Notes and Editorial Reviews
Zhenni Li’s riveting personality and passionate performances have brought audiences to their feet around the world. She has been hailed as a "magnetic pianist--with fire and poetry" by music critic David Dubal and for her "big, gorgeous tone and a mesmerizing touch" by The Philadelphia Inquirer. Ms. Li has performed throughout North America, Europe and Asia in such notable venues as Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Merkin Concert Hall and WQXR’s Greene Space in New York, the Kimmel Performing Arts Center in Philadelphia, the California Theater in San Jose, the Grieghallen in Norway and the National Concert Hall in Tianjin, China. ‘Melancholie’ is her recording debut, and features works
by Schumann, Lourie, and Bartok. “Zhenni Li found the quirky harmonic sensibility and strange beauty of Schumann with natural ease, with especially incisive drawing out of inner voices.” (Broad Street Review)
Her extravagant and pervasive rubato in the Schumann, which occasionally risks derailing everything she sets in motion, strikes nonetheless as so heartfelt and intrinsic to her emotional response to the music as to be indisputable. There are moments when you wish for more than just a few consecutive measures of steady pulse, but then Li’s torrents of voluptuous sound sweep away any reservation. Arthur Lourié’s 1910 Preludes strike just the right note of elusive piquancy.
Li impresses as an artist of tremendous conviction, who fascinates even as she provokes.
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