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Chopin: Preludes / Yundi Li, piano

Album Summary

>Chopin, Frédéric : Preludes (24) for Piano, Op. 28
>Chopin, Frédéric : Prelude for piano no 25 in C sharp minor, Op. 45, CT. 190
>Chopin, Frédéric : Prelude for piano no 26 in A flat major ("Presto con leggierezza"), KK IVb/7, CT. 191 (B. 86)
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Notes & Reviews:

Fifteen years after his historic first prize at the Chopin Competition in 2000, YUNDI returns to the repertoire in which he first came to public and critical acclaim, and which has continued to inspire some of his most dazzling performances. For his latest album, his first Chopin studio recording since 2010, he records the complete Chopin Preludes (to be released 11th September). The recording is the first element of Yundi s Chopin Project which continues with a recording of the two piano concertos next year, and involves substantial touring in Europe, the Far East and in China under the title The Legend of Chopin.

With his forensic, lyrical poeticism underpinned by a phenomenal technique, Yundi has become one of the most admired performers of Chopin s piano music in recent years. His winning the fourteenth Chopin Competition was a historic occasion, for not only was he the first Chinese performer to do so, he was also (at eighteen) the youngest in the history of the event, and the first winner in fifteen years to be granted first prize. His star in the core classical repertoire but particularly in association with the repertoire of the great Polish master - has continued to shine ever more brilliantly since then. This year Yundi accepts the great honour of appearing on the jury of the Chopin Competition, making him the youngest jury member in the competition s history, alongside other luminaries of the keyboard world including Martha Argerich, Dmitri Alexeev and Garrick Ohlsson.

For his return to the music of Chopin, Yundi has chosen to record the complete preludes. Alongside the cornucopian variety of the 24 short works in every major and minor key from Opus 28, the recital includes the haunting Op 45, and the brilliant No. 26. The music challenges every aspect of Yundi s musicality, from his astonishing dexterity to his patrician sense of simplicity.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Berlin, Siemens-Villa (06/2015).



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>Chopin, Frédéric : Preludes (24) for Piano, Op. 28
  • Performer: Yundi Li (Piano)
  • Running Time: 28 min. 49 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1838-1839

>Chopin, Frédéric : Prelude for piano no 25 in C sharp minor, Op. 45, CT. 190
  • Performer: Yundi Li (Piano)
  • Notes: Composition written: 1841.
  • Running Time: 4 min. 32 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1841

>Chopin, Frédéric : Prelude for piano no 26 in A flat major ("Presto con leggierezza"), KK IVb/7, CT. 191 (B. 86)
  • Performer: Yundi Li (Piano)
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1834