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Chopin: Piano Concerto No 2, Piano Sonata No 3 / Lang Lang

Chopin / Lang,Lang
Release Date: 10/02/2012 
Label:  Dg Deutsche Grammophon Catalog #: 001761902   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Lang Lang
Conductor:  Zubin Mehta
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 16 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Lang Lang's Chopin, a compilation previously available in Germany, features the Chinese superstar in a reissued performance of Chopin's Piano Concerto No. 2 in F minor, with Zubin Mehta conducting the Vienna Philharmonic and offering energy to match the soloist. Most listeners will find this 2008 performance to be the high point of this album, because the give and take between Mehta and Lang Lang provides the tension and structure that are sometimes missing in the pianist's solo playing. The 2005 performance of the Piano Sonata No. 3 in B minor is flashy and intense, and listeners who like Lang Lang for his fiery execution will not be disappointed. The isolated final track of the Étude in E major, Op. 10/3, "Tristesse," may Read more seem like an odd ending to this album, except that it has received attention in a vocal arrangement on Sony Masterworks' Chopin Album that Lang Lang recorded with Danish singer Oh Land for the film The Flying Machine. Because of the different recording dates and venues, the sound quality is slightly variable.

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Works on This Recording

Concerto for Piano no 2 in F minor, B 43/Op. 21 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Lang Lang (Piano)
Conductor:  Zubin Mehta
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1829-1830; Poland 
Date of Recording: 06/2008 
Venue:  Vienna, Musikverein, Großer Saal 
Length: 32 Minutes 22 Secs. 
Sonata for Piano no 3 in B minor, B 155/Op. 58 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Lang Lang (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1844; Paris, France 
Date of Recording: 08/2005 
Venue:  Friedrich-Ebert Halle, Alter Pstweg, Ham 
Length: 38 Minutes 21 Secs. 
Etudes (12) for Piano, Op. 10: no 3 in E major, B 74 "Tristesse" by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Lang Lang (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1836-1839; Paris, France 
Date of Recording: 06/2008 
Venue:  Vienna, Musikverein, Großer Saal 
Length: 4 Minutes 47 Secs. 

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  2 Customer Reviews )
 A Restrained Reading December 31, 2016 By owen  ryan (lakewood, CA) See All My Reviews "Right off the Concerto No. 2 seemed rather restrained, soft,or low keyed. Nevertheless the soloist seemed to play with great skill while the orchestra played a supporting role, often so much in the background as to be out of awareness. Not being very familiar with this work I compared this performance with the 1958 RCA recording with Artur Rubinstein backed by Alfred Wallenstein/Symphony of the Air. What a difference: Rubenstein was dramatic and the orchestra shared equally in dishing out the excitement. I wanted to take a nap with Lang Lang and I wanted to dance around the room with Rubinstein. I never got to Lang Lang's Sonata 3 after the comparison." Report Abuse
 Terrific September 10, 2013 By Dorothy D Woolley (Wilmington, NC) See All My Reviews "This is a truly marvelous performance of Chopin. Mr. Lang Lang is a virtuoso. I listen to this while cooking dinner. It is a true joy!" Report Abuse
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