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Classical - Released October 19, 2012 | Sony Classical

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The Chopin Album is Lang Lang's first recording for Sony devoted entirely to the solo piano music of the Romantic master, focused on the Études, Op. 25, with three of the most popular Nocturnes and a handful of other pieces included for good measure. While Lang Lang's phenomenal popularity guarantees this CD's success, and his ability to play the technically demanding Études will impress his fans, devotees of Chopin's music may be skeptical of the pianist's interpretations, which at their best are flashy and extroverted. While it's not necessary to play Chopin close to the vest, with the expressive reticence of a wallflower, Lang Lang is no introvert, and it shows in the pieces where sensitivity and poetic refinement are desirable. He plays with his customary bravado in the loudest Études, the Grande Valse Brillante, the Grande Polonaise, and even in the inaccurately nicknamed "Minute" Waltz, but his expression at softer levels seems affectless, uninvolved, and rather uninteresting. While connoisseurs may balk at this fairly showy album, it is sure to appeal to a wide audience, perhaps most especially because of the inclusion of Lang Lang's duet with Danish singer Oh Land, "Tristesse," which is based on Chopin's Étude in E major, Op. 10/3, and taken from the soundtrack for the film The Flying Machine. Sony's sound is generally good, though Lang Lang's dynamic range is wide enough to make setting the volume a little tricky. © TiVo
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Classical - Released August 22, 2011 | Sony Classical

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To celebrate the 200th anniversary of Franz Liszt's birth, virtuoso pianist Lang Lang has selected some of the composer's most characteristic pieces for his 2011 Sony release, Liszt: My Piano Hero. Prominent on this album is the Piano Concerto No. 1 in E flat major, which features Lang Lang in a high-energy performance with Valery Gergiev and the Vienna Philharmonic. Without a doubt, most of Lang Lang's fans will savor this Romantic showpiece, and for technical brilliance and drama, the performance doesn't disappoint. He is especially lively and vivid in this work, and his interactions with the orchestra seem spontaneous and playful, as one might well imagine Liszt would have been. But Lang Lang seems more introspective and personally involved with the solo keyboard pieces that make up the greater part of the album. Here also is the flashy side of Liszt, but there is a greater emphasis on the poetic and rhapsodic, so Lang Lang indulges in reflective pieces as much as the flashy encores. Highlights include La Campanella, the Grand Galop chromatique, Liebestraum No. 3, the Hungarian Rhapsody No. 6, and the arrangement of Schubert's Ave Maria. © TiVo
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Classical - Released October 9, 2015 | Sony Classical

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Classical - Released March 29, 2019 | Deutsche Grammophon (DG)

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Piano Book is a compilation of post-Bach piano music’s greatest hits. Lang Lang puts together a retrospective anthology beginning with J.S. Bach’s Prelude in C major from the first book of the Well-Tempered Clavier. The piece, in fully written arpeggio, which every piano student has studied to practice fingering, articulations, and harmonic tiering is followed by Beethoven’s Lettre à Elise. Lang Lang then invites Mendelssohn (La Fileuse), Chopin (15th Prelude from Opus 28), and Mozart (Allegro from Sonata "Semplice" or Variations on "Ah, vous dirai-je Maman") The record also includes lesser-known repertoire from such composers as Badarzewska-Baranowska, Czerny, or Clementi and a few Chinese classic and traditional / popular songs from diverse parts of the world.Lang Lang has fun, especially when he plays French music. Performing Debussy’s Doctor Gradus ad Parnassum, he enjoys each afterbeat, plays with the basses, and even sings. © Qobuz
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Classical - Released November 15, 2019 | Deutsche Grammophon (DG)

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Piano Book is a compilation of post-Bach piano music’s greatest hits. Lang Lang puts together a retrospective anthology beginning with J.S. Bach’s Prelude in C major from the first book of the Well-Tempered Clavier. The piece, in fully written arpeggio, which every piano student has studied to practice fingering, articulations, and harmonic tiering is followed by Beethoven’s Lettre à Elise. Lang Lang then invites Mendelssohn (La Fileuse), Chopin (15th Prelude from Opus 28), and Mozart (Allegro from Sonata "Semplice" or Variations on "Ah, vous dirai-je Maman") The record also includes lesser-known repertoire from such composers as Badarzewska-Baranowska, Czerny, or Clementi and a few Chinese classic and traditional / popular songs from diverse parts of the world.Lang Lang has fun, especially when he plays French music. Performing Debussy’s Doctor Gradus ad Parnassum, he enjoys each afterbeat, plays with the basses, and even sings. © Qobuz
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Classical - Released September 11, 2020 | Sony Classical

