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George Li|Live at the Mariinsky

Live at the Mariinsky

George Li

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The competition for the title of next new young phenomenon is keen, and Warner Brothers has thrown its lot in with the youthful-looking American pianist (and Harvard undergraduate) George Li, the silver medalist in the 2015 Tchaikovsky Competition. Li gets enthusiasm points for the cover photo alone on this live album, recorded at the Mariinsky Theatre in St. Petersburg, Russia, and he gets more for the energetic, slightly capricious Haydn Piano Sonata in B minor, Hob. 16/32, that opens the show. The Chopin Piano Sonata No. 2 in B flat minor, Op. 35, is not quite so compelling; the famed funeral march slow movement seems to have little direction. Sample, however, various places in the Rachmaninov Variations on a Theme of Corelli, Op. 42. You'll hear the superb engineering work of Fedor Naumov, making Li's piano ring in the upper registers. And you'll hear technique on the level of the greats. You may want the album for this performance alone, but the Liszt Consolation No. 3 in D flat major and Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2 in C sharp minor also play to Li's strengths, which lie in executing difficult lines cleanly and adding tension in their middles. The booklet notes might have told us more (or anything at all) about this remarkable young pianist, and Naumov might have retained a bit of what was surely enthusiastic applause. But these are minor quibbles indeed about an exciting debut.
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1
Piano Sonata in B Minor, Hob. XVI: 32: I. Allegro moderato (Live)
00:04:47

Franz Joseph Haydn, Composer - George Li, Piano, MainArtist

© 2017 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 2017 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Company Music Group Company

2
Keyboard Sonata in B Minor, Hob. XVI: 32: II. Menuetto (Live)
00:03:33

Franz Joseph Haydn, Composer - George Li, Piano, MainArtist

© 2017 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 2017 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Company Music Group Company

3
Piano Sonata in B Minor, Hob. XVI: 32: III. Finale. Presto (Live)
00:03:06

Franz Joseph Haydn, Composer - George Li, Piano, MainArtist

© 2017 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 2017 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Company Music Group Company

4
Piano Sonata No. 2 in B-Flat Minor, Op. 35: I. Grave - Doppio movimento (Live)
00:07:38

Frederic Chopin, Composer - George Li, Piano, MainArtist

© 2017 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 2017 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Company Music Group Company

5
Piano Sonata No. 2 in B-Flat Minor, Op. 35: II. Scherzo (Live)
00:06:28

Frederic Chopin, Composer - George Li, Piano, MainArtist

© 2017 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 2017 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Company Music Group Company

6
Piano Sonata No. 2 in B-Flat Minor, Op. 35: III. Marche funèbre. Lento (Live)
00:09:02

Frederic Chopin, Composer - George Li, Piano, MainArtist

© 2017 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 2017 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Company Music Group Company

7
Piano Sonata No. 2 in B-Flat Minor, Op. 35: IV. Finale. Presto (Live)
00:01:30

Frederic Chopin, Composer - George Li, Piano, MainArtist

© 2017 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 2017 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Company Music Group Company

8
Variations on a Theme of Corelli, Op. 42: I. Theme (Andante) [Live]
00:00:57

Sergei Rachmaninoff, Composer - George Li, Piano, MainArtist

© 2017 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 2017 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Company Music Group Company

9
Variations on a Theme of Corelli, Op. 42: Variation 1 (Poco piu mosso) [Live]
00:00:38

Sergei Rachmaninoff, Composer - George Li, Piano, MainArtist

© 2017 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 2017 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Company Music Group Company

10
Variations on a Theme of Corelli, Op. 42: Variation 2 (L'istesso tempo) [Live]
00:00:34

Sergei Rachmaninoff, Composer - George Li, Piano, MainArtist

© 2017 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 2017 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Company Music Group Company

11
Variations on a Theme of Corelli, Op. 42: Variation 3 (Tempo di Minuetto) [Live]
00:00:35

Sergei Rachmaninoff, Composer - George Li, Piano, MainArtist

© 2017 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 2017 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Company Music Group Company

12
Variations on a Theme of Corelli, Op. 42: Variation 4 (Andante) [Live]
00:00:50

Sergei Rachmaninoff, Composer - George Li, Piano, MainArtist

© 2017 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 2017 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Company Music Group Company

13
Variations on a Theme of Corelli, Op. 42: Variation 5 (Allegro ma non tanto) [Live]
00:00:20

Sergei Rachmaninoff, Composer - George Li, Piano, MainArtist

© 2017 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 2017 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Company Music Group Company

14
Variations on a Theme of Corelli, Op. 42: Variation 6 (L'istesso tempo) [Live]
00:00:19

Sergei Rachmaninoff, Composer - George Li, Piano, MainArtist

© 2017 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 2017 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Company Music Group Company

15
Variations on a Theme of Corelli, Op. 42: Variation 7 (Vivace) [Live]
00:00:30

Sergei Rachmaninoff, Composer - George Li, Piano, MainArtist

© 2017 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 2017 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Company Music Group Company

16
Variations on a Theme of Corelli, Op. 42: Variation 8 (Adagio misterioso) [Live]
00:00:56

Sergei Rachmaninoff, Composer - George Li, Piano, MainArtist

© 2017 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 2017 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Company Music Group Company

