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Liszt / Yundi Li


Release Date: 08/12/2003 
Label:  Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog #: 000085102   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Franz Liszt
Performer:  Yundi Li
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 0 Hours 59 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Yundi Li realizes Liszt’s rhetoric with such superbly controlled volatility, such renewing poetry that one is held spellbound throughout this astounding recital.

Twenty-one-year-old Yundi Li is that rarity among prizewinners—a complete artist with nothing to prove and everything to tell. And telling it is! Let it be said at once that this young man has not a trace of technique. His command of the keyboard is so preternaturally embracing—including, when he wishes, a veritable peacock’s tail of piquant color—that one experiences his playing as an extension of his imagination. And his imagination is that of a supremely gifted actor, realizing Liszt’s rhetoric with such fluent transports, such superbly controlled
Read more volatility, such renewing poetry that one is held spellbound from first note to last throughout this astounding recital. In passage after passage through the sonata, for instance, one awaits the crashing octave salvos, the buzz-saw passage work, the Faith and Love themes strutted like the proverbial whore in church, the archly demonic fugue, etc., only to hear instead effortless power hand-in-hand with beguiling gossamer, melody rife—again—with enchantment, and a narrative arch arcing in candid whelming grandeur. La campanella is exquisitely shaped, returning one to the exhilaration of its first idea. The Schumann transcription affords a welling access of pure sentiment, miraculously managed with absolute clarity. “The” Liebestraum is rendered with a plummy gorgeousness that almost leaves its banality behind. The Tarantella is less a Liszt piece than the essence of the tarantella, a Platonic fountainhead of the tarantella, warmed by Italian sun, inspirited by Italian melody. And, to cap it all, the Rigoletto Paraphrase seems a living copy of Busoni’s piano roll—not an imitation but a realization of glowing, dreamlike vivacity. Sound is captured at the optimum point as it flares, detail-rippled, into spaciousness. Raving? I am—as you will be when you hear this.

-- Adrian Corleonis, FANFARE [1/2004] Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Sonata for Piano in B minor, S 178 by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Yundi Li (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1852-1853; Weimar, Germany 
Date of Recording: 10/2002 
Venue:  Teldex Studio, Berlin, Germany 
Length: 29 Minutes 57 Secs. 
2.
Transcendental Etudes (6) after Paganini, S 140: no 3 "La Campanella" by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Yundi Li (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1838; Switzerland 
Date of Recording: 10/2002 
Venue:  Teldex Studio, Berlin, Germany 
Length: 4 Minutes 42 Secs. 
3.
Widmung (Schumann) for Piano, S 566 by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Yundi Li (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1848; Weimar, Germany 
Date of Recording: 10/2002 
Venue:  Teldex Studio, Berlin, Germany 
Length: 3 Minutes 38 Secs. 
4.
Liebesträume for Piano, S 541: no 3, O Lieb, so lang by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Yundi Li (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: circa 1850; Weimar, Germany 
Date of Recording: 10/2002 
Venue:  Teldex Studio, Berlin, Germany 
Length: 4 Minutes 37 Secs. 
5.
Venezia e Napoli, S 162: no 3, Tarantella by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Yundi Li (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1859; Weimar, Germany 
Date of Recording: 10/2002 
Venue:  Teldex Studio, Berlin, Germany 
Length: 9 Minutes 7 Secs. 
6.
Paraphrase on Quartet from Verdi's "Rigoletto", S 434 by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Yundi Li (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1859; Weimar, Germany 
Date of Recording: 10/2002 
Venue:  Teldex Studio, Berlin, Germany 
Length: 6 Minutes 28 Secs. 

Sound Samples

Piano Sonata in B minor, S.178: Lento assai - Allegro energico
Piano Sonata in B minor, S.178: Grandioso - Recitativo -
Piano Sonata in B minor, S.178: Andante sostenuto -
Piano Sonata in B minor, S.178: Allegro energico - Andante sostenuto - Lento assai
Grandes Etudes de Paganini, S141: No.3 In G Sharp Minor ("La Campanella")
Widmung, S.566 after Schumann
Liebestraum No.3 In A Flat, S.541 No.3
Venezia e Napoli, S.162 (rev. version 1859) supplement to Années de Pelerinage, 2ème année: Italie (S.161): 3. Tarantella
Concert Paraphrase on Rigoletto, S.434 after Verdi's opera

Customer Reviews

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 Music and more March 13, 2013 By Susannah D. (Riverdale, NY) See All My Reviews "This CD of Yundi Li playing Liszt is excellent, as was the customer service supplied by ArkivMusic. There was a problem with the original shipment to me that was not Arkiv's fault, yet they remedied the problem promptly and with courtesy. I am very happy with this purchase!" Report Abuse
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