Piano Book

Piano Book

by Lang Lang

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Overview

"With Piano Book I'm going back to my first love, to the pieces that made me want to become a musician in the first place," says Lang Lang. Is it true, or is it a marketing concept from the folks at Deutsche Grammophon? Probably the latter, inasmuch as several pieces on the album (Yann Tiersen's La valse d'"Amélie" and especially Max Richter's "The Departure," composed for a television soundtrack in the mid-2010s) were composed too late to have performed such a function. As if to acknowledge this, the album graphics also describe the program simply as a collection of piano favorites. This noted, what you get here would make an ideal gift for young pianists, who will have encountered many of these pieces in their own piano books. And if Richter and Tiersen are added to those as a result of Lang's sales here, so much the better. Lang certainly gives aspiring players an enviable smoothness and effortless charm to aspire to. There are several notable aspects, beginning with marketing: you can get the album in various versions, including an expanded one that includes actual musical scores (play along with Lang!). This is all to the good. Lang includes a couple of works from the Asian sphere and a little slice of an older time, Tekla Badarzewska-Baranowska's "The Maiden's Prayer, Op. 4." Her grave features the sheet music, and via Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys it's still a country standard, so it's nice to see a pianist of Lang's stature revive it. On balance, while this is far from an essential Lang Lang item, it's going to show up in the holiday stockings of a lot of young pianists.

Product Details

Release Date: 03/29/2019
Label: Deutsche Grammophon
UPC: 0028947974413
catalogNumber: 002974602
Rank: 3198

Tracks

  1. Minuet for keyboard No. 1 in G major (AMN II/1; by Christian Pezold, not JSB), BWV Anh. 114
  2. Variations (12) on "Ah, vous dirai-je maman," for piano in C major, K. 265 (K. 300e)
  3. A Maiden's Prayer (Molitwa dziewicy) for piano, Op. 3 (or Op. 4)
  4. Merry Christmas, Mr Lawrence, film score
  5. The Merry Shepherd Boy for piano
  6. Villageoises, petites pièces infantines, for piano, FP 65: Staccato FP 65 No. 2
  7. Album für die Jugend No. 8 ("Wilder Reiter") for piano in A minor, Op. 68/8
  8. Lyric Pieces (6) for piano, Book 3, Op. 43: To Spring Op. 43 No. 6
  9. Moment musical for piano in F minor ("Air russe"), D. 780/3 (Op. 94/3)
  10. Rêverie, for piano, L. 76 (68)
  11. Pieces (6) for piano, Vol. 2 ("Amélie"): La Valse d'Amélie
  12. School of Velocity, collection of exercises for piano: Presto Op. 299 No. 1
  13. Sonatina for piano in C major, Op. 36/1: No. 1 Andante (in F major)
  14. Piano Sonata No. 16 in C major ("Sonata semplice") K. 545: Allegro
  15. Prelude for piano No. 15 in D flat major, Op. 28/15, CT. 180
  16. Children's Corner, suite for piano (or orchestra), L. 119 (113): Doctor Gradus ad Parnassum L. 113 No. 1
  17. Clair de lune, for piano (Suite Bergamasque No. 3), L. 82/3 (75/3)
  18. Song without Words for piano No. 34 in C major ("Spinnerlied"), Op. 67/4
  19. Departure, for piano (from the film "When We Leave")
  20. Bagatelle for piano in A minor ("Für Elise"), WoO 59
  21. Prelude and Fugue, for keyboard No. 1 in C major (WTC I/1), BWV 846 (BC L80): Prelude in C major

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