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Chopin is this man's bread-and-butter. Chinese pianist Yundi has been a high-profile, specialist purveyor of Chopin since taking first prize at the International Chopin Piano Competition in Warsaw in 2000 – and at age 18, its youngest ever winner. He is marketed as a phenom, single-named, focused on a single composer, and on the front line of China's western classical music revolution. Once the lights dim, however, all this recedes, leaving just player and instrument. And Chopin. Yundi certainly conveys the impression of someone in relationship with the composer, and at Thursday's performance there was no doubt that the pianist's primary concern is poetry rather than display. Therefore, and despite the technical fireworks inevitable in an all-Chopin programme, the single word which consistently comes to mind as the recital's overarching principle is reflection.

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