Beethoven: Pathétique, Moonlight, Appassionata Sonatas / Yundi Li, piano

Album Summary

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Sonata for piano no 8 in C minor, Op. 13 "Pathetique"
>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Sonata for Piano no 14 in C sharp minor, Op. 27/2 "Moonlight"
>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Sonata for Piano no 23 in F minor, Op. 57 "Appassionata"
Performer Composer

Notes & Reviews:

BBC Music Magazine, June 2013
On this showing he is significantly more attuned to Beethoven than Chopin, his self-proclaimed favourite composer...we seldom hear these works played with such unmannered restraint: the slow movements are not milked for emotion, while the fury of the fast ones is held in check by an admirable refusal to play to the gallery. The playing throughout is refreshingly disciplined and clean.

Gramophone Magazine, May 2013
In the Pathetique's first-movement introduction, Yundi's pronounced dynamic contrasts and stable pulse marked by the tiniest expressive adjustments compel serious listening...Yundi polishes the motivic components in the first movement of the Appassionata with impressive surface finish, yet somehow fails to link them into a cohesive narrative.

The Times, 22nd March 2013
The warmth of the colouring, the recording too, certainly makes this Beethoven recital - Yundi's first - different from the norm. Even when the music indicates something granitic, our pianist still stands on velvet. Drama and impetuosity abound in the first movement of the PathTtique.

American Record Guide, July/August 2013
I eagerly bought his set of Chopin Nocturnes. As expected, Li's technique is flawless, his tone uniformly excellent.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Teldex Studio, Berlin (06/2012-07/2012).



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Works Details

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Sonata for piano no 8 in C minor, Op. 13 "Pathetique"
  • Performer: Yundi Li (Piano)
  • Running Time: 18 min. 3 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1797-1798

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Sonata for Piano no 14 in C sharp minor, Op. 27/2 "Moonlight"
  • Performer: Yundi Li (Piano)
  • Running Time: 15 min. 14 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1801

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Sonata for Piano no 23 in F minor, Op. 57 "Appassionata"
  • Performer: Yundi Li (Piano)
  • Running Time: 23 min. 10 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1804-1805