Norman Lebrecht on shifting sound worlds
She says he was playing Appassionata when he was playing Moonlight, though there is a very brief bit of it later.
You guys are sooooooooo mean……
I can’t see any video clip. I am logging in from the US.
Love the Elvis-like “pompadour” hairstyle…
In the meantime, another launching by Jonathan Biss:
What’s peculiar about this tour, and I’m not trying to be disrespectful in any way, is that he does not need to do this. This 40 city tour will pay Yundi in peanuts in comparison to European concert halls. It really seems he and his management are utterly determined to be the the most popular pianist in China and Asia. This really is a great move for Yundi and his reputation as a pianist who is more accessible than Lang Lang in their home country.
No, he needs this tour desperately. In terms of money, actually both he and Lang Lang can (and have) demand(ed) much more by playing inside mainland China than around the world. But what’s more important is that he needs more concert experiences to ease his stage fright, or the lack of serious preparations. Because even now, he still can’t come home free clean in some of the works that he’s been touring since last year.
Here is just one tiny example posted by one of his fans.
BTW, to put Yundi Li in the same breath of names like Jonathan Biss, or Paul Lewis, or Jeremy Denk, or Stewart Goodyear these days, just to name a few who happened to also have recorded Beethoven sonatas, is an insult to the serious classical music audiences. Ten years ago, Yundi Li might have been an uprising talent full of promises, 7~8 years he had already reached his peak as an concert pianist/student. Now, he is close to a total washed-out trying hard to have another reboot his career. Will his popularity last? Think about Vanessa-Mae, think about Charlot Church. Need I say more? In terms of real musical talent that still left inside him now, I hate to say he is not even close to Nigel Kennedy. Richard Clyderman IS a better suitable direction for him to pursue than Richard Goode. And quite frankly, he is also pretty much forgotten or neglected now, whichever you want to pick, by the majority classical music critics/reporters, except, of course, our Stormy Norman here, who still like to raise the issue from time to time. Nostalgia maybe?
BTW, before I stop feeding the troll here, please let’s all keep in mind that there are not just one Lang Lang or Yundi Li, there are plenty mainland born pianists worth at least a listen:
and the list can go on and on, and I don’t even need to mention Yuja Wang, who is clearly much a bigger and brighter star now internationally than Yundi Li. So, it’s not just Lang Lang alone who have kept Li in check. And I can bet you money that if there were an virtual competition held today among the above Chinese born participants, involving couple of recital concerts, couple of concertos with an orchestra and one chamber music collaboration, it is Yundi Li who could be very likely fallen at the bottom but not Lang Lang, who, bad taste or not, at least can really play.
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