Four stars

University of Indianapolis; Christel DeHaan Fine Arts Center; Oct. 25

To all who missed this recital: You missed out. The program started with five of Domenico Scarlatti’s sonatas, and was well-played, even if the works themselves were not the most interesting. The next piece was the first of the jaw-droppers for me: Ferrucio Busoni’s transcription of J.S. Bach’s Chaccone in D Minor for the violin. This work does not come off well unless played by a pianist with impeccable technical and musical skill, both of which Yi obviously has. We heard many more wonderful works, including Maurice Ravel’s Pavane, some truly beautiful Chinese songs by Jianzhong Wang and an excellent composition by UIndy student Matthew Bridgham, but it was Franz Liszt’s Apres une Lecture du Dante: Fantasia quasi Sonata that was out of this world. (Eighteen minutes of sheer virtuosity should be the real name of this work.) This wasn’t even the last work on the program, yet Yi earned a well-deserved standing ovation for it.

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