Lang Lang at the Royal Albert Hall
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Sony Lang Lang
At the Royal Albert Hall
New Solo Piano Concert DVD
Sony Classical is proud to release Lang Lang at the Royal Albert Hall on DVD. The superstar classical pianist performs a solo piano concert in front of a sold-out audience at the legendary Royal Albert Hall in London. The program features the three Mozart sonatas (K 282, K 283, K 310), Chopin's four Ballades and includes all eight of Lang Lang's encores.
1. Opening Credits
2. Piano Sonata No. 5 in G Major, K. 283: I. Allegro
3. Piano Sonata No. 5 in G Major, K. 283: II. Andante
4. Piano Sonata No. 5 in G Major, K. 283: III. Presto
5. Piano Sonata No. 4 in E-Flat Major, K. 282: I. Adagio
6. Piano Sonata No. 4 in E-Flat Major, K. 282: II. Menuetto I - II
7. Piano Sonata No. 4 in E-Flat Major, K. 282: III. Allegro
8. Piano Sonata No. 8 in A Minor, K. 310: I. Allegro maestoso
9. Piano Sonata No. 8 in A Minor, K. 310: II. Andante cantabile con espressione
10. Piano Sonata No. 8 in A Minor, K. 310: III. Presto
11. Ballade No. 1 in G Minor, Op. 23
12. Ballade No. 2 in F Major, Op. 38
13. Ballade No. 3 in A-Flat Major, Op. 47
14. Ballade No. 4 in F Minor, Op. 52
15. Intermezzo No. 1 in E Minor
16. Danzas afro-cubanas: Y la Negra Bailaba!
17. The Dance of Waterweeds
18. Piano Sonata No. 11 in A Major, K. 331: III. Rondo alla Turca - Allegretto ("Turkish March")
19. Davidsbündlertänze, Op. 6: No. 14 in E-Flat Major - Zart und singend (Dolce e cantando)
20. Waltz in D-Flat Major, Op. 64, No. 1 "Minute Waltz"
21. Nocturne in E-Flat Major, Op. 55 No. 2
22. Etude in D-Sharp Minor, Op. 8, No. 12
23. End Credits
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The recital is divided into two parts: The first half consists of 3 Mozart Sonatas No.5 (G major K283), No.4 (E flat major K282), and No.8 (A minor K310) with the second half being devoted to Chopin's Four Ballades.
The Mozart sometimes comes across like the work of a mid Romantic composer, with a huge range of expression, from thundering grandeur to softly sighing pianissimo. The requisite light touch is always present when called for, but Lang Lang showed himself as quite willing to indulge in rubato and free dynamic interpretation.A few of the more aggressive sforzando accents may be a bit overdone, but the wit and often simple elegance which color his playing show just what a delight Mozart can be.
The bravura passages in the Mozart Sonatas showed exhilarating flair and brilliance while the melodic lines of the andantes and adagios were graceful yet firmly profiled, with secondary voices allotted their due place.Above all, there was a measured yet flexible approach to tempo that gave individual ideas space to breathe, and placed them within their wider contexts with seemingly effortless deliberation.
The 4 Chopin Ballades showed an almost pathological avoidance of any kind of exhibitionism in regards to Lang Langs transcendental virtuosity during the lyrical sections, but when technique is called for he plays the most difficult passages with an ease that borders on the supernatural. The combination of vision, poetry and power in this music is tremendous, and I have never heard them played better.The Ballade No.1 (not to be confused with his performance at Bridgewater Hall, Manchester, shown on Youtube, where there is excessive use of the sustaining pedal during the opening)has the most amazing abundance of expressive insights ranging from Pianissimo to Piannississimo during the first few pages, making the glorious central sections thunder and sweep sound even more breathtaking. As for Ballades 2, 3 & 4 these are the greatest renditions I've ever heard.
There are 8 encores: 1) Dance of the Seaweed by Wu Zuqiang & Du Mingxin; 2) Chopin Waltz in D flat (minute waltz) which Lang Lang plays as fast as Rachmaninoff and with just as many subtle nuances; 3) Chopin Nocturne in E flat major opus 55 No. 2; 4) Lecuona's y la negra bailaba; 5) Mozart's Rondo alla Turk; where Lang Lang emphasizes Mozart's wit and humour and has the audience laughing quite a bit 6) Ponce Intermezzo No. 1 in E minor an exquisite work sounding like early Rachmaninoff; 7) Schumann Davidsbundlertanze opus 6 no. 14; 8) Scriabin Etude in D# minor opus 8 no. 12 (this final encore of Scriabin's Etude in D# minor is absolutely electrifying and in my opinion has never been played better)
The DVD menu gives you the option between 5.1 surround or 2.0 PCM stereo.5.1 Dolby Digital Surround Sound provides 2 surround channels which cover the entire audible range from 20Hz to 20,000Hz.
Lang Lang should have been shown on split screen, one window of his face and the other window of his fingers on the piano keys, the view from the over head camera zoomed in on the piano keyboard. That was a really great camera position. If each camera had it's own VTR then re-edit it and SHOW A LOT OF LANG LANG PLAYING THE PIANO ...If the only recorded video was from the output of the switcher then ALL IS LOST !!!!! Oh well, can't fix it !!!!!