Liszt - My Piano Hero

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All Music Guide - Blair Sanderson
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Blair Sanderson
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."
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/4/2011
  • Label: Sony Classics
  • UPC: 886978914125
  • Catalog Number: 789141
  • Sales rank: 81,769

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Piano Concerto No. 1 in E flat major, S. 124 (LW H4) - Franz Liszt & Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra (19:29)
  2. 2 Ave Maria, transcription for piano (after Schubert), S. 558/12 (LW A42/12) - Franz Liszt & Lang Lang (6:34)
  3. 3 Hungarian Rhapsody, for piano No. 15 in A minor (Rákóczi-Marsch III), S. 244/15 (LW A132/15) - Franz Liszt & Lang Lang (5:43)
  4. 4 Un sospiro, for piano in D flat major (Grande études de concert No. 3), S. 144/3 (LW A118/3) - Franz Liszt & Lang Lang (5:26)
  5. 5 Hungarian Rhapsody, for piano No. 6 in D flat major, S. 244/6 (LW A132/6) - Franz Liszt & Lang Lang (7:19)
  6. 6 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 & Lang Lang (4:53)
  7. 7 Grand Galop chromatique, for piano, S. 219 (LW A43) - Franz Liszt & Lang Lang (3:58)
  8. 8 Consolation, for piano No. 3 in D flat major "Lento placido", S. 172/3 (LW A111a/2/2) - Franz Liszt & Lang Lang (4:19)
  9. 9 La Campanella II, etude for piano in G sharp minor (Grand Paganini Étude No. 3), S. 141/3 (LW A173/3) - Franz Liszt & Lang Lang (4:47)
  10. 10 Romance, for piano in E minor, S. 169 (LW A148) - Franz Liszt & Lang Lang (3:05)
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Lang Lang Primary Artist
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