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Classical - Released February 12, 2021 | Deutsche Grammophon (DG)

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Lang Lang says that he has been playing Bach's Goldberg Variations, BWV 988, from memory since he was a teenager. He's studied the work along the way and points unexpectedly to Nikolaus Harnoncourt and fortepianist Andreas Staier as figures who shaped his conception of the music, but he waited until age 38 to record the work, in 2020. The results are entirely original, and yet somehow along the lines of what one might expect. Lang's treatment is brilliant, charismatic, and quite extreme, with the slow 25th variation coming in at over ten minutes in both performances on the deluxe edition, while other variations are speeded up and emphasize Lang's skill in pure passagework. This leads one to the most distinctive feature of this release, one that may well be unprecedented: the deluxe edition includes two Lang performances of the Goldbergs, one recorded in the Berlin Jesus-Christus-Kirche, and the other live at Bach's Thomaskirche in Leipzig. What's striking is that the two performances, although both recognizably Lang's work, are different at almost every turn. Start right in and sample the opening movements, which diverge considerably in tempo, but each reading is coherent and flowing. Lang knows the work well enough that he can produce two entirely diverse readings as if they emerged organically from his thoughts. This familiarity extends down to smaller details: a distinctive feature of his readings is that midway through a variation, he may choose to emphasize an internal line in the counterpoint. He has the chops, of course, to pull this off elegantly, even if it's not in the music. So this is in many ways work typical of Lang Lang, but his total internalization of the music and his multiple realizations of what he has internalized command respect, even if not necessarily agreement. Deutsche Grammophon's Berlin sound is excellent, but the Thomaskirche recording fuzzes the audience noise of a Leipzig winter night into a sort of low-level background, with less than satisfactory results. © TiVo
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Classical - Released April 24, 2020 | Sony Classical

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In November 2013 Lang Lang returned to London's legendary Royal Albert Hall for two sold-out recitals – finishing a celebrated two-part program consisting of Mozart and Chopin with no less than eight encores, breaking Evgeny Kissin's record of encores at the same place. This 120-minute album captures the complete recital and offers an opportunity to relive an unforgettable concert experience. The three early Mozart Piano Sonatas have been part of Lang Lang's latest recital which he presented live in more than 200 concerts worldwide – the recordings that were captured at his RAH concert are also part of the new Mozart album.« Exhilarating flair and brilliance" (The Guardian)
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Classical - Released October 13, 2017 | Sony Classical

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Keyboard Concertos - Released March 14, 2005 | Deutsche Grammophon (DG)

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Keyboard Concertos - Released October 17, 2014 | Sony Classical

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Classical - Released September 28, 2018 | Sony Classical

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"Lang Lang – Piano Magic" is a compilation of a wide variety of recordings made between 2010 and 2014; the album brings together short pieces, and also some of the most popular isolated movements in piano music – which are often played as encores. In a few minutes, each of these morsels conjures up its own miniature universe, as if by magic... Hence the title. While the majority of pieces are brilliantly virtuoso, our pianist doesn't forget to include a few rather less complex moments, which put the emphasis more on softness and solemnity. The magnificent Entertainer by Scott Joplin which closes the album, is played with an offbeat wit and a very personalised idea of rhythm with a few melodic turns which Lang Lang puts a jazzy spin on, as if re-improvising the whole thing on the spot. © SM/Qobuz
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Classical - Released November 29, 2019 | Sony Classical

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International stardom has made Lang Lang into an ambassador for the classical repertoire. Sony has chosen Beethoven's 250th birthday to release a compilation that was born of a live concert recorded in Vienna, a city which has seen the birth of so many of the composer's works. The collection takes in Sonata No.3 and No.23, also known as Appassionata. These scores are an imaginary battlefield pitting the writer's contending passions against one another. Beethoven, subject to a compulsive inspiration, uses his writing to guide, even contain, this irresistible force: the greatest liberty dammed up by reason, an apparent paradox which his art summarises well. But here Lang Lang gives us an almost fantastical Beethoven. The pianist has fun with a repertoire which exacerbates contrasts thanks to an immense palette of nuances and several liberties taken with the tempos. Although his level of technique permits him such extravagances, it must be said that he is much more conventional with Beethoven than he is with Rachmaninov. You don't fool around with the Master of Bonn. The record closes on a studio version of the first movement of Sonata No.17 (the famous Tempest), recorded for the video game Gran Turismo 5. The rather grandiloquent switch between its Largo and Allegro sections makes its mark on the text. Lang Lang serves up a very literally visual interpretation of this score, built around the most epic settings that these Beethovian storms permit. © Elsa Siffert/Qobuz
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Classical - Released June 5, 2020 | Deutsche Grammophon (DG)

