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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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Piano Sonata No. 3 in C major, Op. 2 No. 3 (Ludwig van Beethoven)

1
I. Allegro con brio 00:10:51

Lang Lang, Piano - Ludwig van Beethoven, Composer - Christopher Alder, Producer - Stephan Flock, Recording Engineer

(P) 2010 Sony Music Entertainment

2
II. Adagio 00:08:58

Lang Lang, Piano - Ludwig van Beethoven, Composer - Christopher Alder, Producer - Stephan Flock, Recording Engineer

(P) 2010 Sony Music Entertainment

3
III. Scherzo. Allegro - Trio 00:03:09

Lang Lang, Piano - Ludwig van Beethoven, Composer - Christopher Alder, Producer - Stephan Flock, Recording Engineer

(P) 2010 Sony Music Entertainment

4
IV. Allegro assai 00:05:52

Lang Lang, Piano - Ludwig van Beethoven, Composer - Christopher Alder, Producer - Stephan Flock, Recording Engineer

(P) 2010 Sony Music Entertainment

Piano Sonata No. 23 In F Minor, Op. 57 "Appassionata" (Ludwig van Beethoven)

5
I. Allegro assai - Più Allegro 00:10:49

Lang Lang, Piano - Ludwig van Beethoven, Composer - Christopher Alder, Producer - Stephan Flock, Recording Engineer

(P) 2010 Sony Music Entertainment

6
II. Andante con moto - Attacca 00:07:18

Lang Lang, Piano - Ludwig van Beethoven, Composer - Christopher Alder, Producer - Stephan Flock, Recording Engineer

(P) 2010 Sony Music Entertainment

7
III. Allegro ma non troppo - Presto 00:08:29

Lang Lang, Piano - Ludwig van Beethoven, Composer - Christopher Alder, Producer - Stephan Flock, Recording Engineer

(P) 2010 Sony Music Entertainment

Piano Sonata No. 17 in D minor, Op. 31 No. 2 "Tempest" (Ludwig van Beethoven)

8
I. Largo - Allegro 00:07:36

Lang Lang, Piano - Ludwig van Beethoven, Composer - Christopher Alder, Producer - Stephan Flock, Recording Engineer

(P) 2010 Sony Computer Entertainment under exclusive license to Sony Classical International

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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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