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Lang Lang's abundant technical gifts and his youthfully impulsive personality have quickly won over the classical music world, but the solo performances featured on Memory reveal a side of this musician that's far more endearing. This recital, consisting of works the pianist associates with his youthful studies hence the nostalgic title, makes relatively small demands on his technique, but that's what throws the sincerity and the intelligence of his interpretations into relief. Surely he had mastered the basics of Mozart's C Major Sonata K. 330 as a nine-year-old prodigy, but the warmth and joy of this performance -- perceptible in the rhythmic delicacy, the careful ...
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Barnes & Noble - Scott Paulin
Lang Lang's abundant technical gifts and his youthfully impulsive personality have quickly won over the classical music world, but the solo performances featured on Memory reveal a side of this musician that's far more endearing. This recital, consisting of works the pianist associates with his youthful studies hence the nostalgic title, makes relatively small demands on his technique, but that's what throws the sincerity and the intelligence of his interpretations into relief. Surely he had mastered the basics of Mozart's C Major Sonata K. 330 as a nine-year-old prodigy, but the warmth and joy of this performance -- perceptible in the rhythmic delicacy, the careful details of articulation, and many other aspects -- demonstrate a mature understanding of the composer. Likewise, Schumann's Kinderszenen Scenes of Childhood finds Lang Lang viewing youthful days through grown-up eyes, and he beautifully crafts each of these miniatures as a fleeting poetic vision. Lang Lang devotes the heart of this recital to Chopin's Third Sonata, a work more obviously adult in its sensibilities, yet one that had already found a place in the teenaged pianist's repertoire. In the Sonata's Finale, Lang Lang's fingers finally get a workout, but the real pyrotechnics are saved for a bonus CD, featuring an encore performance of Liszt's Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2 in the thrilling Vladimir Horowitz arrangement. There you'll catch the dizzyingly talented Lang Lang we already knew, but don't be surprised if you find yourself preferring the sensitive and emotive artist who emerges in the main program.
All Music Guide - James Manheim
The initial burst of hype surrounding the appealing young Chinese pianist Lang Lang was followed by an equally strong backlash alleging that he was a pure product of panicked major-label marketing. Perhaps with this disc it will be possible to get beyond these rather instinctive reactions. Despite its thematic-sounding title, it's a very mainstream piano recital with its Mozart curtain-raiser, big Chopin sonata, and Schumann "Kinderszenen," with the Liszt "Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2 in C sharp minor" as an encore on an enclosed second disc. The "Memory" referred to in the title is that of having played these pieces as a child. The arrangement of the Liszt is by Vladimir Horowitz, of whom Lang Lang seems to be seeking to become a kind of avatar. It won't do to claim, as his detractors do, that Lang Lang's talents are in any way average; the piano is a big, intimidating machine, and Lang Lang is among the few pianists who seem to be in complete control of all its parts. Sections of all these works call for one kind of sheer technical mastery or another, and Lang Lang shines in these. His light touch in the first movement of the Mozart is unmatched. His perfectly controlled use of the pedal in the first movement of the Chopin makes the piano seem to breathe; his Chopin scherzo, a fleet little piece to wow the crowds in Chopin's Paris, is very sharp indeed. Nor is it feasible to claim that the young pianist has reached some plane of perfection that one would have to describe using notions of the Kantian sublime. The balance he intends with his Mozart slow movement is murky. The rather strangely accompanied but undeniably present bel canto melodies in the Chopin don't sing quite like they should. In the end there's an X factor that makes this disc a good one for those who've heard about Lang Lang and want to check out his music. The program hangs together as a whole, and it does have an elusive quality of childhood music-making remembered. There are any number of other readings of Schumann's "Kinderszenen" that do more with one piece or another in the set than Lang Lang offers here, but there is a curiously dreamy, retrospective quality that hangs over the whole. The Liszt "Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2," which Lang Lang first encountered in the music of a Tom & Jerry cartoon, lets loose some high spirits that speak of youthful enthusiasm revisited. Deutsche Grammophon's engineers have done their utmost to make the label's new property sound good, and they pick up the overtones that roll around inside the piano as Lang Lang's pedal does its magical work.
Gramophone - Jeremy Nicholas
One constant factor in this recital is the beautiful piano sound Lang Lang produces, superbly captured by DG's engineers. It s a joy to hear.
Los Angeles Times - Mark Swed
[Lang's] tone is pure gold, and his liquid phrasing still approaches poetry. His flamboyance shows through now and then, as in the ferociously difficult Horowitz/Liszt arrangement.

