June 1, 2023
On July 7, 2023, the Steinway & Sons label will release the anticipated gold-medal album for 2022 Cliburn winner Yunchan Lim: the remastered live recording of his historic, complete performance of the Liszt Transcendental Etudes during the Competition’s Semifinal Round (performed June 10, 2022, at Bass Performance Hall in Fort Worth, Texas, USA).
The album (STNS 30217) will be available worldwide on CD and through all download and streaming services. It is also currently available for pre-order in the Cliburn Shop: shop.cliburn.org.
The original announcement that Lim—at age 18, the youngest competitor—would play the entire monumental work for his 2022 Cliburn third-round recital “created a buzz throughout the international piano community;” and he delivered, with a performance defined by “intelligent virtuosity and total immersion into Liszt’s idiom [that] truly defined transcendental” (Gramophone). In addition to the ecstatic audience in person that day and the 4 million people who have watched it online since, the critics were universally enraptured: “Lim displayed mind-boggling virtuosity and interpretive depth scarcely imaginable in one so young. In the semifinal round, he gave as brilliant a performance as you’ll ever hear of Liszt’s Transcendental Etudes, containing some of the hardest music ever composed for piano” (Dallas Morning News). Now fans around the globe can enjoy this once-in-a-lifetime concert for many years to come.