Chopin Piano Show Emotion? or be a "machine"? Worth Watching

Show Emotion? Or be a “Machine”? It’s worth watching!

Many musicians these days are either accused of being over-emotional in their presentation; or machine like. Yundi Li apparently has attained something like rock star status since he’s nice looking, young and really puts it out there. But to judge him by how moved he becomes by the music (*some say the Modern Crop of artists  ‘put it on’ a bit) – I think this does Yundi a real injustice. This is “real” emotion as far as I can see.

More importantly: I’ve heard Chopin all my life and I’d place Yundi’s presentation up against even the “Old Masters”

Another thing: I had no idea that when these Artists competed in Major competitions, that they had to play for this long. Wish I’d been there! Anyway – out of the entire hour or so – I think I might have heard one, two or three missed, or  miss-played notes!

Hang on a minute. I’m assuming that this Video was a single presentation? It just occured to me that maybe Yundi played all these pieces over several days?!  Whatever.  Did he win?  Google it and find out!

So Dear Listener: What do you think? Has Yundi “got it”?

  • admin
    December 3, 2009 at 6:43 pm

    Taneyev – I’m happy that someone with your extensive knowledge agrees with me!

  • Taneyev
    December 3, 2009 at 4:11 pm

    IMO this young man is an excelent Chopin interpreter. Very good articulation, every note polished, and without exagerations or excesive rubato “a la Brailowsky or Malcunszinsky”. Besides he has a good school, his hands always on the keyboard and arms and shoulders relaxed. IMO he has a brillant future (I hope).

  • Roger Bird
    April 26, 2009 at 2:47 pm

    Jim, classical music is not “ear candy”. It is spiritually beneficial to listen to classical music. So you are just going to have to change you website. (:->) You could call it ear yoga or sonic meditation.