Music - Lang Lang Live in Vienna

by - 8/20/2010

Lang Lang Live in Vienna (2 CD) Heralded as the “hottest artist on the classical music planet” by the New York Times, 27- year-old Lang Lang has played sold out recitals and concerts in every major city in the world and is the first Chinese pianist to be engaged by the Vienna Philharmonic, Berlin Philharmonic and all the top American orchestras.

His latest album, Lang Lang Live in Vienna (2 CD), is being released August 23, 2010 and represents Lang Lang’s second live recorded recital to date after the best-selling “Live at Carnegie Hall” in 2004, which marked his international breakthrough as a recording artist. He has performed the new album’s program at the world’s major concert venues and will continue to tour with it throughout 2011.

I was privileged to receive a copy of this Cd for review and I can honestly say I'm now one of Lang Lang's countless fans. While I love classical music, I'm no expert in it. Even to my plebian ears this sounded like an inspired set of music, guaranteed to appeal to a broad range of music fans.

The program for his Sony Classical debut features Lang Lang’s first-ever recording of Beethoven sonatas: The famous Appassionata, a milestone in the piano literature, is paired with the composer’s youthful C major Sonata op. 2, no. 3. Virtuosity of a different order is displayed in Albéniz’s impressionistic memories of his native Spain in Book 1 of Iberia. The program closes with one of Prokofiev’s explosive War Sonatas, the revolutionary Seventh Sonata. Finally, to celebrate the Chopin Bicentennial we hear three encores of this Polish genius’s most popular works: the “Aeolian Harp” Etude, the “Heroic” Polonaise in A flat major, and the sparkling Grande Valse Brillante No. 2.

2010 U.S. Tour Dates:

  • September 18 – Dallas, TX – Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center
  • September 20 – Santa Fe, NM – Santa Fe Opera Houson
  • September 22 – Newark, NJ – Prudential Hall
  • September 25 – Washington D.C. – John F. Kennedy Center Concert Hall
  • September 29 – NYC – Carnegie Hall
  • December 31 – NYC – Avery Fisher Hall

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