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Yundi - Emporer/Fantasy / Audiophile Audition review

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Chinese piano virtuoso Yundi (Li) turns his attention to the German tradition on Emporer/Fantasy (rec. January-February 2014) with the able assistance of the Berlin Philharmonic and conductor Daniel Harding, inscribing Beethoven's mightiest concerto from 1809-1810 and Schumann's homage to Beethoven from 1836, his monumental Fantasy in C Major. The result must be accorded a sonorous success, if not a completely "musical" triumph, insofar as surface patina and clear, potent articulation of the effects may have run ahead of depth of insight. Despite the technical finesse and boisterous propulsion of the collaboration, there lingers a kind of glib proficiency to the enterprise, as though power and digital dexterity were the ultimate aim in Beethoven, especially when one's efforts are abetted by trumpets and drums. READ THE FULL Audiophile Audition REVIEW.