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In 2000, Yundi Li, then 18, was the youngest-ever winner of the Gold Medal at the International Chopin Competition, and also the medal's first Chinese winner. It was the first time in 15 years that any competitor had been judged worthy of the top award. Now 33, he recently had 11 albums in the Chinese classical music chart's top 15. For his new all-Chopin recording on DG, Yundi performs the Opus 17 set of four Mazurkas, the Berceuse (Op 57), and all four Ballades. The latter works were composed between 1831 and 1842, and contain some of the composer's most operatic writing, as well as his most challenging technical demands.

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