Thursday, 4 April 2013

Playing of passion and nervous energy from Yundi in a new release of Beethoven Sonatas from Deutsche Grammophon

There is no shortage of recordings of Beethoven’s Piano Sonatas. The competition from older artists such as Schnabel, Kempff and Brendel, not to mention more recent artists, is immense.

As the era of the compact disc became established there were suggestions that making more recordings of the great classics was pointless, after all collectors could buy a CD that would last for ever so why buy new recordings. Thankfully, the record companies have continued to record the classical repertoire and we now have the interpretations of younger artists preserved in many fine recordings.

The latest of the younger generation to record Beethoven is Yundi Li  who, on his latest release from Deutsche Grammophon, plays Piano Sonata No.8 in C minor Op.13 ‘Pathetique’, Piano Sonata No.14 in C sharp minor Op.27, No.2 ‘Moonlight’  and Piano Sonata No.23 in F minor Op. 57 ‘Appassionata’.

476 5049

First prize winner at the International Frédéric Chopin Piano Competition, in 2000, at the age of 18, Yundi became the youngest winner in the history of the competition. He began studying piano at the age of seven and, for nine years, studied with one of China's most renowned piano teachers Dan Zhaoyi. In 1994, he entered the Shenzhen Arts School, Shenzhen, China and, later, studied at the Hochschule für Musik, Theater und Medien Hannover, in Germany

Yundi has since performed around the world at such venues at Carnegie Hall, New York, the Royal Festival Hall, London, Musikverein, Vienna, Alte Opera, Frankfurt, Herkulessaal, Munich, Konzerthaus, Berlin, Gewandhaus, Leipzig, Salle Pleyel, Paris, Mariinsky Concert Hall, St. Petersburg, the National Centre for Performing Arts, Beijing, Seoul Arts Centre and Suntory Hall, Tokyo. His performances of Chopin resulted in his being presented with a Gold Medal for Merit to Culture ‘Gloria Artis’ by the Government of Poland in 2010.

Yundi has given master-classes at the Royal College of Music, London, Cambridge University and Qinghua University in Beijing. In 2012, he was appointed Associate Dean and Professor of the Piano Faculty at the Sichuan Conservatory of Music . He is an ambassador of the Red Cross Society of China

Yundi first signed to Deutsche Grammophon in 2002, releasing a number of internationally acclaimed recordings on the label. In 2007, he became the first Chinese pianist to record live alongside the Berliner Philharmoniker and Seiji Ozawa with performances of piano concertos by Ravel and Prokofiev, a disc that was met with enthusiastic reviews and named ‘Editor’s Choice’ by Gramophone magazine.

Written by the 27 year old composer in 1798, the Piano Sonata No.8 in C minor Op.13 ‘Pathetique’ was named Grande sonate pathétique by Beethoven's publisher. The sonata opens with a nicely paced grave, paving the way for the allegro molto e con brio where Yundi surges ahead, showing his formidable technique, full of fire and wonderful control of dynamics and tempo. The adagio cantabile receives a beautifully tranquil, thoughtful performance and Yundi provides a beautifully attractive allegro rondo where his lovely passagework is smooth, silken and flowing, lifting the final movement of this work.

Completed in 1801 the Piano Sonata No.14 in C sharp minor op.27 No.2 ‘Moonlight’ is headed Sonata quasi una fantasia. It was not until the German music critic and poet Ludwig Rellstab (1799-1860) remarked that the first movement was like ‘the effect of moonlight shining upon Lake Lucerne’ that the title stuck. Yundi brings some entrancing playing to the Adagio sostenuto of this sonata. There is some lovely phrasing and texture in the central climax and, as the movement draws to a close, playing of sensitivity and control. The little allegretto is nicely pointed with a lovely swagger but in the Presto agitato – adagio – presto agitato, Yundi really lets rip in playing of formidable brilliance and flair, so that when the central adagio arrives it seems merely a tense, quiet pause, full of expectation. There is phenomenal playing here, with the music buzzing with fire and tension.

With Beethoven’s Piano Sonata No.23 in F minor Op.57 ‘Appassionata’ the name only appeared posthumously, in 1838, when a four hand arrangement of the work was made. With this sonata Yundi seems even more at home, with playing that brings out so much texture, feeling and tension. The opening Allegro assai has a spontaneous feel before the allegro proper begins. There is always a feeling in Yundi’s playing of re-creating this wonderful work with absolutely nothing routine. Yundi has full control of his passionate playing, thereby revealing detail that could easily be lost. There is a lovely rhythmic bounce to much of his playing and such spontaneity as well, with a terrific coda, thunderous, but leading beautifully to the quiet ending.

In the chorale like andante con moto, there is a soft, controlled feel, as though holding in so much passion and nervous energy that is about to burst, with Yundi’s rhythmic bass line providing the forward movement. In the allegro ma non troppo-Presto all the nervous energy bursts out, driving ahead at a terrific pace with some with tremendous playing and spectacularly virtuoso coda. This is very fine Beethoven playing.

Although Yundi has great power and passion in the faster sections of these works that is not to say that his slower, quieter playing is any less compelling. He seems to be able to hold back, bringing a stillness and inner tension to these moments. The recording from the Teldex Studio, Berlin is excellent.


  1. this recording is almost completely satisfying -- my only objection is in the more than typically audible sounds of pedaling. yundi does not disappoint and shows himself worthy of his place in the pantheon of present day pianists with his conveyance of the virtuosic aspects of the music, which, here, are more than plainly delivered. But more importantly, the un-intangible quality of greatness pervades this recording. here is an artist we should treasure.

