Customer Review

February 3, 2009
I listened to this CD on an aircraft sound system, which may not be the best environment, but I must say I was disappointed. Quite apart from the eclectic nature of the pieces, which are fragments arranged in no particular order, I expected much more in the way of intelligent or sensitive interpretation. The problem, which occurs consistently is a self-conscious virtuosity, which has nothing to do with the music, and everything to do with Lang Lang. He clearly CAN do it - the opening of the slow movement of the Rachmaninov C minor is magical, but as soon as the music takes a more dramatic turn we are back to the sort of over-the-top flamboyance that is evident on the rest of the disc. His playing is technically OK although there are plenty of pianists that are as good, but the exaggerated changes in dynamics and tempo make the whole CD sound as if it was recorded as background music for a bad romantic movie. There are too many brilliant pianists on CD to make this worth buying.
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