Li, George

Live at the Mariinsky

CD
6 Oct 2017

Barcode: 0190295812942

Composer: Haydn, Chopin, Rachmaninov, Liszt

This enthralling recital by the young American pianist George Li, silver medallist at the 2015 International Tchaikovsky Competition, marks his recording debut and launches a new relationship with Warner Classics. Captured at a live performance in the Mariinsky Concert Hall in St Petersburg, it presents a dramatically conceived programme of works by Haydn, Chopin, Rachmaninov and Liszt: a descent into deep darkness; re-emergence into the light, and a concluding, boisterous celebration.

Li, now 21 years old, was born in Boston to music-loving parents who came to the USA from China. He started taking part in music competitions as a child and experienced something of an epiphany when, as a young teenager, he performed a Beethoven concerto with orchestra. As he told Pianist magazine: “All of a sudden I felt like I had entered a different world… It was a unique and amazing experience: for the first time I was feeling music a lot more emotionally, rather than just remembering the right notes and where to come in. Afterwards people were coming up to me and saying that listening to me had changed their lives. I was shocked. I didn’t know before that music had that kind of power. After that, I just wanted to be able to find that feeling again.”

Audio sample & Tracklisting

Disc 1 
01 Haydn: Piano Sonata in B Minor, Hob. XVI: 32: I. Allegro moderato  - George Li 
02 Haydn: Piano Sonata in B Minor, Hob. XVI: 32: II. Menuetto  - George Li 
03 Haydn: Piano Sonata in B Minor, Hob. XVI: 32: III. Finale. Presto.  - George Li 
04 Chopin: Piano Sonata No. 2 in B-Flat Minor, Op. 35, CT. 202: I. Grave - Doppio movimento  - George Li 
05 Chopin: Piano Sonata No. 2 in B-Flat Minor, Op. 35, CT. 202: II. Scherzo  - George Li 
06 Chopin: Piano Sonata No. 2 in B-Flat Minor, Op. 35, CT. 202: III. Marche funèbre. Lento  - George Li 
07 Chopin: Piano Sonata No. 2 in B-Flat Minor, Op. 35, CT. 202: IV. Finale. Presto  - George Li 
08 Rachmaninov: Variations on a Theme of Corelli, Op. 42: I. Theme (Andante)  - George Li 
09 Rachmaninov: Variations on a Theme of Corelli, Op. 42: Variation 1 (Poco piu mosso)  - George Li 
10 Rachmaninov: Variations on a Theme of Corelli, Op. 42: Variation 2 (L'istesso tempo)  - George Li 
11 Rachmaninov: Variations on a Theme of Corelli, Op. 42: Variation 3 (Tempo di Minuetto)  - George Li 
12 Rachmaninov: Variations on a Theme of Corelli, Op. 42: Variation 4 (Andante)  - George Li 
13 Rachmaninov: Variations on a Theme of Corelli, Op. 42: Variation 5 (Allegro ma non tanto)  - George Li 
14 Rachmaninov: Variations on a Theme of Corelli, Op. 42: Variation 6 (L'istesso tempo)  - George Li 
15 Rachmaninov: Variations on a Theme of Corelli, Op. 42: Variation 7 (Vivace)  - George Li 
16 Rachmaninov: Variations on a Theme of Corelli, Op. 42: Variation 8 (Adagio misterioso)  - George Li 
17 Rachmaninov: Variations on a Theme of Corelli, Op. 42: Variation 9 (Un poco piu mosso)  - George Li 
18 Rachmaninov: Variations on a Theme of Corelli, Op. 42: Variation 10 (Allegro scherzando)  - George Li 
19 Rachmaninov: Variations on a Theme of Corelli, Op. 42: Variation 11 (Allegro vivace)  - George Li 
20 Rachmaninov: Variations on a Theme of Corelli, Op. 42: Variation 12 (L'istesso tempo)  - George Li 
21 Rachmaninov: Variations on a Theme of Corelli, Op. 42: Variation 13 (Agitato)  - George Li 
22 Rachmaninov: Variations on a Theme of Corelli, Op. 42: Intermezzo  - George Li 
23 Rachmaninov: Variations on a Theme of Corelli, Op. 42: Variation 14 (Andante [come prima])  - George Li 
24 Rachmaninov: Variations on a Theme of Corelli Op. 42: Variation 15 (L'istesso tempo)  - George Li 
25 Rachmaninov: Variations on a Theme of Corelli, Op. 42: Variation 16 (Allegro vivace)  - George Li 
26 Rachmaninov: Variations on a Theme of Corelli, Op. 42: Variation 17 (Meno mosso)  - George Li 
27 Rachmaninov: Variations on a Theme of Corelli, Op. 42: Variation 18 (Allegro con brio)  - George Li 
28 Rachmaninov: Variations on a Theme of Corelli, Op. 42: Variation 19 (Piu mosso. Agitato)  - George Li 
29 Rachmaninov: Variations on a Theme of Corelli, Op. 42: Variation 20 (Piu mosso)  - George Li 
30 Rachmaninov: Variations on a Theme of Corelli, Op. 42: Coda (Andante)  - George Li 
31 Liszt: 6 Consolations, S. 172: No. 3 in D-Flat Major  - George Li 
32 Liszt: Hungarian Rhapsodies, S. 244, R. 106: No. 2 in C-Sharp Minor  - George Li 
33 Schuman / Arr. Liszt: Widmung (Liebeslied), S. 566 (Arr. Liszt)  - George Li 
34 Horowitz: Variations on a Gypsy Song from Bizet's Carmen  - George Li 


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