Feb 24, 2012
The Red Piano, Yundi's latest album, is now available.
Recorded on a red Steinway grand in Beijing's dazzling National Performing Arts Centre in July 2011, Red Piano
commemorates the centenary of the 1911 Chinese Revolution and the 90 year anniversary of the foundation of the Chinese Communist Party.
Red is the traditional color of China. "Red is also the best color to show my love to my country," Yundi says. The centerpiece of Red Piano
is one of the best-known works in the Chinese orchestral repertoire, Yellow River Piano Concerto, performed with the China NCPA Concert Hall Orchestra under conductor Zuohuang Chen. The concerto is followed by a selection of virtuosic, classical pieces for solo piano based on traditional Chinese melodies and songs, several of them arranged, and one newly composed for the disc, by the contemporary Chinese composer Zhang Zhao. A bonus DVD contains two solo piano songs and a "behind the scenes" mini-documentary.
"I hope Red Piano opens a new gateway for music lovers in the West," Yundi said recently. "They may better understand the folk features of Chinese music and it may spark their interest to know more about China. ... Music is the best communication tool that does not need language and can bring people from different cultures together. My new album is an opportunity to win glory for Chinese music."Click here to purchase the album. Preview tracks here.