modern romanticism. The dark elements were effectively brought out by Gergiev and Toradze, as well as Lugansky and Jurowski in the Proms performance this August and last, who swept their audiences through a breath-takingly terse, tense and frightening reading, or a brilliantly haunting interpretation.Read more ›
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Amazing performances! The Prokofiev is my most favorite piece of music. The Ravel was new to me but is charming.Published 16 months ago by Caballero Solitario
But once you hear Prokofiev, Even Rachmaninoff and Borodin share the greatest of composers of all timem even Vach and Beethoven.Published 23 months ago by Marilyn Remmel
This concert is absolutely amazing.
No more word to discribe...Just like the STAR WAR
YUNDI Li is unbelievable.For me,that's the best one
I love it!!!!!!!!!!!Strongly recommend !!!!!!!!!YUNDI LI plays the best piano!!!!!!!! And he is sooooooo handsome(*^__^*) <the Red Piano> is also recommended, too.Published on April 5, 2013 by YUAN
so fantastic!!!! Amazing!!!! Excellent sound effect！！！I love the fantastic Steinway as well! It is really high standard and good quality music!!!!Published on April 4, 2013 by vivianhu
I enjoyed Yundi's music very much. Prokofiev No. 2 he performed was very romantic and the cooperation was perfect.
Great CD, excellent pianist!
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I expected the CD to be made in Germany with ASIN number B000WS4O7K, which is described on the website. Read morePublished on March 21, 2013 by NYC
I love this CD. The pieces is well performed by yundi. The melodies just like flowing stream. Wonderful CD, perfect performance.Published on March 18, 2013 by uu01yes