PERTH CONCERT HALL
Photos by Sharon Burgess
An almost sold out Perth Concert Hall crowd ushered in to hear a man widely touted as one of the world’s greatest contemporary pianists. The program for Yundi Li promised three sonatas plus an ‘etudes-tableaux’ by Rachmaninov, all of which made for an exciting night of classical piano for aficionados.
By the time Yundi Li cruised into Rachmaninov’s Piano Sonata No.2 in B-flat Minor, I was in piano heaven.
The first piece, Schubert’s Piano Sonata in A Major began like a soothing lullaby only to swing out far and wide and back again. This opening lullaby contrasted with the salvos fired by the following sonata, Chopin’s Piano Sonata No.3 in B Minor, opus 58, which cracked out heavy chords and filigree in a martial style. This sonata in due course moderated in the middle sections before once again racing off in galloping progressions before it tumbled back to its main theme once more.
A brief intermission punctuated by $2 vanilla ice cream tubs with my rapt daughter proceeded.
Next came the series of study tables of Rachmaninov pieces. Eight of which were smashed out with a panache which it seems is a theatrical signature of Master Yundi Li. He delighted in entertaining his audience by raising one hand in the air while he played with the other like a lead guitarist in a rock band might as he hammers on the fret board.
By the time Yundi Li cruised into Rachmaninov’s Piano Sonata No.2 in B-flat Minor, I was in piano heaven. The ability of the pianist to seamlessly drive the material into the stratosphere inspired a dreamlike state and when he finished it felt like he’d finished all too soon. I am not often into live classical music though after this night’s wonderment, I think that will quickly change.
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