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Lang Lang: The Chopin Album [CD+DVD]

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  • Composer: Frédéric Chopin
  • Audio CD (29 Oct 2012)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: CD+DVD
  • Label: Sony Music Classical
  • ASIN: B008PO8PG4
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (55 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 25,807 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. No. 1 in A-flat Major
2. No. 2 in F Minor
3. No. 3 in F Major
4. No. 4 in A Minor
5. No. 5 in E Minor
6. No. 6 in G-sharp Minor
7. No. 7 in C-sharp Minor
8. No. 8 in D-flat Major
9. No. 9 in G-flat Major
10. No. 10 in B Minor
See all 19 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. My life with Chopin
2. Commentary on his 1994 Ettlingen Competition experience
3. Etude op. 10, No. 5 in G-flat major "Black Key"
4. Commentary on the 1995 Tchaikovsky Young Musicians' Competition in Sendai
5. Larghetto from Piano Concerto No. 2 in F minor, op. 21
6. Commentary on his Beijing Concert Hall experience
7. Etude op. 10, No. 2 in A minor "Chromatic" (1995)
8. Etude op. 10, No. 3 in E major "Tristesse" (1996)
9. Commentary on Chopin today
10. Grand Valse Brillante No. 2, Op. 34 No. 1 in A-Flat Major
See all 15 tracks on this disc

Product Description

World-renowned pianist Lang Lang turns to the composer who has accompanied him throughout his career on his latest recording, The Chopin Album. The record is entirely devoted to Chopin's solo piano pieces and includes well known pieces such as "The Minute Waltz" and the "Grande Valse Brillante op. 18 in E-flat major". The DVD features ‘My Life With Chopin’ which includes 50 minutes of exclusive footage showing Lang Lang’s career from age 12 to today

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5.0 out of 5 stars Lang Lang plays Chopin's solo piano works 12 Jan 2013
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The disc is a gem, the performance is riveting; a 50 minutes DVD charting Lang Lang's career from age 12 through today is a magnificent extra bonus.

The disc is a 2012 Berlin studio recording on the occasion of the 30th anniversary of the Chinese brilliant pianist and concerns exclusively Chopin's solo piano compositions. The outcome of the combination of a brilliant pianist performing works of a great piano composer is a glittering gem.

Lang Lang has a long association and fascination with Chopin:

For 25 of Lang Lang's 30 years, Chopin has been a special companion; one of the first pieces he played was the Chopin Grande Valse brilliante op.18 included in the disc: the pianist was then five.

One of the turning points in Lang Lang's career was when he took first prize at Germany's Ettlingen competition for Young Pianists playing Chopin music. That was in 1994 when Lang Lang was 12. The following year, 1995, was possibly the most defining in Lang Lang's young career. He took part in the International Tchaikovsky Competition for Young Musicians, held that year in Sendai, Japan. He was awarded first prize playing Chopin's Second Piano Concerto.

The 200th anniversary of Chopin fell in 2010 and the composer featured even more in Lang Lang's repertoire that year.

The disc comprise all 12 Etudes of the second set of Etudes Op.25 which the young pianist performs with amazing dexterity and expressive power; three hauntingly beautiful Nocturnes; in addition to the already mentioned Grand Valse brilliante, the well known and beloved 'Minute' Waltz; and the glittering Grande Polonaise Brilliante Op.22 preceded by the favorite by the artist Andante Spianato for which he comments: 'it's like a peaceful lake with gentle waves on the surface - it's one of the most beautiful melodies there is to play in the entire piano literature.'

A disc to treasure in your disc collection.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An exceptional display of talent 29 Aug 2013
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I've been on the fence about Lang Lang for several years but, having bought this album, my mind is made up. He is very talented and his interpretation of Chopin is excellent. As an amateur pianist I find Chopin frustratingly difficult and it sharpens my appreciation when I hear someone play it well, as Lang Lang does. I don't think the heavy rubato detracts from the quality - in fact it almost allows one to see Lang Lang at the piano. I especially like his solo Grande Polonaise - every note is clear and he isn't weighed down with the burden of an orchestra.

So if you prefer Rubenstein or Pollini, please go and buy their recordings. But open your mind a little and Lang Lang will impress you deeply.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Simply Superb 18 Feb 2013
By sanclew
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There is nothing more to say regarding the talents of " Lang Lang" that has not already been said, his playing is simply
sublime, he plays wonderful music with the hands of a ghost, those magic hands and an ear for music which possibly
will never be surpassed. and what could be better to here than " Chopin ".
His own interpretation of Chopins music is so individual that its like nothing you have heard before, or are likely to here
again, I would recommend this cd without a second thought to anyone, who cannot fail to love it like I do.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Lang Lang 30 Mar 2013
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If you enjoy Chopin and the piano, there is no better recording than this. Lang Lang plays with such deftness and depth of feeling that I find this recording really moving. Wonderful recording.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Lang Lang The Chopin Album 8 Mar 2013
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A very fine + peaceful album for any classical novice. Not as passionate as the previous Liszt album which I loved.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Lang lang: The Chopin Album 6 Mar 2013
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Beautiful, evocative and thoroughly enjoyable. I'd recommend it to all other music lovers who enjoy the piano and this particular version
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5.0 out of 5 stars Lang Lang 16 Feb 2013
By Rufus
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Bought this as a result of following his progress over the last 5 years. Saw a tv programme of him playing Chopin and bought the cd. fabulous.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing. 22 Jan 2013
By doodle
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Perfect interpretation for me, what a brilliant man playing exquisite music.i can't wait for the next disk to be completed.
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