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Ludwig van Beethoven – Pathetique, Moonlight, Appassionata – Yundi Li (2012) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

Ludwig van Beethoven – Pathetique, Moonlight, Appassionata – Yundi Li (2012)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96kHz  | Time – 57:13 minutes | 1,05 GB | Genre: Classical
Official Digital Download – Source: | ©  Deutsche Grammophon
Recorded: TELDEX Studio, Berlin, 6–7/2012

Following his recordings on Deutsche Grammophon of music by Frédéric Chopin and Franz Liszt, Chinese pianist Yundi Li takes on the three most popular piano sonatas of Ludwig van Beethoven, the “Pathétique,” “Moonlight,” and “Appassionata.” Known for having brilliant technique and dynamic showmanship, Yundi plays against type in these beloved works, which call for more introspection and expressiveness than might be expected from him. Even though the outer movements of “Pathétique” and “Appassionata” and the last movement of “Moonlight” give Yundi ample opportunity to demonstrate his agility, power, and high energy, they are relatively restrained, compared to the kind of virtuosic fare that made him an international star. Furthermore, the Classical impulse that informed these sonatas calls for a balance of moods, not just bravura playing. The slow movements let Yundi show he is more than just a flashy technician, and he gives carefully considered performances that work, albeit as fairly Romantic readings. Because Beethoven’s piano sonatas have been interpreted and recorded by pianists too numerous to count, it’s easy to dismiss performances that fall short of the great recordings of the past, especially any that seem addressed to a mainstream audience. Yundi’s album will not impress connoisseurs who have already settled on their favorite recordings, though casual listeners may like what Yundi does with the music and learn more about Beethoven as a result. –Blair Sanderson, All Music Guide

“In the Pathetique’s first-movement introduction, Yundi’s pronounced dynamic contrasts and stable pulse marked by the tiniest expressive adjustments compel serious listening, and so does the thrust of his broken octaves in the movements’ main section.” –Gramophone

“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 Pathétique.” –The Times

Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)
Piano Sonata No.8 in C minor, Op.13 – Pathétique
1. 1. Grave – Allegro di molto e con brio 08:30
2. 2. Adagio cantabile 05:13
3. 3. Rondo (Allegro) 04:22
Piano Sonata No.14 In C Sharp Minor, Op.27 No.2 – Moonlight
4. 1. Adagio sostenuto 07:06
5. 2. Allegretto 02:00
6. 3. Presto agitato 06:51
Piano Sonata No.23 in F minor, Op.57 – Appassionata
7. 1. Allegro assai 09:20
8. 2. Andante con moto 06:22
9. 3. Allegro ma non troppo 07:29

Yundi Li, piano


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