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All Music Guide - James Manheim
Chinese pianist Lang Lang has his detractors, but among the younger generation of players he's the closest thing going to a genuine superstar. Maybe it's the cherubic face, the rangy charm, or the oddly instinctive understanding that some Chinese have of American style Ang Lee is another example. The man's hair alone is hard to forget. Or maybe purely musical factors are dominant. It may be true that Lang Lang deals in extremes of light and shade, but when he effectively sets up that contrast it will deliver a punch every time. At any rate, he has outlasted his prodigy phase and is still attracting plenty of new listeners who may be interested in a best-of collection. ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - James Manheim
Chinese pianist Lang Lang has his detractors, but among the younger generation of players he's the closest thing going to a genuine superstar. Maybe it's the cherubic face, the rangy charm, or the oddly instinctive understanding that some Chinese have of American style Ang Lee is another example. The man's hair alone is hard to forget. Or maybe purely musical factors are dominant. It may be true that Lang Lang deals in extremes of light and shade, but when he effectively sets up that contrast it will deliver a punch every time. At any rate, he has outlasted his prodigy phase and is still attracting plenty of new listeners who may be interested in a best-of collection. Deutsche Grammophon has delivered a reasonable one here, taking into consideration the limitations of the format. The label did well to include several live tracks, for the indefinable Lang Lang magic definitely comes through in these. Sample the recording of "Träumerei," from Schumann's "Kinderszenen, Op. 15," and you may be already hooked by the broadly extended but irresistible final cadence. The program as a whole gives a fair representation of Lang Lang's basically Romantic repertory and dazzling technical facility. There are four concerto movements but no complete concertos, which is probably a good move since it is in large-scale architecture that Lang Lang is at his worst, and in single brilliant movements that he makes people remember him. The package contains a brief biography of Lang Lang, in English only, along with largely wasted space showing the covers of the pianist's individual albums. On balance, an album that accomplishes what it sets out to do.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/24/2010
  • Label: Deutsche Grammophon
  • UPC: 028948042289
  • Catalog Number: 001466002
  • Sales rank: 26,373

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Liebesträume, notturno for piano No. 3 in A flat major ("O Lieb, so lang du lieben kannst"), S. 541/3 (LW A103/3) - Franz Liszt & Christoph Eschenbach (4:51)
  2. 2 Piano Concerto No. 1 in G minor, Op. 25: 3. Presto - Vladimir Horowitz & Felix Mendelssohn (6:44)
  3. 3 Etude for piano No. 3 in E major, Op. 10/3, CT. 16: Lento ma non troppo - Frédéric Chopin & Christoph Eschenbach (4:46)
  4. 4 Piano Concerto No. 1 in C major, Op. 15: 3. Rondo - Ludwig van Beethoven & Christoph Eschenbach (9:14)
  5. 5 Piano Sonata No. 10 in C major, K. 330 (K. 300h): 2. Andante cantabile - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart & Merle Kersten (7:30)
  6. 6 Piano Concerto No. 2 in F minor, Op. 21, CT. 48: 2. Larghetto - Frédéric Chopin & Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra (9:44)
  7. 7 Gnossienne for piano No. 1 - Erik Satie & Merle Kersten (3:21)
  8. 8 Piano Concerto No. 4 in G major, Op. 58 - Ludwig van Beethoven & Sergey Rachmaninov (5:46)
  9. 9 Nocturne for piano No. 8 in D flat major, Op. 27/2, CT. 115: Lento sostenuto - Frédéric Chopin & Merle Kersten (6:12)
  10. 10 Piano Concerto No. 1 in B flat minor, Op. 23: 3. Allegro con fuoco - Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky & Daniel Barenboim (7:11)
  11. 11 Kinderszenen (Scenes from Childhood) for piano, Op. 15: 7. Träumerei - Robert Schumann & Merle Kersten (3:21)
  12. 12 Prelude for piano No.6 in G minor, Op. 23/5: Alla marcia - Sergey Rachmaninov & Merle Kersten (4:25)
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Performance Credits
Lang Lang Primary Artist
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