June 15, 2011 – 3:09 am

Fun and fireworks, that’s what the audience wants. And sexy too.

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Royal Festival Hall 2011 [no label, 2CD]

Live in London, UK, May 17, 2011. Ex digital stereo BBC3 (HD) webstream at 128kbps.

“Of course he played Chopin’s Etudes brilliantly - he’s an indisputably brilliant pianist - but he consistently went for effects at the expense of poetry. It was all look-at-me stuff, see how fast and lightly I can play these heavy chords, see what finger-somersaults I can turn. Going among the adoring crowd afterwards, and shaking their hands as Liszt did with his admirers, his acknowledgement of the applause was a performance in itself.”
- Michael Church, writing for The Independent (UK), May 18, 2011.

Serious music hasn’t been serious for a long time. Consider violinist Nigel Kennedy and his step-by-step mutation to rock star shocker. Or Vanessa Mae who started with Beethoven and Tchaikovsky but is currently considering representing Thailand as a downhill skier at the next Winter Olympics. The acclaimed violinist has already earned her millions.

Scale and fame is everything. Reading the English reviews for Lang Lang’s performance at the Royal Festival Hall where he positioned himself as a patron of young pianists (Lang Lang Inspires is his slogan), you can see the disdain traditionalists have for this generation’s showmanship.

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Lang Lang is a brilliant pianist. He can play anything. What the traditionalists are asking is whether he can give these old works his own soul and more. As writer Ismene Brown suggests, “not for (Lang Lang) the surprise, the edges, the unnerving possibilities of pianissimo, the gradations that can chill the blood or open up layers of distant memory”.

It is not too late to shake off the tag as China’s Liberace. All glitter and smiles. What does Lang Lang want to “inspire”?
- Professor Red

Thanks to albumleaves who shared the tracks on Dime.

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Disc 1
Track 101. Commentary (4.5MB)
Track 102. Bach: Partita No.1 in B flat for keyboard, BWV 825 (23.4MB)
Track 103. Commentary (3.0MB)
Track 104. Schubert: Piano Sonata in B flat, D.960 (69.8MB)
Track 105. Commentary (6.2MB)

Disc 2
Track 201. Chopin: 12 Etudes, Op.25 (51.5MB)
Track 202. Commentary (8.0MB)
Track 203. Liszt - Consolation No. 3 (misannounced as Schumann/Liszt - Widmung) (6.7MB)
Track 204. Liszt/Horowitz - Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2 (11.1MB)
Track 205. Commentary (3.4MB)

Lang Lang’s latest release is Live in Vienna, released in August last year.

  1. 2 Responses to “THAT’S ENTERTAINMENT”

  2. To call him Liberace is a little unfair,but it’s easy to see why it’s done,the guy is an incredible player and sometimes it’s hard to hear the emotion while he’s smashing the piano up and playing a million notes a bar (remind you of any rock guitarists?) Luv the site Thanx

    By BLUEFOOD on Jun 16, 2011

  3. Attended a masterclass gave in Melbourne just this week so tis is much appreciated Big O.

    By Erik on Jun 26, 2011

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