Chopin: Preludes

Chopin: Preludes

by Yundi Li

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Chopin: Preludes

Yundi Li's 2015 release of Chopin's Préludes on Deutsche Grammophon launches his Chopin Project, which consists of recordings and performances devoted to the works of the Polish master. It might seem that Yundi's career has been dominated by Chopin's music since he won the first prize at the International Fryderyk Chopin Competition in 2000, and he has periodically released recordings of Chopin's music, including the Nocturnes, Scherzi, Impromptus, and other pieces. With the "24 Préludes, Op. 28," the "Prélude in C sharp minor, Op. 45," and the "Prélude in A flat major, Op. Posth.," Yundi keeps his expressions close to the vest and treats the music with calm introspection, in a manner Chopin likely would have approved, avoiding excessive displays of technique and rejecting sentimentality. For that reason, this album might seem a little subdued, cool, and even clinical by most pianists' standards, and somewhat lacking in the showmanship that is usually expected of a young virtuoso. But it seems more likely a sign of Yundi's growth and seriousness that he plays with restraint and control when he is expected to show off, and puts Chopin's music well above the hype. Highly recommended.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/25/2015
Label: Mercury
UPC: 0028948119103
catalogNumber: 002375502
Rank: 120147

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Yundi Li   Primary Artist

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