One constant factor in this recital is the beautiful piano sound Lang Lang produces, superbly captured by DG's engineers. It s a joy to hear.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/14/2006
  • Label: Imports
  • UPC: 028947759768
  • Catalog Number: 1154026

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1–3 Piano Sonata No. 10 in C major, K. 330 (K. 300h) - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart & Fred Munzmaier (19:51)
  2. 4–7 Piano Sonata No. 3 in B minor, Op. 58, CT. 203 - Frédéric Chopin & Fred Munzmaier (38:22)
  3. 8–20 Kinderszenen (Scenes from Childhood) for piano, Op. 15 - Robert Schumann & Fred Munzmaier (21:27)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Hungarian Rhapsody, for piano No. 12 in C sharp minor (aka "No. 2"), S. 244/12 (LW A132/12) - Franz Liszt & Fred Munzmaier (9:05)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Lang Lang Primary Artist, Piano
Technical Credits
Jed Distler Liner Notes
Stephan Flock Engineer
Fred Munzmaier Art Direction
Arend Prohmann Producer
Christian Leins Producer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Lang Lang brilliant !

    As always Lang Lang was amazing however the technical quality of the recording could be improved.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Understanding the Romantic Heart

    Just how many 'memories' can a 23-year old pianist have? Usually reflective recitals such as this are reserved for the older giants of the keyboard and often come to us a clippings from previous recordings. But finally in this 2 CD album the much discussed and ballyhooed Chinese pianist takes us by surprise in reflecting on the works he played as a child of 11 and beyond, works from the Romantic repertoire that demonstrate more sensitivity of interpretation than we are used to hearing. The program is well balanced, opening with Mozart's 'Piano Sonata No. 10 in C major, K. 330' in a performance that embraces the delicacy of line and the technical finesse of a solid keyboard master. Yes, and even some of the poetry is showing. Lang Lang then proceeds to demonstrate his prowess and an in-control technician in Chopin's 'Piano Sonata No. 3 in B minor, Op. 58', reigning in much of his overstatement heard frequently in his live performances, and opting instead for clarity of line and dexterity of approach. The highlight of the recording is Schumann's 'Kinderszenen, Op. 15'. This beautifully introspective and gently tender performance shows us an aspect of this young dynamo of the keyboard that we have not heard. Yes, he leans into ritards, and stretches phrases like taffy, but that was the style of pianism when these works were performed. Gone are the days of the Romantic Pianists whose own transcriptions and variations were superimposed on individual performances. That is a lost art and one that welcomes a new proponent in young Lang Lang in a time when audiences search for pianists who are 'purists': this is another form of pure. And to please his countless fans Lang Lang adds the 'Hungarian Rhapsody, for piano No. 12 in C sharp minor', the Horowitz transcription, to reassure everyone that he can still burn up the keyboard and make more sound come from the piano than many of his colleagues today. Though Lang Lang is not tops on the list of this listener's favorite pianists, this CD does offer evidence that there is more to him than his playing TO the audience quirks indicate: it seems that he may be turning toward playing FOR his audience - and for the composer! Grady Harp

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Who's more important, Chopin or Lang?

    Late Chopin is excruciatingly showing us how out of his depth Lang is: take the Scherzo of the Sonata in B minor. It is played fast and with effect in order to mask a lack of organic fluidity, lack of legato. Then it crawls to a halt when nowhere in the score Chopin, the stubborn composer who doesn't acknowledge Lang changes of tempo, the Molto Vivace requests such a change. A disappointment? No, a confirmation that the "future of classical music" has nothing to say.

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