17
Variations on a Theme of Corelli, Op. 42: Variation 9 (Un poco piu mosso) [Live]
00:01:05

Sergei Rachmaninoff, Composer - George Li, Piano, MainArtist

© 2017 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 2017 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Company Music Group Company

18
Variations on a Theme of Corelli, Op. 42: Variation 10 (Allegro scherzando) [Live]
00:00:32

Sergei Rachmaninoff, Composer - George Li, Piano, MainArtist

© 2017 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 2017 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Company Music Group Company

19
Variations on a Theme of Corelli, Op. 42: Variation 11 (Allegro vivace) [Live]
00:00:19

Sergei Rachmaninoff, Composer - George Li, Piano, MainArtist

© 2017 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 2017 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Company Music Group Company

20
Variations on a Theme of Corelli, Op. 42: Variation 12 (L'istesso tempo) [Live]
00:00:36

Sergei Rachmaninoff, Composer - George Li, Piano, MainArtist

© 2017 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 2017 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Company Music Group Company

21
Variations on a Theme of Corelli, Op. 42: Variation 13 (Agitato) [Live]
00:00:31

Sergei Rachmaninoff, Composer - George Li, Piano, MainArtist

© 2017 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 2017 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Company Music Group Company

22
Variations on a Theme of Corelli, Op. 42: Intermezzo (Live)
00:01:23

Sergei Rachmaninoff, Composer - George Li, Piano, MainArtist

© 2017 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 2017 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Company Music Group Company

23
Variations on a Theme of Corelli, Op. 42: Variation 14 (Andante - come prima) [Live]
00:00:55

Sergei Rachmaninoff, Composer - George Li, Piano, MainArtist

© 2017 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 2017 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Company Music Group Company

24
Variations on a Theme of Corelli, Op. 42: Variation 15 (L'istesso tempo) [Live]
00:01:36

Sergei Rachmaninoff, Composer - George Li, Piano, MainArtist

© 2017 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 2017 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Company Music Group Company

25
Variations on a Theme of Corelli, Op. 42: Variation 16 (Allegro vivace) [Live]
00:00:27

Sergei Rachmaninoff, Composer - George Li, Piano, MainArtist

© 2017 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 2017 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Company Music Group Company

26
Variations on a Theme of Corelli, Op. 42: Variation 17 (Meno mosso) [Live]
00:00:49

Sergei Rachmaninoff, Composer - George Li, Piano, MainArtist

© 2017 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 2017 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Company Music Group Company

27
Variations on a Theme of Corelli, Op. 42: Variation 18 (Allegro con brio) [Live]
00:00:29

Sergei Rachmaninoff, Composer - George Li, Piano, MainArtist

© 2017 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 2017 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Company Music Group Company

28
Variations on a Theme of Corelli, Op. 42: Variation 19 (Piu mosso. Agitato) [Live]
00:00:25

Sergei Rachmaninoff, Composer - George Li, Piano, MainArtist

© 2017 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 2017 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Company Music Group Company

29
Variations on a Theme of Corelli, Op. 42: Variation 20 (Piu mosso) [Live]
00:01:05

Sergei Rachmaninoff, Composer - George Li, Piano, MainArtist

© 2017 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 2017 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Company Music Group Company

30
Variations on a Theme of Corelli, Op. 42: Coda (Andante) [Live]
00:01:53

Sergei Rachmaninoff, Composer - George Li, Piano, MainArtist

© 2017 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 2017 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Company Music Group Company

31
6 Consolations, S. 172: No. 3 in D-Flat Major (Live)
00:04:09

Franz Liszt, Composer - George Li, Piano, MainArtist

© 2017 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 2017 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Company Music Group Company

32
19 Hungarian Rhapsodies, S. 244: No. 2 in C-Sharp Minor (Live)
00:10:42

Franz Liszt, Composer - George Li, Piano, MainArtist

© 2017 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 2017 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Company Music Group Company

Album Description

The competition for the title of next new young phenomenon is keen, and Warner Brothers has thrown its lot in with the youthful-looking American pianist (and Harvard undergraduate) George Li, the silver medalist in the 2015 Tchaikovsky Competition. Li gets enthusiasm points for the cover photo alone on this live album, recorded at the Mariinsky Theatre in St. Petersburg, Russia, and he gets more for the energetic, slightly capricious Haydn Piano Sonata in B minor, Hob. 16/32, that opens the show. The Chopin Piano Sonata No. 2 in B flat minor, Op. 35, is not quite so compelling; the famed funeral march slow movement seems to have little direction. Sample, however, various places in the Rachmaninov Variations on a Theme of Corelli, Op. 42. You'll hear the superb engineering work of Fedor Naumov, making Li's piano ring in the upper registers. And you'll hear technique on the level of the greats. You may want the album for this performance alone, but the Liszt Consolation No. 3 in D flat major and Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2 in C sharp minor also play to Li's strengths, which lie in executing difficult lines cleanly and adding tension in their middles. The booklet notes might have told us more (or anything at all) about this remarkable young pianist, and Naumov might have retained a bit of what was surely enthusiastic applause. But these are minor quibbles indeed about an exciting debut.
© TiVo

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