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Laureate Series, Piano - Yun-yi Qin

Release Date: 06/30/2009 
Label:  Naxos   Catalog #: 8572341   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  TraditionalWolfgang Amadeus MozartAlexander ScriabinIgnaz Friedman,   ... 
Performer:  Yun-Yi Qin
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 16 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

A youthful marker of talent.

This release forms part of Naxos’s ‘Laureate Series’, one that is devoted to recent prize-winning young soloists. Yun-yi Qin won the Jaén Prize International Piano Competition in 2008. This long established competition, dating back to 1953 is given an extensive write-up in the booklet. The winner was born in China in 1992 and has won a number of competitions. She is now studying with Beihua Tang.

This is a calling card for her, taking in interesting repertoire that doesn’t shy away from Haydn or Schubert, despite her youth. She was sixteen when she set down these performances after her competition win, in the town of her triumph.

Liu Yang River
Read more was composed in 1949 by Tang Biguang but arranged for piano in 1972 by Wang Jian-zhong. It has a lazy, easy-going charm, very pretty, very much saturated in Chinese ethos. She moves onto the Mozart Duport variations which she plays crisply enough. The challenges of the Schubert are met with youthful confidence. She certainly doesn’t linger, and she’s not inclined to luxuriate in the slow movement. In the Scherzo too she’s punchy and rolls into the finale. She doesn’t yet play softly enough. Maybe this is unfamiliarity with the recording studio or maybe she was simply projecting too optimistically.

The Haydn sonata is light on repeats and the performance only lasts thirteen minutes. It’s not difficult however to get a balanced view of her approach to the work from this; her playing is rhythmically alert and she seems attuned to the classicist credentials of the music. It is however rather direct and as yet un-nuanced playing.

Her Granados is radiates youthful fire, but is tonally rather hard and unyielding. She lacks - of course she does, but it needs stating - de Larrocha’s lightness, wit and subtle rubato usage. The young player is too metrical and one-faced here. She could also phrase more affectionately in the Scriabin though once again she can’t be accused of malingering at the chosen tempo. She has a way to go yet to match the ineffable Friedman, whose own recording of his Music Box is so supple, colouristic and infused with a sense of projection. Her Liszt has nice sweep but lacks the pulsing drama and muscularity of an Ovchinnikov.

Nevertheless one of the prizes of a competition win can be, as here, a recital disc early in one’s performing life, and a youthful marker of talent.

-- Jonathan Woolf, MusicWeb International
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Works on This Recording

Liu Yang River by Traditional
Performer:  Yun-Yi Qin (Piano)
Written: China 
Length: 3 Minutes 18 Secs. 
Notes: Arranger: Tang Biguang. 
Variations (9) for Piano in D major on a Minuet by Duport, K 573 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Yun-Yi Qin (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1789; Potsdam, Germany 
Length: 8 Minutes 50 Secs. 
Waltz for Piano in A flat major, Op. 38 by Alexander Scriabin
Performer:  Yun-Yi Qin (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1903; Russia 
Length: 5 Minutes 13 Secs. 
Music Box, Op. 33 no 3 by Ignaz Friedman
Performer:  Yun-Yi Qin (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Poland 
Length: 3 Minutes 3 Secs. 
Jaén 2008 by Claudio Prieto
Performer:  Yun-Yi Qin (Piano)
Length: 8 Minutes 28 Secs. 
Sonata for Piano in A minor, D 845/Op. 42 by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Yun-Yi Qin (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1825; Vienna, Austria 
Length: 23 Minutes 28 Secs. 
Sonata for Keyboard no 33 in C minor, H 16 no 20 by Franz Joseph Haydn
Performer:  Yun-Yi Qin (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1771; Eszterhazá, Hungary 
Length: 13 Minutes 20 Secs. 
Goyescas for Piano, Op. 11: Book 2 - no 7, El pelele by Enrique Granados
Performer:  Yun-Yi Qin (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1911; Spain 
Length: 4 Minutes 39 Secs. 
Transcendental Etudes (12) for Piano, S 139: no 10 in F minor by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Yun-Yi Qin (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1851; Weimar, Germany 
Length: 4 Minutes 55 Secs. 

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