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Lang Lang Live in Vienna [Blu-ray]


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Filmed live in Vienna s legendary Musikverein concert hall, this release represents Lang Lang s second live recorded recital to date after the best-selling Live at Carnegie Hall in 2004, which marked his international breakthrough as a recording artist.

The program for his Sony debut features Lang Lang s first-ever recording of Beethoven sonatas: The famous Appassionata , a milestone in the piano literature, is paired with the composer s youthful C major Sonata op. 2, no. 3. Virtuosity of a different order is displayed in Albéniz s impressionistic memories of his native Spain in Book 1 of Iberia. The program closes with one of Prokofiev s explosive War Sonatas, the revolutionary Seventh Sonata. Finally, to celebrate the Chopin Bicentennial we hear three encores of this Polish genius s most popular works: the Aeolian Harp Etude, the Heroic Polonaise in A flat major, and the sparkling Grande Valse Brillante No. 2.

Features the complete recital filmed in high-definition, an extended photo gallery plus special 3D performances

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Product Details

  • Format: Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, Classical, NTSC
  • Language: Unknown (DTS 5.1)
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: SONY MASTERWORKS
  • DVD Release Date: November 22, 2010
  • Run Time: 124 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003O2RQKS
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #79,299 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Customer Reviews

Absolutely Great performance.
Youssef
All of the playing is fabulous, and Lang Lang plays with his usual confidence.
NPUL
Excellent pictures and sound reproduction.
Mr. Graham B. Stein

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33 of 39 people found the following review helpful By R. Kreutzer on January 5, 2011
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
Video quality is of course fine, but for my taste too many cuts. Another director that got his training at MTV. Each take on average 3 seconds, with shorter takes in the beginning and longer takes towards the end. He learnt a bit or got tired himself. Overhead shots were not good enough but needed to spin, too. Your taste may differ.
I listened to the surround track of the concert (5.1 DTS-HD) and it is not that great, either. Little use of the side channels and the piano sounds not as full as it does on other recordings I have.
Normally, I don't watch the bonus program (here excerpts of the same pieces played in the Berghain club, but recorded in 3-D for a future release, sound is 5.0 DTS-HD), but someone had mentioned the different acoustics, so I checked it out. Low and behold, that sound is much better.
I don't think it's the acoustic of the room, but the microphones and the placement. In the concert, there are 4 microphones, 2 at the narrow end of the piano (which I believe don't do much for the sound) and 2 in front, very close to the piano, about piano high. In the club, there are 3 different microphones in front of the piano, about 3 feet apart from each other and about 15 feet away from the piano. Different audio technicians/directors too.
So this disc turns out to be an example of how different the sound can be based on who does it and how it is done (good or not so good). The Berghain guys did a better job and the bonus material sounds better than the concert.
"Jundi Li in Baden-Baden" sounds in concert just as good as Lang Lang in the club, DTS 5.1
The Verbier Festival Piano Extravaganza is much better recorded as far as surround sound is concerned.
So Lang Lang 5 stars, audio 3 stars
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By I. Giles TOP 500 REVIEWER on July 17, 2012
Format: Blu-ray
The first thing to say about this recital is that it gave a great number of people in Vienna a lot of pleasure - and the disc will equally give similar pleasure to a great number of people world-wide, and I include myself. I found the technical side of the presentation to provide excellent visual and sonic reproduction.

However, like all artistes, Lang Lang has many strengths to offer but equally he is not yet infallible. Consequently this recital is at its best when he plays to his strengths and is at its least effective when those same strengths do not naturally serve the chosen music so well.

Lang Lang is essentially a very emotional player and plays everything as he feels - and he feels everything very deeply. One could summarise this by describing him as a romantic. His playing contains a great deal of expression from loud to soft and especially, enormous fluctuations of tempo almost moment by moment. The most successful parts of this recital are therefore those that respond best to such a romantically emotional approach.

The two Beethoven sonatas, coming from a composer writing at the transitional stage progressing from the more formal classical period to the freer romantic period, are well able to sustain such an approach. Indeed there are many breathtakingly beautiful moments in these interpretations, especially in the slower sections. The Chopin encores respond equally well to such an approach.

The Albeniz is more of a mixed bag. The slower sections are effective in these ways but the faster sections lack the rhythmic discipline required to capture the Spanish dance elements being portrayed - and Spanish dancing is nothing if not tightly rhythmical.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By chewey on November 10, 2012
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I agree with one reviewer that the sound quality of this DVD, though very good, is a little limited in dynamic range. While the high notes are clear, the low notes are a little lacking in comparison with modern-day CD or DVD-Audio recordings, which are able to capture the dynamics of pianos that the listener can "feel". But all this comment about the audio quality should not (cannot) overshadow an excellent live performance by Lang Lang; particularly the Appassionata sonata, in which Lang Lang's artistry reminds me of great recordings by Gilels and Pollini. Very enjoyable and highly recommended.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Youssef on June 6, 2013
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Absolutely Great performance. The recording is exceptionally good and the way it is filmed allows us to appreciate the mastery of Lang Lang as pianist. The way he played the third movement of "Appassionata" is memorable; and I kept thinking how impressed and pleased Beethoven would have felt had he listened to this kind of performance.
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18 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Carl Armstrong on June 24, 2011
Format: Blu-ray
It isnt often that a pianist can play every composer superbly, but thats what we have here.And as for the sound quality,after playing it on my Sony MHC-EC55 Mini Hi Fi Component System (cost me a little over $90.00 at Walmart a few years ago but read the customer reviews here on amazon) the piano sounds like its right in the living room. This DVD proves that Lang Lang is a superb virtuoso and musician, and also sets several standards for musical excellence that have never been surpassed and rarely equalled.

With the two Beethoven Sonatas featured here, it is not just the power of Lang Lang's playing that singles him out, but also the beauty, when he has such subtle control over a formidable wide tonal range. Even at its weightiest, the sound is never clangorous.Particularly in the early Sonata No.3 opus 2, Lang Lang brings out the wit and parody, while in the slow movement regularly draws a sensuously velvety legato.The clarity of Lang Lang's articulation is breathtaking throughout the great "Appasionata" Sonata No. 23 evoking memories of Gilels, Serkin and Brendel both technically and musically, (he includes the repeat in the last movement) with breathtaking virtuosity, vivid imagination, superb feeling and expression,all of which is without sentimentality.(exactly the way Beethoven wanted it and with expressive insights identical to the Schnabel edition) No one has ever played these works better than this.

Lang Lang is also highly sensitive to the subtle nuances of Albeniz evocative piano writing, and his gentle sensouos inflexions are consistently seductive from the opening 'Evocacion' of Iberia book 1 onwards.
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