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Lang Lang -Liszt Now (2011)

Lang Lang , Thomas Grube  |  NR |  DVD
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Lang Lang
  • Directors: Thomas Grube
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Classical, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: German, English, French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: SONY MASTERWORKS
  • DVD Release Date: December 20, 2011
  • Run Time: 184 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B005ANZN3Q
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #112,037 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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World-renowned pianist LANG LANG continues his celebration of composer Franz Liszt's 200th Birthday with LISZT NOW. The new video features Live at The Roundhouse, a 60-minute live concert from the 2011 iTunes Festival in London and The Art of Being a Virtuoso, a 71-minute documentary following Lang Lang's global celebrations of Franz Liszt's anniversary. Also included is A Visual Journey with Franz Liszt, 55 minutes of bonus content featuring video projections used at the Roundhouse concert set to select studio recordings from Lang Lang s latest album, Liszt: My Piano Hero.

Live at The Roundhouse:
-La campanella in G-sharp Minor from Grandes études de Paganini
-Un sospiro in D-flat Major from Trois études de Concert
-Theme and variations in A Minor from Grandes etudes de Paganini
Romance "O pourquoi donc" in E Minor
-Ständchen ("Leise flehen meine Lieder")
-Rakoczy March from Hungarian Rhapsody No. 15 in A Minor
-Consolation No. 2 in E Major
-Hungarian Rhapsody No. 6 in D-flat Major
-Widmung
-Ave Maria

The Art of Being a Virtuoso:71-minute documentary with Lang Lang

A Visual Journey with Franz Liszt: 55 minutes of video set to select studio recordings from Liszt: My Piano Hero

Track Listing:
1. The Art of being a Virtuoso
2. La campanella in G-Sharp Minor from Grandes études de Paganini, S 141/3 (A Visual Journey with Franz Liszt)
3. Un sospiro in D-Flat Major from Trois études de Concert, S 144/3 (A Visual Journey with Franz Liszt)
4. Theme and variations in A Minor from Grandes études de Paganini, S 141/6 (A Visual Journey with Franz Liszt)
5. Romance "O pourquoi donc" in E Minor, S 169 (A Visual Journey with Franz Liszt)
6. Ständchen ("Leise flehen meine Lieder"), S 560/7 (A Visual Journey with Franz Liszt)
7. Rakoczy March from Hungarian Rhapsody No. 15 in A Minor, S 244/15 (A Visual Journey with Franz Liszt)
8. Consolation No. 2 in E Major, S 172/2 (A Visual Journey with Franz Liszt)
9. Hungarian Rhapsody No. 6 in D-Flat Major, S 244/6 (A Visual Journey with Franz Liszt)
10. Widmung, S 566 (A Visual Journey with Franz Liszt)
11. Ave Maria S 558 (A Visual Journey with Franz Liszt)

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40 of 43 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Saw the concert. It was just incredible. Spell binding November 10, 2011
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Some strongly criticize Lang Lang for showmanship. Such criticism should be reconsidered. In the show I saw broadcast live he was called a "classical rock star". That is true. This is a classical rock concert. There were no blue hairs in the audience in London. That in itself, is remarkable; it was the first classical concert I have ever attended where the average age was under 60. The piano some times floated in fog, there were streams of images on light panels across the stage. In the showing I attended, after several pieces, the audience in the theatre stood up and clapped to the screen. It seemed totally appropriate. The performance was superb. The commentator is a bit underwhelming (one view is enough); on the DVD just fast forward through it.

