The Magic of Lang Lang
Lang Lang, Chicago Symphony Orchestra & Daniel Barenboim
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||Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2 in C-Sharp Minor, S. 244 (Arr. Vladimir Horowitz)||Lang Lang||9:03||$1.29||View in iTunes|
||Piano Concerto No. 1 in B-Flat Minor, Op. 23: III. Allegro con Fuoco||Lang Lang, Daniel Barenboim & Chicago Symphony Orchestra||7:08||$1.29||View in iTunes|
||Autumn Moon On a Calm Lake (Pinghu Qiuyue)||Lang Lang||4:02||$1.29||View in iTunes|
||Kinderszenen, Op. 15: VII. Träumerei||Lang Lang||3:15||$1.29||View in iTunes|
||Nocturne No. 8 in D-Flat, Op. 27, No. 2||Lang Lang||6:06||$1.29||View in iTunes|
||Piano Sonata No. 10 in C Major, K. 330: I. Allegro Moderato||Lang Lang||6:34||$1.29||View in iTunes|
||Liebestraum No. 3 in A-Flat, S. 541, No. 3||Lang Lang||4:43||$1.29||View in iTunes|
||Piano Concerto No. 2 in C Minor, Op. 18: II. Adagio Sostenuto||Valery Gergiev, Mariinsky Theatre Orchestra & Lang Lang||12:27||Album Only||View in iTunes|
||Piano Sonata No. 3 in B Minor, Op. 58: IV. Finale (Presto non Tanto)||Lang Lang||5:27||$1.29||View in iTunes|
||Piano Sonata in C, H. XVI. No. 50: III. Allegro Molto||Lang Lang||2:07||$1.29||View in iTunes|
||The Yellow River Piano Concerto: I. Prelude: The Song of the Yellow River Boatmen||Lang Lang, Long Yu & China Philharmonic Orchestra||3:24||$1.29||View in iTunes|
||Rhapsody On a Theme By Paganini, Op. 43: Variation 18||Valery Gergiev, Mariinsky Theatre Orchestra & Lang Lang||2:44||$1.29||View in iTunes|
||Io ci sarò||Andrea Bocelli & Lang Lang||4:49||$1.29||View in iTunes|
Lang Lang's interpretation of these compositions is stunning. I would love to hear what he would do with Brian Crain's Piano Opus.
Magical this is not
Just sampling the tracks, like Track 8, the famous Piano concerto No. 2, it sounds mechanical rather than lyrical, and mournful rather than magical. And if this orchestra is Russian, then that is a sad commentary too. There are, indeed, adequate demonstrations of skill and technique, but the interpretative manner in which this track, and others, are rendered does not add positively to the catalogue of others performing the same works. Why buy this when a host of classic and modern interpretations exist that are much more satisfying and true to the score? And if youth is the interest here, then buy the 1958 recordings of Van Cliburn when he won the Tchaikovsky competition -- at age 23.
I saw him perform Rachmoninov's Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, and it was just amazing. He is an absolutely sight. If you ever get the chance, I highly suggest seeing him play live. It's an experience that is unparalleled. You won't regret investing in this man.
Born: June 14, 1982 in Shenyang, China
Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s