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Prokofiev: Piano Concerto No 2; Ravel: Piano Concerto in G Major

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Yundi Li teams up with the Berliner Philharmoniker and Seiji Ozawa for his second orchestral recording. Prokofiev's Piano Concerto No. 2 is the most brilliant and virtuosic of his concertos for both soloist and orchestra - and one of the least recorded. Yundi Li is joined by one of the world's greatest orchestras, the Berliner Philharmoniker, under Seiji Ozawa. The Ravel Piano Concerto, a perennial hit with its haunting and jazzy second movement, rounds out the programme.

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Nov. 13, the official release date of a new recording from the Berlin Philharmonic, comes right in the middle of Berlin in Lights. Did the savvy folks at Deutsche Grammophon purposefully link the recording to Carnegie Hall's festival, in which the Berlin Philharmonic plays a major part? Or is this a potentially profitable coincidence?

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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  • Performer: Yundi Li
  • Orchestra: Berlin Philharmonic
  • Conductor: Seiji Ozawa
  • Composer: Prokofiev, Ravel
  • Audio CD (November 13, 2007)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Deutsche Grammophon
  • ASIN: B000WS4O7K
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #157,425 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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This disc caught my eye, for one attractive reason, and provoked anticipatory reservations at the same time.

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.
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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.
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Having heard the performance in this year's BBC Proms by LSO (Valery Gergiev) with veteran Russian pianist Alexander Toradze at the piano, Seiji Osawa and Yundi Li's version is slightly faster, and with more light-hearted Romanticism especially at the keyboard. At times Li's touching sounded Chopin-like, unlike the terse and wild darkness of the Russian pair. Or go for an earlier 2006 Proms performance of this same piece by talented young Russians Nikolai Lugansky and Vladimir Jurowski in 2006, available on Youtube, whose profound keyboard touching and haunting style is again fully in sync with the piece. Li's pyrotechniques again proved to by astounding, with accurate wide jumps and flighty sleets of hands wherever there's demand. The movements are taken in great speed, at times too fast. This added much momentum to the musical lines, and should be able to please the ears of the most demanding connoisseur who may not be familiar with the piece. The BPO under Osawa produced explosion after explosion, again wherever demands come. The orchestral backing is never short of being superb in this recording.
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.
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