College of Music Program Book 2011-2012: Ensemble & Other Performances, Volume 1 Page: 4
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Piano Sonata in B minor, S. 178 ........................................ 1853
.....Life is destiny, destiny is life*
concert reviews about our guest artist
"You like to come back to a pianist such as Yi Wu, for his unassuming manner and quiet
dignity fixes the mind more firmly on the music than on the messenger. He is an intelligent,
sensitive artist. That is not to say that Wu gives up anything in the way ofvirtuosic keyboard
command. Far from it, as he is totally equipped. He is not a demonstrative keyboardist in
the sense of a Horowitz, but rather a very fine musician who just happens to be a pianist.
Every element is at the service of what the music is trying to say, and splendid command is
in evidence at all times without the technique ever sounding merely klieg-lit. Tonally he is
wonderful. There was warmth, weight and color in abundance in his playing, climaxes were
beautifully controlled, grand and imperious without the tone ever hardening"-- Winnipeg
"Thursday night's recital by Chinese pianist Yi Wu was an anthology of rhapsodic music,
delivered by one of the most dramatic yet least flamboyant pianists around. Everything
he touched was animated by a fiery energy kept under the control of a cool, calculating
artist."--The Toronto Star
"Yi Wu proved himself a thoughtful musician with a keen sense of rhythm and harmony,
flawless instincts for timing, and a marvelous sense of pianistic color that never becomes
self-serving. He held the audience in the palm of his hand-or rather, he seemed to put the
listener inside the composer's thoughts."--The Globe and Mail
*written by Yi Wu
First program of the 2011-2012 season
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