- Conductor: Lang Lang
- Composer: Frederic Chopin
- Audio CD (October 22, 2012)
- SPARS Code: DDD
- Number of Discs: 2
- Format: Import
- Label: Sony Classical
- Run Time: 194 minutes
- ASIN: B008PO8PG4
- Average Customer Review: 55 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #329,380 in CDs & Vinyl (See Top 100 in CDs & Vinyl)
Lang Lang: The Chopin Album Import
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World-renowned pianist LANG LANG turns to the composer who has accompanied him throughout his career on his new release for Sony Classical, THE CHOPIN ALBUM DELUXE EDITION. The music of Chopin, universally loved for its beauty and communicative power, has long been a dynamic force in Lang Lang's life, propelling him through a number of career-defining experiences. Now, in his 30th-birthday year, Lang Lang records his first album entirely devoted to the great composer's solo piano masterpieces.
THE CHOPIN ALBUM - DELUXE EDITION is a limited CD/DVD set with hardcover book packaging of the original CD plus the bonus DVD "My Life with Chopin." The DVD contains exceptional video material some of it never-before-seen home videos captured by his parents which uniquely presents key "Chopin" moments in Lang Lang's life and explains how the composer's music has played an important role in his career.
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His fabulous keyboard technique dominates - as in his Liszt accounts - the proceedings. Yet a more refined - in musical terms - approach would have been helped more in imposing this achievement in the memory of the listener. However, there is a seductive freshness in his playing throughout, while a deeply felt empathy surfaces here and there. Lang Lang scatters inspired shadows and lights in his interpretations, absorbing the vivid aromas of the score. He seems to get poetic depths especially in Nocturnes (the marvellous op. posth. one is simply marvellously played). The 12 Studies op.25 are treated as mere exercises with few exceptions. But what fabulous exceptions! For instance, the "Winter" Etude becomes a hair-raising experience when Lang Lang relishes a wild storm on the keyboard. The Grande Valse Brillante breathes an impressive air of gracious playfulness due to his comprehensive and sparkling approach too.
Surprising - and not inspired, in my opinion - the last track featuring a kind of sung version of the main theme of Etude no.3 op.10. It could (maybe even should) miss the selection of pieces included on this album.
Released quite simultaneously with Maurizio Pollini's new Chopin recording, this album by Lang Lang falls a little bit secondary. Although I consider it deserves little above 4 stars, I'll give all the 5 ones, simply for its freshness and youthful vision on a demanding Chopin repertory. These are in my opinion utterly equivalent to Pollini's aristocratic refinement in Chopin, balancing the other side of the scales.