Red Piano

The Red Piano

by Yundi Li
     
 
After achieving stardom in the west with high-profile competition wins, concert performances, and recordings of the music of Frédéric Chopin and Franz Liszt, Chinese pianist Yundi Li turns his abundant skills to the music of his homeland on EMI Classics' 2012 album The Red Piano. The most famous work on this disc is the "Yellow

Overview

After achieving stardom in the west with high-profile competition wins, concert performances, and recordings of the music of Frédéric Chopin and Franz Liszt, Chinese pianist Yundi Li turns his abundant skills to the music of his homeland on EMI Classics' 2012 album The Red Piano. The most famous work on this disc is the "Yellow River Piano Concerto," a product of the cultural revolution that emulates the grandiose gestures and heroic expressions of the Romantic piano concertos of Liszt, Grieg, and Rachmaninov. Anyone familiar with Yundi's powerful technical abilities and showmanship will find his playing to be true to form: propulsive, hard-edged, vigorous, and frequently brilliant, especially in the execution of runs and octaves. The energetic and colorful orchestral accompaniment is provided by the China NCPA Concert Hall Orchestra, conducted by Chen Zuohuang. Following the concerto, Yundi offers a selection of keyboard arrangements of Chinese songs, presented as a solo recital in a rather private and reflective mood. There's actually little of Yundi's dynamism here, and his flashiness is put more to shimmering effects than to demonstrations of prestidigitation. EMI's sound is excellent, so everything is fully audible with enormous presence in the concerto and intimate sound in the solo pieces.

Product Details

Release Date:
02/28/2012
Label:
Warner Classics
UPC:
5099908865823
catalogNumber:
88658

Tracks

  1. Celebrating Our New Life  - Jianer Zhu  - Yundi Li  - Chu Wanghua
  2. Why the Flowers Are So Red?, song (from the film "Guest on an Iceberg")  - Lei Zhenbang  - Yundi Li  - Zhang Zhao
  3. My Motherland, song (for the film Sangkamryung)  - Liu Chi  - Yundi Li  - Zhang Zhao
  4. Yellow River Concerto for piano & orchestra  - Yellow River Composers' Committee  - Cheng-Zong Yin  - Chen Zuohuang  - Yundi Li  - Chu Wanghua  - Liu Zhuang  - Yin Cheng-Zong  - Sheng Lihong  -  China NCPA Concert Hall Orchestra  - Xian Xinghai
  5. Glowing Red Morningstar Lilies  - Chinese Traditional  - Wang Jian-Zhong  - Yundi Li
  6. Liu Yang River, folksong  - Chinese Traditional  - Wang Jian-Zhong  - Yundi Li
  7. Yunnan Folk Songs (5), for piano  - Wang Jian-Zhong  - Yundi Li
  8. Colourful Clouds Chasing the Moon  - Chinese Traditional  - Wang Jian-Zhong  - Yundi Li  -  Ren Guang
  9. Kangding Qing Ge (Kangding Love Song)  - Chinese Traditional  - Yundi Li  - Zhang Zhao

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Yundi Li   Primary Artist

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