    1. The Classical Reviewer: Playing Of Passion And Nervous Energy From Yundi In A New Release Of Beethoven Sonatas From Deutsche Grammophon >>>>> Download Now

      >>>>> Download Full

      The Classical Reviewer: Playing Of Passion And Nervous Energy From Yundi In A New Release Of Beethoven Sonatas From Deutsche Grammophon >>>>> Download LINK

      >>>>> Download Now

      The Classical Reviewer: Playing Of Passion And Nervous Energy From Yundi In A New Release Of Beethoven Sonatas From Deutsche Grammophon >>>>> Download Full

      >>>>> Download LINK HD

  2. A real Azian musician. Not a Lang Lang. How this man, without any major competitions under his belt could simply get on DG, and influence the whole industry. But not by making music, but just playing notes. DG has gone the wrong way with taking in whoever has some charisma...


    Website paling ternama dan paling terpercaya di Asia ^^
    Sistem pelayanan 24 Jam Non-Stop bersama dengan CS Berpengalaman respon tercepat :)
    Memiliki 9 Jenis game yang sangat digemari oleh seluruh peminat poker / domino

    - Adu Q
    - Bandar Q
    - Bandar Sakong
    - Bandar Poker
    - Poker
    - Domino 99
    - Capsa Susun
    - Bandar66 / Adu Balak
    - Perang Baccarat ( GAME TERBARU )

    Permainan Judi online yang menggunakan uang asli dan mendapatkan uang asli ^^
    * Minimal Deposit : 20.000
    * Minimal Withdraw : 20.000
    * Deposit dan Withdraw 24 jam Non stop ( Kecuali Bank offline / gangguan )
    * Bonus REFFERAL 15 % Seumur hidup tanpa syarat
    * Bonus ROLLINGAN 0.3 % Dibagikan 5 hari 1 kali
    * Proses Deposit & Withdraw PALING CEPAT
    * Sistem keamanan Terbaru & Terjamin
    * Poker Online Terpercaya
    * Live chat yang Responsive
    * Support lebih banyak bank LOKAL Yaitu : Bca, Bri, Bni, Mandiri, Danamon, Cimb niaga , Permata Bank dan Ocbc Nisp
    * Tersedia deposit via pulsa telkomsel dan XL serta OVO juga

    Contact Us

    Website SahabatQQ
    WA1 : +855972076840
    WA2 : +855887159498
    FACEBOOK : SahabatQQ Reborn
    TWITTER : SahabatQQ Official
    YM :
    Kami Siap Melayani anda 24 jam Nonstop

    Agen Domino99
    Dewa Nafsu
    Artikel Poker
    #sahabatQQ #winsahabatQQ #winsahabat #kartusahabat #windaftar

  4. ituQQ merupakan salah satu web judi online Domino99 CAPSA SUSUN dan POKER yang patut menjadi pilihan anda sebagai tempat bermain judi online. Berikut adalah alasan kenapa anda harus memilih ituQQ :

    Tersedia 9 GAMES Dalam 1 website
    - Domino99
    - BandarQ
    - Poker
    - AduQ
    - Capsa Susun
    - Bandar Poker
    - Sakong Online
    - Bandar66
    - Perang Baccarat


    Tersedia BONUS RAKEBACK 0,5% setiap minggunya Dan Bonus REFERRAL 20%
    memberikan Komisi Referral SEUMUR HIDUP! bagi anda yang mengajak teman anda bermain di tempat kami
    Proses Depo dan WD Lebih cepat dari agen lain karena menggunakan sistem proses yang berbeda

    Dapatkan juga Total JACKPOT hingga 600 JUTA lebih!

    Minimal Depo : Rp.50.000,-
    minimal Withdraw : Rp.100.000,-

    ◕ Dapat dimainkan di PC, ANDROID, IPHONE, dan IPAD Tersedia Ratusan meja untuk tempat anda bermain
    ◕ Permainan fair tanpa Bot, Tanpa Admin 100% member VS member
    ◕ Pembagian kartu menggunakan technologi yang lebih mutakhir dengan sistem random permanen (acak),
    sehingga kemenangan anda hanya di tentukan dengan kemampuan anda sendiri Menggunakan Sistem pengamanan yang lebih MUTAKHIR, semua data pribadi anda aman di tempat kami.
    ◕ Support Bank Lokal Indonesia (BCA, BNI, BRI, Mandiri, Danamon, Permata Bank, Etc)
    ◕ Menerima Deposit Via Pulsa & E-Money (PAYPRO, OVO, GO-PAY, DANA, T-Sel, XL, Axis)
    ◕ Dilayani dengan CS yang RAMAH dan PROFESIONAL 24 Jam

    Kunjungi link alternatif resmi kami :



    ☎ LINE : ituQQ
    ☎ WECHAT : ituQQQ
    ☎ WHATSAPP : +855.9589.7137

    #agenjudionline #agenjuditerbaik #situsjuditerpercaya #ituqq #csituqq #agenpokeronline #agenjudi #situsjudionline #judionlineindonesia #taruhanonline #situsjudi #bandarjudi #judionline #websitejuditerpercaya #webresmi

  5. The Classical Reviewer: Playing Of Passion And Nervous Energy From Yundi In A New Release Of Beethoven Sonatas From Deutsche Grammophon >>>>> Download Now

    >>>>> Download Full

    The Classical Reviewer: Playing Of Passion And Nervous Energy From Yundi In A New Release Of Beethoven Sonatas From Deutsche Grammophon >>>>> Download LINK

    >>>>> Download Now

    The Classical Reviewer: Playing Of Passion And Nervous Energy From Yundi In A New Release Of Beethoven Sonatas From Deutsche Grammophon >>>>> Download Full

    >>>>> Download LINK