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  • Orchestra: Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Conductor: Valery Gergiev
  • Audio CD (October 4, 2011)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sony Masterworks
  • ASIN: B0057LZQCO
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #20,795 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Romance O pourquoi donc in E minor, S 169
2. La campanella in G-sharp minor from Grandes études de Paganini, S 141/3
3. Consolation No. 3 in D-flat major, S 172
4. Grand Galop chromatique in E-flat major, S 219
5. Liebestraum No. 3 in A-flat major, S 541/3
6. Hungarian Rhapsody No. 6 in D-flat major, S 244/6
7. Un sospiro in D-flat major from Trois études de Concert, S 144/3
8. Rakoczy March from Hungarian Rhapsody No. 15 in A minor, S 244/15 (Horowitz version)
9. Liszt/Schubert: Ave Maria, S 558
10. Piano concerto No 1, in E-flat major, S 124 I - Allegro maestoso
11. Piano concerto No 1, in E-flat major, S 124 II - Quasi adagio Allegretto vivace Allegro animato
12. Piano concerto No 1, in E-flat major, S 124 III - Allegro marziale animato

Editorial Reviews

In celebration of his piano hero s bicentenary, Lang Lang has selected some of the most famous, virtuosic and poetic solo pieces, concluding with a stunning new recording of the Piano Concerto No. 1 - accompanied by the Vienna Philharmonic and Valery Gergiev. Lang Lang has had a special relationship with the composer following his very first encounter with his music at age two when he watched a Tom and Jerry cartoon featuring Liszt s Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2

Customer Reviews

There's noone quite like Lang Lang!
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I have listened to this cd many times since purchasing it, with much pleasure.
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This interpretation is very good, and the execution is very good.
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31 of 36 people found the following review helpful By Santa Fe Listener HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on October 4, 2011
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Since any Lang Lang release spells a flood of gold in the Asian market, and almost as much in the West, his celebrity will make this new Liszt CD critic-proof. I've regretted the bashing he takes in the classical music press. Disdain is totally unwarranted for a sincere musician with enormous gifts. Mass adulation can lead to some bad tendencies, such as playing too many concerts and not paying enough attention to your own growth as an artist. Lang Lang is no doubt subject to these things, as the young Kissin was before him. Yet he has always seemed to me to be inward-looking while still possessing phenomenal technique.

That the technique is phenomenal is proven by the ease with which Lang Lang tosses off an old chestnut, "La Campanella." It sounds all but effortless, and his command is such that he can deliver lovely nuances and touches of rubato that would be impossible otherwise. The fact that he wants to find delicacy in the music speaks well. The first number on the program, a romance on Liszt's song "Oh, pourquoi donc," established how tenderly Liszt can sound under the pianist's fingers, and he's just as touching in the thrice-familiar "Liebestraum no. 3" None of this feeling sounds artificially applied to me; it's genuine artistry.

There's some unfamiliar and some "fun Liszt" here, like the Grand galop chromatique, pure circus music for those who want their circuses populated by piano virtuosos. Lang Lang seems to bend over backward not to barnstorm too coarsely thourgh the Hungarian Rhapsody no. 6; the irony is that this album is likely to cause critics to talk about barnstorming and steely fingers, all the cliches that the pianist is assiduously avoiding.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Lucky on October 30, 2011
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It's not surprising that Lang Lang chose an all Liszt recording, as Liszt's piano compositions, when played well, are nothing short of phenomenal. In this CD the virtuosic Lang Lang has produced another milestone recording. I shall be enjoying this CD for years.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A. F. S. Mui on October 21, 2011
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Again, Mr. Stephen Flock has come up with a 'talk of the town' recording after his fiascos with LangLang/Gergiev in the Rachmaninoff Concerto No. 2 et al,and the YujaWang/Abbado Rachmaninoff Concerto No. 2 et al for DG.
Following LL to Sony, Mr. Flock gave a 'slow turntable' treatment to the Vienna Philharmonic in the Liszt No. 1 Concerto.
I was almost put off by the horrific sonics of that work when I first listened to this album in a retail shop.
Luckily, Santa Fe Listener aroused my curiosity and I bought the album and gave it a better listen at home.
The solo pieces shone like jewels.
If LL's worst trait used to be a lack of good rhythmic sense, he has greatly improved in his performance here.
The different pieces are also well chosen, as they both show off the technical prowess of LL as well as his lyricism.
It may be difficult for digitisation to catch LL's sound, as some pieces here demonstrate, since his dynamic range is clearly huge.
There is a clear tune down of the flambouyancy of 'Bang Bang'. Nonetheless, when fireworks are demanded, LL gave it in full.
Overall, a highly enjoyable disc, despite the bad sonics of the Concerto.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By P. Adrian on February 19, 2012
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This CD is my first encounter with the art of the "phenomenal keyboard virtuoso" Lang Lang. The repertory (Liszt) is a challenging one and the means rallied in conveying it by the Chinese pianist are quite impressive. A lot of bravura, dazzling pyrotechnics, fierce acrobatics, the entire showy arsenal - all are over there, under his steely fingers. At times, a fine musicianship surfaces the proceedings, with a delicate flavour of melancholy (especially in the quiet works such as Romance in E minor, Consolation No.3, Liebestraum No.3, and mostly "Ave Maria" transcription after Schubert). No less compelling, the accounts of the Hungarian Rhapsodies Nos. 6 & 15 prove a remarkable prowess not only in mastering the technical difficulties but also in getting their musical substance and authentic Hungarian aromas. A very empathic account gets the famous Etude de concert "Un sospiro", while the "Grand Galop Chromatique" is nothing but a bare technical display. The latter contrasts to other finger-bending work included on this recording, namely the Paganini-Etude "La campanella" which here gets very close to an unimpeachable version.

Of course, the chosen pieces are indisputable evergreens by the most virtuosic among romantic composers, Franz Liszt whose birth bicentennial was celebrated in 2011. The recording is entitled "Liszt - My Piano Hero" and is intended as a deep bow to the memory of the great Hungarian musician. Though, the overall rate would be in my opinion 4, I'll give this recording 5. The point missing was supplied by those who listened live to this charming Chinese pianist's performances and testify for his breathtaking interpretations, no less by those who consider his present recording as a substantial leap from the status of keyboard wizard to that of mature musician. And last, but not least it was my first encounter with Lang Lang that gave rise to a genuine curiosity to meet him again.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Natalie G. Hall on March 17, 2014
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Absolutely recommended for any classical music library. :) Bravo! If you like Piano, you'll love Lang Lang! He is the greatest!
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