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Lang Lang - Live At Carnegie Hall


Release Date: 03/02/2004 
Label:  Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog #: 000204702   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Robert SchumannFranz Joseph HaydnFranz SchubertFrédéric Chopin,   ... 
Performer:  Lang LangGuo-Ren Lang
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 48 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

This recital joins a starry list of famous Carnegie Hall debuts, and the programming -– and playing –- of the first item reminded me of Evgeny Kissin’s RCA debut set from 1990. The Schumann Abegg Variations is a marvellously inventive, exuberant 8 minutes, and Lang Lang really goes for it. His technique is easily the equal of Kissin’s, and on comparison I also find his tone rather more pleasing and his phrasing less four-square and dogged. Kissin’s right hand passagework is miraculous, but the Chinese pianist finds a tad more colour and variety in the inner sections.

His Haydn I find less quirky than previous reviewers, who have criticized the phrasing and rubato. Yes, it’s true he rather indulges in the slow movement, which I
Read more find unconvincing, but the outer movements have a wit and zest which is very infectious. Brendel or Schiff will give you ‘safer’ readings, but Lang Lang’s quirky edge is similar to the recent Hamelin reading on Hyperion, and that’s high praise indeed.

He barely waits for the thunderous applause to subside before launching into Schubert’s great ‘Wanderer’ Fantasy. Here, I do like his architectural overview of the piece, which can seem rather diffuse and episodic in the wrong hands. He paces well, careful not to take things too quickly too early, so that we really get a sense of cumulative impact when the fugue is finally reached. Overall, I still prefer Perahia on Sony (just) but this is mightily impressive and intelligent live playing.

The Tan Dun ‘Watercolour’ pieces are quite enjoyable, sitting somewhere between Debussy and early Bartok, and are an obvious and worthwhile addition to the programme by a Chinese pianist....

The Liszt Don Juan Fantasy is stunning in its virtuosity.... It’s an astonishing live performance and Lang Lang ... shows a genuine ‘living’ of the moods and contrasts within the piece.

The encores are nicely done, with an appreciatively straight Träumerei and an exceptional Liebestraum, elegantly shaped and executed. The ‘Horses’ bit is a throwaway oddity mainly there to give his dad a chance to show his accomplishment on the erhu, a bowed one-string affair that sounds at times like a saw. The audience, rather predictably, go into raptures at the end.

-- Tony Haywood, MusicWeb International
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Works on This Recording

1. Theme and Variations for Piano on the name ABEGG, Op. 1 by Robert Schumann
Performer:  Lang Lang (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1829-1830; Germany 
Date of Recording: 11/07/2003 
Venue:  Live  Carnegie Hall, New York City 
Length: 8 Minutes 18 Secs. 
2. Sonata for Keyboard no 60 in C major, H 16 no 50 by Franz Joseph Haydn
Performer:  Lang Lang (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: c1794-95 
Date of Recording: 11/07/2003 
Venue:  Live  Carnegie Hall, New York City 
Length: 15 Minutes 11 Secs. 
3. Fantasy for Piano in C major, D 760/Op. 15 "Wanderer" by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Lang Lang (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1822; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 11/07/2003 
Venue:  Live  Carnegie Hall, New York City 
Length: 22 Minutes 51 Secs. 
4. Nocturnes (2) for Piano, Op. 27: no 2 in D flat major, B 96 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Lang Lang (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1835; Paris, France 
Date of Recording: 11/07/2003 
Venue:  Live  Carnegie Hall, New York City 
Length: 6 Minutes 41 Secs. 
5. Réminiscences de Don Juan (Mozart), S 418 by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Lang Lang (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1841; Germany 
Date of Recording: 11/07/2003 
Venue:  Live  Carnegie Hall, New York City 
Length: 16 Minutes 24 Secs. 
6. Liebesträume for Piano, S 541: no 3, O Lieb, so lang by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Lang Lang (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: circa 1850; Weimar, Germany 
7. Kinderszenen, Op. 15: no 7, Träumerei by Robert Schumann
Performer:  Lang Lang (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1838; Germany 
8. Competition of the Two Horses by Traditional
Performer:  Lang Lang (Piano), Guo-Ren Lang (Erhu)
Written: China 
Date of Recording: 11/07/2003 
Venue:  Live  Carnegie Hall, New York City 
Length: 2 Minutes 52 Secs. 
9. Eight Memories in Watercolor, Op. 1 by Tan Dun
Performer:  Lang Lang (Piano), Guo-Ren Lang (Erhu)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1978 
Date of Recording: 11/07/2003 
Venue:  Live  Carnegie Hall, New York City 
Length: 14 Minutes 57 Secs. 

Sound Samples

Applause
Abegg Variations, Op.1
Piano Sonata in C, H.XVI No.50: 1. Allegro
Piano Sonata in C, H.XVI No.50: 2. Adagio
Piano Sonata in C, H.XVI No.50: 3. Allegro molto
Fantasy in C Major "Wanderer": 1. Allegro con fuoco ma non troppo
Fantasy in C Major "Wanderer": 2. Adagio
Fantasy in C Major "Wanderer": 3. Presto
Fantasy in C Major "Wanderer": 4. Allegro
Eight Memories In Watercolour, Op.1: 1. Missing Moon
Eight Memories In Watercolour, Op.1: 2. Beans
Eight Memories In Watercolour, Op.1: 3. Herdboy's Song
Eight Memories In Watercolour, Op.1: 4. Blue Nun
Eight Memories In Watercolour, Op.1: 7. Red Wilderness
Eight Memories In Watercolour, Op.1: 5. Ancient Burial
Eight Memories In Watercolour, Op.1: 6. Floating Clouds
Eight Memories In Watercolour, Op.1: 8. Sunrain
Nocturne No.8 in D flat, Op.27 No.2
Réminiscences de Don Juan, S. 418 (after Mozart)
Kinderszenen, Op.15: 7. Träumerei
Horses (After Pieces By Huang Hai Hwai, Chen Rao Xing and Shen Li Qun) - Arr. by Lang Lang and Lang Guo-ren
Liebestraum No.3 in A flat, S.541 No.3

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