Jan 15, 2014
Yundi to record Beethoven "Emperor" Concerto with Berlin Philharmonic for forthcoming Deutsche Grammophon / Mercury Classics album
As his landmark, 33-city Piano Dream China tour nears its conclusion, Yundi returns to Germany at the end of this month to record his first orchestral album in six years, a new release featuring Beethoven’s Fifth Piano Concerto, “Emperor,” with the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra. Daniel Harding, a longtime friend and colleague of Yundi, conducts the orchestra. The album is slated for release later this year on the Deutsche Grammophon/Mercury Classics label.
Yundi's previous album with the esteemed Berlin Philharmonic saw the Chinese pianist performing Prokofiev's Piano Concerto No. 2 and Ravel's Piano Concerto in G Major under the baton of Seiji Ozawa. The acclaimed album earned a spot in The Penguin Guide to Classical Music. In fact, Yundi heads into 2014 just as it was announced that eleven of his albums have been included in the Top 15 classical sales chart for Starsing Records, China’s largest music wholesaler. The success of his recordings is unprecedented, not only for classical albums but also for the Chinese music market.
Yundi has been tirelessly preparing for his Berlin recording session while at home in Beijing and on tour across China. The Piano Dream China tour, which has sought to promote a passion for piano and classical music across Yundi’s native country, will make its final stop in Nanjing on January 18.
In 2014, Yundi returns to the European concert stage, traveling to 25 cities from February 25 to April 27.
Discover the tour calendar here.