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Tchaikovsky, Mendelssohn: First Piano Concertos / Lang Lang


Release Date: 07/15/2003 
Label:  Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog #: 474291   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Peter Ilyich TchaikovskyFelix Mendelssohn
Performer:  Lang Lang
Conductor:  Daniel Barenboim
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 0 Hours 59 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Lang Lang's programming choices for his debut on the venerable Deutsche Grammophon label may strike some as staid or even uninspired. Tchaikovsky's First Piano Concerto is a familiar war-horse that's been performed and recorded countless times. But, having dreamt of performing it since childhood, the work holds special meaning for him, and his breathtaking reading of it as a last-minute replacement at the Ravinia Festival in 1999 vaulted him to stardom. The piece is a virtuosic tour de force, a true test of pianistic mettle, and Lang's dynamic account of the work offers a fresh perspective and justifies the level of excitement he's generated in such a short time. He dispatches the notorious, finger-twisting passages with his characteristic Read more aplomb and fearlessness, while balancing the technical fireworks with lyricism and delicacy. The result is a nuanced, almost introspective rendering that projects a musical maturity belying his young age. Lang contrasts the powerhouse force of the Tchaikovsky with the relative calm and serenity of Mendelssohn's First Concerto. This lovely work affords Lang the opportunity to indulge his sensitive side, and he responds with some elegant, lustrous playing. Daniel Barenboim and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra contribute brilliant support to Lang's worthy efforts. Read less

Works on This Recording

1. Concerto for Piano no 1 in B flat minor, Op. 23 by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Performer:  Lang Lang (Piano)
Conductor:  Daniel Barenboim
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: Russia 
Date of Recording: 02/2003 
Venue:  Orchestra Hall, Chicago, Illinois 
Length: 38 Minutes 25 Secs. 
Notes: Composition written: Russia (1874 - 1875). 
2. Concerto for Piano no 1 in G minor, Op. 25 by Felix Mendelssohn
Performer:  Lang Lang (Piano)
Conductor:  Daniel Barenboim
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1831; Germany 
Date of Recording: 02/2003 
Venue:  Orchestra Hall, Chicago, Illinois 
Length: 20 Minutes 50 Secs. 

Sound Samples

Piano Concerto No.1 In B Flat Minor, Op.23: 1. Allegro non troppo e molto maestoso - Allegro con spirito
Piano Concerto No.1 In B Flat Minor, Op.23: 2. Andantino semplice - Prestissimo - Tempo I
Piano Concerto No.1 In B Flat Minor, Op.23: 3. Allegro con fuoco
Piano Concerto No.1 In G Minor, Op.25: 1. Molto allegro con fuoco
Piano Concerto No.1 In G Minor, Op.25: 2. Andante
Piano Concerto No.1 In G Minor, Op.25: 3. Presto

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