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Yundi; Li, Yundi. YUNDI LI: THE RED PIANO. European Union: EMI Classics/China Arts International Limited, 2012. Other. First Edition/First Printing. 1 pages. As New.

Rare Yundi collectible item. A pristine copy of his "The Red Piano" CD recording with EMI Classics, released by special arrangement with China Arts International Limited, signed by Yundi. The first release on CD by EMI. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent releases. This CD release is now scarce. Presents Yundi's "The Red Piano". "Celebrates his musical heritage with the recording of the Yellow River Concerto, based on music by Xian Xinghai and arranged by musicians Yin Chengzong, Chu Wanghua, Sheng Lihong, and Liu Zhuang. Also includes Five Yunnan Folk Songs as well as arrangements of other Chinese melodies" (EMI). Yundi Li won the 2000 Warsaw International Chopin Piano Competition at the age of 18, the youngest ever in the competition's history (Maurizio Pollini was 19 when he won in 1960, the youngest winner for forty years until Yundi's Olympian feat). There are innumerable piano competitions everywhere, but the Chopin in Warsaw is in a class of its own, the most prestigious in the world. Being the first Chinese - and second Asian, after Vietnamese Dang Thai Son, who won in 1980 - to win the world's greatest piano competition is obviously a distinct honor. Still, it does not quite adequately describe Yundi's vertiginous rise and standing in the world of Classical music. Simply put, China has the largest and most passionate piano culture in the world: There are 20 Million dead-serious Chinese piano students, whose one idol is Yundi, and whose one aspiration is to be the next Yundi. Even with a population that exceeds 1 Billion, that is still a staggering number of pianists. Yundi is more popular in China than any film or rock star, local or foreign, and is its highest-paid living performer on record, commanding $2 Million for a sports-stadium-capacity performance. As Norman Lebrecht has pointed out, while Lang Lang, a Chinese-American, is probably the world's most famous pianist today, Yundi is the "national dish". More important, the Chinese value what they believe to be Yundi's more subtle and poetic approach (while being no less of a master-virtuoso) to Lang Lang's flashy showmanship, further demonstrating the maturity of the Chinese audience. Himself dismissive of his Chinese-American rival, Yundi's own pianist/idol is Evgeny Kissin, whom he regards as the greatest living pianist, what HE, the idol of millions, wants to become. The Chinese piano aficionado is at pains to say (and those of them who travel throughout America and Europe for recitals and festivals will, unsolicited, admonish and enlighten you so) that Lang Lang is NOT Chinese but American (but of course, he is ethnic Chinese), that is, his playing is a deviation from and a violation of the highest Chinese aesthetic ideals of poetry over showmanship, rigor over decadent display. As his popularity broadens on a global scale, Yundi's star continues to rise irresistibly. Recognition of his immense talent is a bit overdue in America. An absolute "must-have" collectible, not just memorabilia, item for Yundi collectors. This copy of the CD of "Yundi Li: The Red Piano" is very boldly and beautifully signed (in Chinese characters) in gold pen-marker in front by Yundi. It is signed directly on the cover itself. It comes with a pristine copy of the 2015 Ravinia Festival Souvenir Magazine, which features Yundi's recital event, during which his signature was obtained. This title is a CD classic. As far as we know, this is the only signed copy available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a pristine beauty. A rare signed copy thus. One of the greatest living pianists. A fine copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER YUNDI TITLES IN OUR CATALOG). $70.00

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