by Lang Lang


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Released to mark the 200th anniversary of Franz Liszt's birth, this short compilation by Lang Lang is drawn from his albums The Magic of Lang Lang and Lang Lang Live at Carnegie Hall and serves as a sampler of his idiosyncratic and rambunctious style of playing. Liszt was the composer who inspired him from his childhood, and this virtuosic keyboard music is the kind of splashy fare that Lang Lang delights in playing. Listeners will be astonished to hear the over-the-top arrangement by Vladimir Horowitz of the "Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2 in C sharp minor," which is played here with wild abandon and crashing volume. A similar wildness is in evidence in the live performance of the "Réminiscences sur des thèmes extraits de Don Juan," which brought an equally noisy ovation from the Carnegie Hall audience. Only the live performance of "Liebestraum No. 3" could be considered calm or reflective, and Lang Lang plays it with enough sensitivity to show an emotional connection to the music. If this renowned pianist remains an unknown quantity for any listeners, this CD will give them a quickly sketched portrait that emphasizes flashiness over restraint, and capitalizes on Lang Lang's easy appeal with an audience.

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Release Date: 09/06/2011
Label: Imports
UPC: 0028947798293
catalogNumber: 1154032


  1. Réminiscences de Don Juan (I & II), for piano (after Mozart: Don Giovanni), S. 418 (LW A80)
  2. Liebesträume, notturno for piano No. 3 in A flat major ("O Lieb, so lang du lieben kannst"), S. 541/3 (LW A103/3)
  3. Hungarian Rhapsody, for piano No. 2 (the "original" No. 2) in C sharp minor (I & II), S. 244/2 (LW A132/2)

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