Lang Lang - Liszt My Piano Hero - 2011 Valery Gergiev -Vienna Phil - Classical 180 Grm 2LP

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Lang Lang - Liszt My Piano Hero

Label: Sony Classical
Cat#: 88697891411
Format: 2 × Vinyl, LP, Album
Country: Europe
Released: 2011
Genre: Classical


A1 Romance "Ô Pourquoi Donc" In E Minor, S 169 3:05
A2 "La Campanella" In G-sharp Minor From Grandes Études De Paganini, S 143/3 4:47
A3 Consolation No. 3 In D-flat Major, S 172/3 4:19

B1 Grand Galop Chromatique In E-flat Major, S 219 3:58
B2 Liebestraum No. 3 In A-flat Major, S 541/3 4:53
B3 Hungarian Rhapsody No. 6 In D-flat Major, S 244/6 7:19

C1 "Un Sospiro" In D-flat Major From Trois Études De Concert, S 144/3 5:26
C2 Hungarian Rhapsody No. 15 In A Minor "Rákóczy March", S 244/15 (Horrowitz Version) 5:43
C3 Ave Maria (Schubert), S 558/12 6:31
Piano Concerto No. 1 In E-flat Major, S 124

D1 I Allegro Maestoso 5:47
D2 II Quasi Adagio - Allegretto Vivace - Allegro Animato 9:33
D3 III Allegro Marziale Animato 4:09

Design – Phlip Braun
Executive-Producer – Valérie Groß
Photography By – Bob Krieger
Producer – Christopher Alder
Recorded By – Stephan Flock
Barcode and Other Identifiers
Barcode: 886978914118
Label Code: LC 06868

Lang Lang, one of the most brilliantly shining stars in the classical world, pays reverential tribute to his personal piano hero on the eve of Liszt's 200th birthday. Treasuring the poetic as well as the virtuosic pieces, he performs Piano Concerto No. 1 in E Flat Major as well as Consolation No. 3 in D Flat Major; Liebestraum No. 3 in A Flat Major; Hungarian Rhapsody No. 6 in D Flat Major; Romance "O Pourquoi Donc" in E Minor , and more.

The energy, ease of interpretation and quite simply involvement in the work by the artist are unsurpassed.

That the technique is phenomenal is proven by the ease with which Lang Lang tosses off an old chestnut, "La Campanella." It sounds all but effortless, and his command is such that he can deliver lovely nuances and touches of rubato that would be impossible otherwise. The fact that he wants to find delicacy in the music speaks well. The first number on the program, a romance on Liszt's song "Oh, pourquoi donc," established how tenderly Liszt can sound under the pianist's fingers, and he's just as touching in the thrice-familiar "Liebestraum no. 3" None of this feeling sounds artificially applied to me; it's genuine artistry.

There's some unfamiliar and some "fun Liszt" here, like the Grand galop chromatique, pure circus music for those who want their circuses populated by piano virtuosos. Lang Lang seems to bend over backward not to barnstorm too coarsely thourgh the Hungarian Rhapsody no. 6; the irony is that this album is likely to cause critics to talk about barnstorming and steely fingers, all the cliches that the pianist is assiduously avoiding. Sony provides very good sound; the piano is powerful and realistic, allowing us to hear small differences in touch. Sometimes the touch is steely, I will concede, but that is infrequent and used for effect.

The Liszt bicentennial has provided an opportunity to hear every keyboard style imaginable, and when I hear Lang Lang's perfectly sensitive account of "Un sospiro," I'm reminded of Nelson Freire's quiet mastery of Liszt's lyrical side, while his flashy "Rakoczy March," if not as electrifying as Horowitz's, reminds me of the new thoughtful virtuosos like Lise de la Salle, who just released her own riveting Liszt album. None of Lang Lang's playing is cookie-cutter.

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Condition New
Format 2LP, 180 Gram
Label Sony Music
Color Black