Agghh! well, maybe I'm not that mad...
I did meet yundi, but it was just like a casual "Hi" as I was being shoved out of line by a crowd of anxious Yundi Fans. haha it's like a rock concert--- and everyone was wearing black suits and sweaters.
I'll get back to that momentarily---
Ok- no one get mad at me, because these were just some of my thoughts as I was listening to/ watching the concert.
Well, the program was as followed
1) Piano Sonata K. 330 in C Major, by Mozart- Which was excellent. The phrasing was excellent and the interpretation was thoughtful.
2) Carnaval Op. 9, by Schumann- Some parts were superb- such as Coquette, Eusebius, and Florestan. There were several musical suprises in them.
Others made me think... huh? What is going on. Like several movements I guess are marked presto, but Yundi lost his clarity and you couldn't really understand that there was any structure to the section. (Papillons and Pantalon et Colombine)
I think the piece already is polished in style, but I would prefer it to be clearer rather than showy to watch. haha that can be saved for the Liszt.
3) Sonata in B minor, by Liszt- I thought this was even better than his recording. He let lose a lot more and you could see that he used of a broader range of interpretations rather than the obvious performance standards of this piece. For example, at the end of some of the octave runs, he held the last notes with his pedal, which reverberated a powerful sonority in the low register of the piano throughout the concert hall. That was a suprise, because that can obviously not happen in a cd... lol I'd say his performance of this piece last night was a breath of fresh air from his cd.
4) Andante spianato and Grande polonaise brillante, Op. 22, by Chopin- I thought this had not changed much since his performance 6 years ago from the Chopin Competition. Still, it was great, though I hoped he would have developed it more.
His only encore was Sunflower. Hm.
Yundi definitely has stage presence. I guess it would fit the accounts I have read of Rubinstein's concerts- He didn't even have to play and people were standing on their feet in ovation. hahah
Anyways, afterward I was excited and hopeful to meet him. I entered a crowd of people and waited for about 20 minutes to get to the point where yundi was for autograph signing. Well, I basically didn't know it that I was like right next to him, because there were people blocking my way. haha well, I turned around, and there he was! My dad got a camera and the ushers were like "No pictures please. The hall is too crowded." Well, my dad's like oh well, and he took some close shots of him that were blurry. haha, and I got another picture with me right behind yundi with him facing backward signing someone else's paper. I was kind of in a stalker pose. Haha, oh well. I also got my program signed. W00t