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Young Romantic - A Portrait Of Yundi Li

Release Date: 03/30/2010 
Label:  Euroarts   Catalog #: 3079058  
Composer:  Frédéric ChopinFranz Liszt
Performer:  Yundi Li
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

This intelligently structured and beautifully photographed film follows Yundi as he prepares with Seiji Ozawa for his Berlin Philharmonic debut. The chosen vehicle is Prokofiev’s horrendously demanding Second Piano Concerto. The warm relationship and a genuine collaboration between conductor and pianist is well captured (“He wants to play it faster,” shrugs Ozawa to the orchestra with an accommodating smile. “Well, he’s young”). Interwoven with the illuminating rehearsal footage—Yundi alone, with Ozawa, and with orchestra—we join the pianist on tour in China (including a performance of the Schumann-Liszt Widmung at a rock concert) and meet his star-struck family. Finger technique, accuracy and competition success are the chief pillars of Read more the Chinese piano school. The casual acceptance of its ruthless methods, familiar from Lang Lang’s autobiography, is chilling. A Mr Wu was Yundi’s first teacher. “In the West,” says Yundi, “his teaching methods would be illegal…but I still benefitted from [him].’ Yundi’s mother boasts beamingly how she used knitting needles to hit his hands. “This would hurt him but it didn’t harm his bones or tendons. I only tried to scare him with it.” So that’s how you win the Chopin Competition these days. Cut from clips of Yundi’s 2000 triumph in Warsaw to the present day with Yundi in his top-of-the-range Merc. The bonus section features him playing the four Chopin Scherzos and Liszt’s La campanella live at the 2004 La Roque d’Anthéron Festival. You will not be disappointed.

-- Jeremy Nicholas, Gramophone [6/2010]

THE YOUNG ROMANTIC – A Portrait of Yundi
A film by Barbara Willis Sweete
Yundi, piano

Yundi Li plays at La Roque d’Anthéron, 2004
Fryderick Chopin: 4 Scherzi
Franz Liszt: Grandes Études de Paganini: La Campanella

Picture format: NTSC 16:9
Sound format: PCM Stereo / Dolby Digital 5.1
Region code: 0 (worldwide)
Subtitles: German, English, French
Running time: 88 mins (documentary) + 44 mins (bonus)
No. of DVDs: 1 (DVD 9)
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Works on This Recording

Scherzo for Piano no 1 in B minor, B 65/Op. 20 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Yundi Li (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1831-1832; Poland 
Scherzo for Piano no 2 in B flat minor/D flat major, B 111/Op. 31 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Yundi Li (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1837; Paris, France 
Scherzo for Piano no 3 in C sharp minor, B 125/Op. 39 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Yundi Li (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1839; Mallorca (Majorca),  
Scherzo for Piano no 4 in E major, B 148/Op. 54 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Yundi Li (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1842; Paris, France 
Grand Bravura Fantasia on Paganini's "La Campanella", S 420 by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Yundi Li (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1831-1832; Paris, France 

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