Live in Vienna

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All Music Guide - James Manheim
This Lang Lang disc presents a live performance, a recital at the very citadel of musical conservatism, the Musikvereinsaal in Vienna. The pianist must have taken it as a special challenge, for he altered his usual repertoire somewhat and toned down his crowd-pleasing flamboyant ways. Not that they disappear entirely; the booklet is adorned with pictures of Lang lifting his arms above the keyboard, gazing skyward, and so on. But half the program is devoted to Beethoven, not Lang's usual style, and the two sonatas heard here, one of them the "Piano Sonata No. 23 in F sharp minor, Op. 57, Appassionata," are his first Beethoven sonata recordings. The pieces from Book One of ...
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All Music Guide - James Manheim
This Lang Lang disc presents a live performance, a recital at the very citadel of musical conservatism, the Musikvereinsaal in Vienna. The pianist must have taken it as a special challenge, for he altered his usual repertoire somewhat and toned down his crowd-pleasing flamboyant ways. Not that they disappear entirely; the booklet is adorned with pictures of Lang lifting his arms above the keyboard, gazing skyward, and so on. But half the program is devoted to Beethoven, not Lang's usual style, and the two sonatas heard here, one of them the "Piano Sonata No. 23 in F sharp minor, Op. 57, Appassionata," are his first Beethoven sonata recordings. The pieces from Book One of Albéniz's "Iberia" are given rather restrained treatment, and only with the Chopin "Polonaise, Op. 53, Heroic," and "Grande Valse brillante No. 2, Op. 34/1," does he really cut loose. Nothing about the Beethoven is going to shake either Lang's supporters or his detractors loose from their positions, but it must be said that he in no way overdoes the "Appassionata," and that the performance of the "Piano Sonata No. 3 in C major, Op. 2/3," is fresh and quite distinctive; Lang uses his technical facility to breeze through the piece's spiky passagework and gives it a confident, breezy quality -- that, as it happens, is also the most attractive quality of Lang's playing in general. Lang's fans can feel confident that they'll enjoy his effort to conquer the stately old city of Vienna. Notes by James Jolly, in English only, consist largely of spoken commentary by Lang Lang himself.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/24/2010
  • Label: Sony Classics
  • UPC: 886977190124
  • Catalog Number: 771901
  • Sales rank: 4,601

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1–4 Piano Sonata No. 3 in C major, Op. 2/3 - Ludwig van Beethoven & Lang Lang (28:51)
  2. 5–7 Piano Sonata No. 23 in F minor ("Appassionata"), Op. 57 - Ludwig van Beethoven & Lang Lang (26:32)
Disc 2
  1. 1–3 Iberia Suite for piano, B. 47, Book 1 - Isaac Albéniz & Lang Lang (20:56)
  2. 4–6 Piano Sonata No. 7 in B flat major ("War Sonata 2/Stalingrad"), Op. 83 - Sergey Prokofiev & Lang Lang (20:31)
  3. 5 Etude for piano No. 13 in A flat major, Op. 25/1, CT. 26 - Frédéric Chopin & Lang Lang (4:24)
  4. 6 Polonaise for piano No. 6 in A flat major ("Héroique"), Op. 53, CT. 155 - Frédéric Chopin & Lang Lang (7:21)
  5. 7 Waltz for piano No. 2 in A flat major, Op. 34/1, CT. 208 - Frédéric Chopin & Lang Lang (5:54)
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Lang Lang Primary Artist
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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 5, 2013

    Very well played. I was suprised at how well Lang Lang played in

    Very well played. I was suprised at how well Lang Lang played in the classical style especially. Excellent Beethoven, Albeniz, and Prokofiev. Prokofiev sonata was the highlight of theis disc. Chopin however, was a little bit poorly played.

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