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Chopin: Piano Concertos

Chopin: Piano Concertos

22 Sep 2009
4.2 out of 5 stars 13 customer reviews

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  • Original Release Date: 22 Sept. 2009
  • Release Date: 22 Sept. 2009
  • Label: Denon
  • Copyright: (C) 2009 SLG, LLC
  • Total Length: 1:11:42
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  • ASIN: B002PLLFBK
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars 13 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 328,288 in Albums (See Top 100 in Albums)
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Subtlety and comprehension are words which don't exist for Lang Lang, judging from the live performances I have seen from him over the years. It's certainly true for a live performance of the second Chopin Piano Concerto in F minor that I heard earlier this week, here in New York City at Carnegie Hall, with him accompanied by conductor Zubin Mehta and the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra. He seemed to rush through the first movement (Maestoso), barely allowing the venerable Viennese orchestra to keep pace. The only distinguished playing was, surprisingly, in the second movement (Larghetto), in which his performance was remarkably quite restrained. After the applause ended at the end of the performance, he concluded his appearance with a Rachmaninoffesque interpretation of a long-time Chopin favorite, the Polonaise in A Flat Major (Or rather, as I remarked to an usher at the time, Lang Lang was demonstrating that he was ready and willing to step in for keyboard musician and arranger Guy Babylon as the newest member of the Elton John Band, playing the Chopin piece as if it was the Elton John classic "Bennie and the Jets".).

As for this recording, I'm not really impressed. Of course the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra sounds magnificient. But I think there is something missing in Lang Lang's less than subtle approach to both Chopin piano concerti. Technically and lyrically, his performances of both piano concerti are fine. But I wouldn't call this a distinguished recording simply because Lang Lang lacks the empathy I have either seen or heard from pianists as diverse as Claudio Arrau, Maurizio Pollini, Murray Perahia, or Lang Lang's fellow countryman, Yundi Li. He's definitely a keyboard wizard with respect to his technical mastery of the piano keyboard, but he's not someone who can play with as much compassion or understanding of these works that I have heard from the pianists I've cited or others.
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One of the best recordings of the two Chopin Piano Concertos. Orchestra better than the Perahia recording , playing more mature than Kissin recording. Second Piano Concerto not quite as good as Ashkenazy/LSO--which is for me the best on the market(but no First Piano Concerto on this disc). Very beautifully played by Lang Lang.
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This pianist is clealy in love with himself, but not with the music. Shallow showmanship and sterile athleticism abound in the both performances. It makes me wonder what's wrong with all the critics and the classical music industry nowadays, let alone audiences who can not distinguish between meer technical brilliance and real artistry!

Between the 50s and 70s, the level of the technical accomplishment this pianist displays was just a starting point for most of the world-class pianist like Byron Janis, Leon Fleisher, Robert Casadesus, William Kapell, Emil Gilels, not to mention the giants of pianism like Richter, Rubinstein and Horowitz. Purly from technical point of view, they were far far superior to this pianist and they were relentlessly critical of themselves, tirelessly striving for the essence of the music they played, seeking that rare moment where the physical touches the divine.

I don't get slightest sense of that in Lang Lang's playing. It just represents the deplorable state of today's pianism and vulgar commercialism of classical music industry in general.
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I bought this CD after seeing Lang Lang perform Chopin's 2nd Piano Concerto at this years Promenade Concerts. I was so moved by his light romantic interpretation, and both concertos on this CD are a delight.
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This is an excellent CD. The recording is great and Lang Lang's playing for me is beautiful.He combines passion and accuracy and touch into a perfect balance.
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Brilliant Mr Lang Lang as always.
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What can one say about Lang Lang, he never disappoints, I have admired his preformances since I first heard him play, to me he can do no wrong
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