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Author Topic: Lang Lang VS Yundi Li, but not as you know it (nor as I expected!)  (Read 13762 times)
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« on: March 15, 2010, 04:06:07 PM »

Am I the only one in this planet to miss this?

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB122790914204065299.html

http://www.scena.org/columns/lebrecht/081112-NL-power.html
(Towards the end)

If it's true...what a prick! Angry
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« Reply #1 on: March 16, 2010, 05:42:42 AM »

I avoid Lang Lang's overstated performances where possible. Although, in fairness, he has rendered some beautiful interpretations of some of Brahms' mid works and plays far better than I do currently. Saddly I have never heard any of Li's performances, but I am aware of the zealous support of his craft.
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« Reply #2 on: March 16, 2010, 07:35:53 AM »

I avoid Lang Lang's overstated performances where possible. Although, in fairness, he has rendered some beautiful interpretations of some of Brahms' mid works and plays far better than I do currently. Saddly I have never heard any of Li's performances, but I am aware of the zealous support of his craft.

Check him out! One of my favorite modern era pianists.

An assorted selection of Li playing standard well-known pieces:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tvm2ZsRv3C8
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hEnfZjqMSy0
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EvxS_bJ0yOU
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=alGaVou6lfk
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SMVJ0P-Sfvg
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-x-y2DuHSec
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CawhTZ4BPMo
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« Reply #3 on: March 16, 2010, 09:31:56 AM »

Yundi Li's performance of la campanella is still the best i've ever heard, but cant say i've seen other performances of Li.
I've seen quite some things of Lang Lang though, and i can stand few of them.
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« Reply #4 on: March 16, 2010, 02:34:33 PM »

Did you guys read the article? Like how apparently Lang Lang single-handedly kicked Yundi Li out of his Deutsche Grammophon recording contract? That's SO sick!
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« Reply #5 on: March 16, 2010, 07:21:48 PM »

Did you guys read the article? Like how apparently Lang Lang single-handedly kicked Yundi Li out of his Deutsche Grammophon recording contract? That's SO sick!

Yes, but I had been aware of it. It only heightens my extreme distaste for his theatrics.
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« Reply #6 on: March 18, 2010, 09:03:36 PM »

Give me a Russian any day over these or many other over-hyped Asian pianists.
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« Reply #7 on: March 19, 2010, 12:04:39 AM »

Give me a Russian any day over these or many other over-hyped Asian pianists.

I heard Denis Matsuev with Rach 3 the other night playing with the Mariinsky Orchestra under Gergiev...started of well enough, but slowly but gradually he seemed to become more restless and the playing degraded to the extent that, by the time he reached the 3rd movt. it's nothing but pure Lang Lang kind of showmanship. Fast and loud most of the time, and the soft extremely soft and slow, and in the end firing away at the keyboard like a machine gun. And the encore was the worst pile of s*** (that is an exaggeration to say "tasteless music") I've ever heard live - to the extent I doubt if Lang Lang will ever even consider playing it, as dearthly as his musical taste can be.
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« Reply #8 on: March 19, 2010, 05:49:17 PM »

Yeah it kind of sucks. Li was a much better pianist than Lang imo.
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« Reply #9 on: March 21, 2010, 12:07:14 PM »


He's a nice performer - a little impatient, but he'll mature. I liked his performance of the Chopin Fantasy Impromtu. That was beautifully sensitive, but his scherzo's have a way to go yet. Maybe he's been listening to too much Lang Lang Tongue
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« Reply #10 on: March 21, 2010, 12:25:30 PM »

It seems that Yundi Li now wishes to be known simply as 'Yundi'.
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« Reply #11 on: March 22, 2010, 07:22:50 PM »

OMG LANG LANG LOOKS SILLY WHEN HE'S PLAYING!!! THAT MEANS HIS PLAYING IS BAD!!!!

Pleaaaase! Grow up! Many ppl said the same thing about Horowitz when he lived. But you don't care about that, do you?
"OMG YOU CAN'T COMPARE HOROWITZ WITH LANG LANG!! MY MUM TOLD ME HOROWITZ IS BETTER THAN LANG LANG!!!!"
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« Reply #12 on: March 24, 2010, 12:13:42 AM »

OMG LANG LANG LOOKS SILLY WHEN HE'S PLAYING!!! THAT MEANS HIS PLAYING IS BAD!!!!

Pleaaaase! Grow up! Many ppl said the same thing about Horowitz when he lived. But you don't care about that, do you?
"OMG YOU CAN'T COMPARE HOROWITZ WITH LANG LANG!! MY MUM TOLD ME HOROWITZ IS BETTER THAN LANG LANG!!!!"

I've never heard that about Horowitz... in fact Horowitz is a model of controlled image.  The most he does is curl the upper lip once in a while.

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« Reply #13 on: March 24, 2010, 06:15:14 PM »

OMG LANG LANG LOOKS SILLY WHEN HE'S PLAYING!!! THAT MEANS HIS PLAYING IS BAD!!!!

Pleaaaase! Grow up! Many ppl said the same thing about Horowitz when he lived. But you don't care about that, do you?
"OMG YOU CAN'T COMPARE HOROWITZ WITH LANG LANG!! MY MUM TOLD ME HOROWITZ IS BETTER THAN LANG LANG!!!!"
i've also heard that!!!! YOU CANT COMPARE HOROWITZ WITH BANG BANG!!!!!!!!!!
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