With this collection, Lang Lang goes back to his first love - to the pieces that made him want to become a musician in the first place. Rediscovering the most popular and accessible pieces written for learners and lovers of the piano, this album is a journey; of inspiration, of discovery, fantasy and learning. It is a moment for Lang Lang to illuminate these classic pieces as the masterworks they truly are. It is also a reflection on the music that influenced him most during his early childhood, later in life coping with difficult moments, and working with young piano learners around the world.
Music canRead more change lives and Piano Book tells this story.
What you get here would make an ideal gift for young pianists, who will have encountered many of these pieces in their own piano books. Lang Lang certainly gives aspiring players an enviable smoothness and effortless charm to aspire to. He includes a couple of works from the Asian sphere and a little slice of an older time, Tekla Badarzewska-Baranowska's The Maiden's Prayer, Op. 4. Her grave features the sheet music, and via Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys it's still a country standard, so it's nice to see a pianist of his stature revive it. On balance, while this is far from an essential Lang Lang item, it's going to show up in the holiday stockings of a lot of young pianists.