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Pianist Yundi leads with quiet force at Disney Hall

Pianist Yundi leads with quiet force at Disney Hall

The Chinese pianist Yundi Li, popularly known simply as Yundi, let his hands drop dramatically from the keyboard after a powerful passage toward the end of Chopin's Ballade No. 4 in F Minor.

The virtuoso-like flourish inadvertently signaled the end of the piece, prompting a burst of disruptive applause from an enthusiastic Walt Disney Concert Hall audience — even though the piece called for an otherworldly silence to follow and five delicately voiced chords leading into an even more explosive coda.

For a while, it was that kind of evening.

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