Each generation needs to define its own method to appreciate classical music and to approach it through the technology of its time. I lived with scratches on LPs for years and learned to marvel at icy clean technical renditions by Horowitz. Times and tastes change. I'm quite sure what Liszt's audience in those salons of 19th century Paris heard was not cool precision. Liszt, by all accounts from the time, was all ablaze in his performances. He, Georges Sand, and others scandalized Paris; Parisians loved it. He gave them, in this repressive, highly stratified society, new ways to see themselves, new ways to think about liberty. Lang Lang, for this new generation of classical listeners, shares that fire. My 17 year old son, a fine pianist, was hypnotized by the spectacle. He came home and started playing for 40 minutes. It was 11:30 pm when he started. In twenty years, almost all of the current blue haired classical music lovers will be in the grave or in rest homes, myself included. It is time to listen in a new way.
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18 of 21 people found the following review helpful
By NPUL
Format:DVD
This is my favorite (I have the bluray) piano concert in my well over 50 that I have collected ranging from Rubinstein to Horowitz, Glenn Gould, and everything in between. Those who do not like Lang Lang's unique way of presenting a concert need not comment because this was not made for the classical music snobs (which most people, and I would agree) contribute to classical music's demise. If you want classical music to survive, then you need to support artists who make videos like this. There's no written rule that says a concert must be done a certain way. If you're going to comment, comment on the actual music and not everything else going on. Lang Lang is brilliant. Don't hesitate to get this, unless you're also against buying and wearing jeans that have holes in them, too. It's 2011 so let's stop acting like it's still 1930.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Classical Fusion July 1, 2012
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Lang Lang played some good music recorded in the Blu-ray. The sound was good and the performance, from what I can see, is good. However, the same could not be said about the video editing. The scenes are no longer than 2 seconds. I suppose the person who did the video editing thought that this is a rap/pop/dance concert and kept on cutting between different cameras. That makes watching the virtuoso performance very difficult. This technique is used in that pop culture to hide the fact all those movements since the music is simple and the dancing repetitive. It would be hard to say what the viewing experience would be like should a more conventional video editing technique is used.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars DVD vs CD July 4, 2012
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It is a pop concert format. Visually stunning but there is very little to show how the music is produced.
Camera work is very distracting, changing scenes every second.
About 5 minutes in total of the program shows how the pianist produces this magic.
If you are a fan of Lang Lang's playing then I recommend you buy a CD of the concert rather than the DVD.
Surely the reason for a film of a pianist is to see how he/she makes the music.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Energy for new audiences February 12, 2012
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I greatly enjoyed the Blu-ray of Lang Lang's Liszt concert. He is bringing something fresh and exciting to music. The speed of the camera shifts is certainly meant for a young audience,and together with the lighting and special effects...it has pop concert overtones with all the energy, technical skill and passion that Lang Lang brings to his performances. His Live In Vienna Blu-ray might better suit more traditional concert goers, but it is great to see Lang Lang's style connecting with new audiences.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars He is the bridge July 29, 2012
By Darwin
Format:DVD
Lang Lang is himself. That is his talent. We should do exactly what his teacher did many years ago. Let him play his music without interrupting him even if he maybe exaggerating. Tweet him your constructive comments afterwards. Why should we draw a cycle to surround him or to create restriction for someone to be himself? He wants to pass his classical music to the next generation, so he does that exactly by using young people's language on this latest DVD. Perhaps a middle age man like me will not like the DVD's visual presentation because of the constant flashing of visual images. Perhaps, I am like other traditional audiences who prefer Lang Lang in Vienna that not one moment the camera was point away from him. But we should not put ourselves over the benefit of next generation. Now a days, I need to email, text, SMS, facebook, twitter & MSN to my kids. We are all purchasing goods from the internet now without caring about how past generations bought goods from retail stores. The world is moving forward as well as the next generation audience. It doesn't matter if it is a rock show or untraditional classical piano music performance. Freedom should apply to him and his producer. Let them be themselves and let next generation make their own judgements. He is the bridge to connect different generation together via classical music!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Excellent!
Published 2 days ago by STEPHEN N.
5.0 out of 5 stars exelent
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Published 14 days ago by Gerardo Saenz Garduno
3.0 out of 5 stars Overproduced show but superb music
First and foremost, Lang Lang is one of his generation's finest overall pianists spanning the core repetoire. Read more
Published 22 days ago by Alan Lekan
5.0 out of 5 stars Inspirational Story... Talent... for all Nations
Liszt and Lang Lang, there's never been a better relationship. If you have never listened to Liszt then this is the best introduction to the world of Liszt and Lang Lang.
Published 13 months ago by Lei Mosese
3.0 out of 5 stars Too much of crowd-pleasing effort.
Lang Lang plays real good, but he was spending too much time crowd-pleasing. Would be nice to have more actual piano playing footage.
Published 14 months ago by E. LEE
5.0 out of 5 stars FANTASTIC !
We enjoyed very much this concert in family. We recomend this DVD specially for children who love piano. Very nice selection also.
Published 15 months ago by EDMUNDO ARAYA
5.0 out of 5 stars musical genius
I can only be in awe of his pianistic skills. The man is a genius. There is no difficulty in viewing this performance over and over again.
Published 21 months ago by Tonhy Bothroyd
5.0 out of 5 stars Sharing his style of classical music with the world
Not only is the performance in London wonderful but the section on his life is very educational. Wish they would have interpreted the conversations with his parents.
Published 21 months ago by Shirley Kaestner
5.0 out of 5 stars Ten Star Rating ! ! !
Now, let me bee very clear..... most classical music DVD's must have been processed by Thomas Edison, they are so poor in both audio and video quality, this is saying nothing about... Read more
Published 21 months ago by James T. Parsons
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