CHOPIN 4 Scherzi, 3 Impromptus / Yundi 4745162

. . . certainly this recording demonstrates that Li has plenty of technique expressed in
a brilliantly expansive and sometimes lyrical manner.

Stunning playing . . . Powerful, punctilious and heroic his performances . . . The recordings, made in Berlin, are excellent.

These performances stand out for their beauty, poise and clarity.

There is plenty of white-hot virtuosity in his accounts . . . The notes whiz by with uncanny clarity, yet Mr. Li brings out bass lines and inner voices beautifully.

. . . Li is young; sterling as his Chopin is already, it may glow even more richly as he matures.

His Liszt Sonata was world-class, and so is this new set of Chopin Scherzos . . . this is a very distinguished recital by an artist with excellent instincts and plenty to say.

A glittering tone, a mastery of rubato and surefire technique - all can be heard in this outstanding release . . . Li stuns the listener . . . His fingers rip through the music with spine-tingling virtuosity. His playing is remarkably clear and precise and yet imbued with grand temperament . . . He never oversteps the bounds of good taste, so elegant and eloquent is his playing.

The performances are loaded with bravura technique quietly and tastefully put to the service of the music . . . Give this highly enjoyable disc 9 out of 10.

His tone is undeniably appealing and the pianism glittering . . . Li is an impressive pianist.

The latest keyboard wizard . . . Yundi Li . . . reveals a technique that's powerful enough to toss off Chopin's heroic scherzi as if they were child's play.

Yundi Li dispatches this recital with a panache, poetry and musicality that mark him as a commanding Chopin interpreter.

Li plays the treacherous B-minor Scherzo with astounding digital control, achieving at the same time complete clarity and focus. An air of daring, tempered by absolute poise, pervades his performance. His tone is burnished, and a wide variety of touches further enlivens the music, but he never loses sight of the demonic undercurrents. I have not yet heard anyone play the white-hot scales at the end with the frightening brilliance of Horowitz, but Yundi Li comes close. The B-flat minor is no less impressive . . . Despite the many marvellous aspects of the first three works, with the Fourth Scherzo Li reaches a new and inspired artistic level, all in all, quite amazing in one so young . . . It may be possible but it will indeed be difficult to find finer Chopin playing than this. Certainly it will not be possible to find Chopin played with a higher, more Olympian technical finish.

Es ist vielleicht möglich, aber sicherlich schwierig, eine bessere Chopin-Interpretation zu finden als hier. Es ist bestimmt unmöglich, Chopin mit mehr und souveränerer technischer Vollendung gespielt zu hören.

Il serait peut-être possible, quoique difficile, de trouver un plus beau jeu dans Chopin. Mais il n¿est certainement pas possible de trouver des Chopin joués avec une technique plus exaltée, plus olympienne.

This is a terrific recital . . . there's a tremendous sense of exploration and excitement here which makes for a totally exhilarating package . . . This is high-velocity, fullvoltage
Chopin.

Here what strikes me is his sheer power and technical wizardry. His tempos are brisk, yet the most difficult passages don't seem to present him with any undue challenge. The opening of the first Scherzo is a kind of explosion of energy . . . the scherzos, with their shifts and starts and slightly manic whimsy, seem made for a pianist like Yundi Li, whose muscular approach is also flexible. His tone is beautiful . . .

This is exciting, expressive music, but it also is elegant. Pianist Yundi Li seems to balance excitement and elegance in an artful way, making this a most rewarding recording. Whether making the keyboard thunder or whisper, Li seems to keep everything in balance and perspective, never striving to make a point by pounding or pausing unnecessarily. If you enjoy virtuoso piano music, then this is a recording you really should audition.

This is exciting, expressive music, but it also is elegant . . . Whether making the keyboard thunder or whisper, Li seems to keep everything in balance and perspective . . . If you enjoy virtuoso piano music, than this is a recording you really should audition.

Sein leichter Anschlag und der sparsame Pedaleinsatz sorgen für spektakuläre Klarheit --von der Aufnahmetechnik direkt und ohne Kompromisse eingefangen. Liebe aufs erste Hinhören.

Yundi Lis zweites Chopin-Recital für die Deutsche Grammophon: An der mondänen . . . Präsentation hat sich wenig geändert. Wohl aber klingt die Neue brillanter und räumlicher, sie läst dem Pianisten buchstäblich mehr Spielraum zur dynamischen Entfaltung, und der junge Chopin-Wettbewerb-Gewinner aus China hat die Chance genutzt. Er ist deutlich vorangekommen in den vergangenen beiden Jahren, packt die vier Scherzi, deren immanente Expressivität und Dramatik seinen aktuellen Entwicklungsstand offenbar besonders nahe sind, pianistisch glänzend und mit quasi rhetorischer Freiheit an. Man spürt aus seinem Spiel den entschiedenen künstlerischen Willen, Kraft und emotionale Gewalt der vier großen Stücke eindringlich erlebbar zu machen.

Fulminant . . . Mitreißend die Gefühlsgewalt in diesem Klavierspiel, die atemlose, nie nachlassende Spannung aus schier zerreißenden Kontrasten in heftigstem Forte-Ungestüm. Eine aberwitzige Jagd über weiße und schwarze Tasten . . . ein wildes Aufbegehren, atemberaubend furios, herzzerreißend verzweifelt, manisch rasend gespielt. Dass er -- selbstverständlich -- auch anders kann, zeigte die sanfte Melancholie und lineare Eleganz seiner Impromptus: intensiv erfühlt, feingeistig poetisch. Yundi Lis Chopin ist ein nachschöpferisches Ereignis ersten Ranges.