YUNDI LI Vienna Recital 4775571

I can pay Yundi Li no higher compliment than to say that his performance here is comparable in its elegance and sense of line to the famous Lipatti recording. Things could hardly get off to a more promising start, and the other Scarlatti here is just as deftly turned. Mozart's Sonata in C major is also very charmingly done, and appropriately scaled too . . . Li's fingerwork is impeccable here and that facility really lets the music take wing in a most engaging way . . . After an aptly heroic start, this is a most persuasive performance -- unaffected, direct and technically formidable . . . Li's way is very much his own, and I very much enjoyed his no-nonsense approach, which is never inflexibel . . . Li's interpretation is subtle and sophisticated rather than barnstorming. While some pianists maybe characterize particular movements wiht more of an indvidual stamp, Li has a coherent and convincing view of the work which makes for rewarding listening -- helped by his keen awareness of the voicing of Schumann's piano writing. Finally, Liszt's Rhapsodie espagnole, which brings things to a splendidly flamboyant conclusion -- this music seems to be mother's milk to Li, and he is particularly good at drawing out the fabulous colours in this work. The notes are interesting and the recorded sound is very characteristic of DG: slightly dry but admirably clear and capturing the subtlety of Li's playing admirably.

I use the word "brilliant" advisedly. These are, for the most part, performances with a hard glint, performances notable for the clarity of their counterpoint, for the sting of their accents, for the machine-gun precision of their repeated notes ('Reconnaissance' from "Carnaval" will give you a good sense). Yes, Li's legato is admirable . . . his timbral range is wide and his sense of harmonic affect is shrewd (try the development section of the first movement of the Mozart) . . . his colors tend to be bright . . he manages to stretch his tempos without ever sacrificing the keen definition of the rhythmic gestures.

von der Kritik für sein elegantes Spiel und seine buchstäblich leichtfüßigen Interpretationen gerühmt . . .

Ein hochbegabter Pianist macht sich auf, die Welt zu erobern . . .

. . . notre pianiste nous offre de biens jolis moments . . . les doigts sont indéniablement habiles et valeureux . . .

. . . un Scarlatti que es un derroche de elegancia y refinados jugueteos . . . una Sonata K. 330 del genio de Salzburgo que es todo un prodigio de digitación . . .