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Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto No 2, Etc / Lang Lang, Et Al


Release Date: 02/08/2005 
Label:  Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog #: 000390202   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer:  Lang Lang
Conductor:  Valery Gergiev
Orchestra/Ensemble:  St. Petersburg Mariinsky Theater Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 1 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Lang Lang's high-octane brand of pianism has quickly garnered him critical acclaim and a large, loyal fan base. This live recording of a 2004 concert captures the exciting young artist at his best as he continues his two-fisted assault on the requisite virtuoso repertoire. On this occasion, Lang tucks into two large-scale works by Rachmaninov with his customary abandon and zeal. The dark-hued Second Piano Concerto requires formidable technique, as well as musical sensitivity, to effectively present its array of broad, sweeping melodies. The gifted pianist gives a finely calibrated account of this much-loved work, playing with power and authority, as well as expressive lyricism. Lang's fearless approach serves him well in the Rhapsody on a Read more Theme of Paganini, as he expertly negotiates the daunting technical demands of the 24 variations. The performances are enhanced immeasurably by the presence of Valery Gergiev on the podium. The dynamic conductor and the forces of the Mariinsky Theatre Orchestra match Lang's bravura with fiery playing steeped in the old-school Russian tradition.

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Works on This Recording

1.
Concerto for Piano no 2 in C minor, Op. 18 by Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer:  Lang Lang (Piano)
Conductor:  Valery Gergiev
Orchestra/Ensemble:  St. Petersburg Mariinsky Theater Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: Russia 
Date of Recording: 07/2004 
Venue:  Live  Martti Talvela Hall, Mikkeli, Finland 
Length: 36 Minutes 24 Secs. 
Notes: Composition written: Russia (1900 - 1901). 
2.
Rhapsody on a theme of Paganini, Op. 43 by Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer:  Lang Lang (Piano)
Conductor:  Valery Gergiev
Orchestra/Ensemble:  St. Petersburg Mariinsky Theater Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1934; USA 
Date of Recording: 07/2004 
Venue:  Live  Martti Talvela Hall, Mikkeli, Finland 
Length: 24 Minutes 2 Secs. 

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