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Classical - Released September 16, 2016 | Sony Classical

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Classical - Released February 12, 2021 | Deutsche Grammophon (DG)

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Lang Lang says that he has been playing Bach's Goldberg Variations, BWV 988, from memory since he was a teenager. He's studied the work along the way and points unexpectedly to Nikolaus Harnoncourt and fortepianist Andreas Staier as figures who shaped his conception of the music, but he waited until age 38 to record the work, in 2020. The results are entirely original, and yet somehow along the lines of what one might expect. Lang's treatment is brilliant, charismatic, and quite extreme, with the slow 25th variation coming in at over ten minutes in both performances on the deluxe edition, while other variations are speeded up and emphasize Lang's skill in pure passagework. This leads one to the most distinctive feature of this release, one that may well be unprecedented: the deluxe edition includes two Lang performances of the Goldbergs, one recorded in the Berlin Jesus-Christus-Kirche, and the other live at Bach's Thomaskirche in Leipzig. What's striking is that the two performances, although both recognizably Lang's work, are different at almost every turn. Start right in and sample the opening movements, which diverge considerably in tempo, but each reading is coherent and flowing. Lang knows the work well enough that he can produce two entirely diverse readings as if they emerged organically from his thoughts. This familiarity extends down to smaller details: a distinctive feature of his readings is that midway through a variation, he may choose to emphasize an internal line in the counterpoint. He has the chops, of course, to pull this off elegantly, even if it's not in the music. So this is in many ways work typical of Lang Lang, but his total internalization of the music and his multiple realizations of what he has internalized command respect, even if not necessarily agreement. Deutsche Grammophon's Berlin sound is excellent, but the Thomaskirche recording fuzzes the audience noise of a Leipzig winter night into a sort of low-level background, with less than satisfactory results. © TiVo
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Classical - Released January 1, 2010 | Deutsche Grammophon (DG)

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Classical - Released February 25, 2015 | Sony Classical

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The Chopin Album is Lang Lang's first recording for Sony devoted entirely to the solo piano music of the Romantic master, focused on the Études, Op. 25, with three of the most popular Nocturnes and a handful of other pieces included for good measure. While Lang Lang's phenomenal popularity guarantees this CD's success, and his ability to play the technically demanding Études will impress his fans, devotees of Chopin's music may be skeptical of the pianist's interpretations, which at their best are flashy and extroverted. While it's not necessary to play Chopin close to the vest, with the expressive reticence of a wallflower, Lang Lang is no introvert, and it shows in the pieces where sensitivity and poetic refinement are desirable. He plays with his customary bravado in the loudest Études, the Grande Valse Brillante, the Grande Polonaise, and even in the inaccurately nicknamed "Minute" Waltz, but his expression at softer levels seems affectless, uninvolved, and rather uninteresting. While connoisseurs may balk at this fairly showy album, it is sure to appeal to a wide audience, perhaps most especially because of the inclusion of Lang Lang's duet with Danish singer Oh Land, "Tristesse," which is based on Chopin's Étude in E major, Op. 10/3, and taken from the soundtrack for the film The Flying Machine. Sony's sound is generally good, though Lang Lang's dynamic range is wide enough to make setting the volume a little tricky. © TiVo
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Classical - Released November 4, 2016 | Deutsche Grammophon (DG)

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Classical - Released September 30, 2014 | Sony Classical

For this all-Mozart twofer from Sony, piano virtuoso Lang Lang, conductor Nikolaus Harnoncourt, and the Vienna Philharmonic present a program of piano concertos, piano sonatas, and several short solo pieces that give a good sampling of the composer's keyboard output. The roster may provoke some cognitive dissonance, though, because Harnoncourt is best known for historically informed period interpretations of Mozart, while Lang Lang and the Vienna Philharmonic are more associated with a conventional, mainstream performance style. One might expect some compromise between the two camps, yet while the orchestra incorporates some aspects of Classical sound into its playing, it remains a modern orchestra of full size, and Harnoncourt doesn't ask for the tone colors and techniques he would demand of his own Concentus Musicus Wien. For the soloist's part, Lang Lang is rather restrained and sensitive to the character of the music, and apart from some showiness in his cadenzas, he shows less of the ebullience and bravura playing he otherwise shows in Liszt or Rachmaninov. The section of the program devoted to solo piano works is less of a stylistic challenge, but Lang Lang's mannered playing is a matter of taste, and listeners who like a fairly Romantic interpretation will like his approach. Others, however, will already know Lang Lang's readings are not historically informed performances and avoid them. © TiVo

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