In the past decade, China has entered the big league on pianists with Yundi Li, Lang Lang and more recently Yuja Wang featuring in international concerts
A documentary portrait of Chinese pianist Yundi - formerly called Yundi Li and recently signed by EMI - captures the poetic intensity of this young virtuoso as he works with the great maestro Seiji Ozawa to prepare for his debut with the Berlin Philharmonic. This is interwoven with Yundi on tour in his home country, where we meet his family, gain insight into his upbringing and are exposed to the massive scale of piano culture in China.
Yundi started his career in 2000, when he won the famous Chopin Competition, being only 18 years old, and succeeding Pollini, Argerich and Zimerman amongst others. What immediately delighted was his flawless technique and great poetry.
Includes rich material with countless testimonies, the film is punctuated by the repetition of Yundi and Maestro Seiji Ozawa in the 2nd concerto of Prokofiev with the Berlin Philharmonic, revealing a great complicity between the two artists.
Includes a bonus excerpt from a concert Yundi gave at the Festival de La Roque d'Antheron in 2004 where he performed four Liszt Scherzos magnificently and a haunting version of the Campanella.
16:9, PCM stereo, DD 5.1
Region code: 0
Original language: English
Subtitles: English, German, French
Booklet notes: English, German, French
Running time: 88 mins + 44 mins (Concert)
“The film includes interesting observations of life in a fast-changing China and the pressures of a starry career. Yet the highlight is the bonus recital from La Roque d'Anthéron, with Yundi performing the Chopin Scherzos and Liszt La Campanella.”
“intelligently structured and beautifully photographed...The warm relationship and a genuine collaboration between conductor and pianist is well captured...You will not be disappointed.”