(2014) Liszt - My Piano Hero

Lang Lang

... read moreTo celebrate the 200th anniversary of Franz Liszt's birth, virtuoso pianist Lang Lang has selected some of the composer's most characteristic pieces for his 2011 Sony release, Liszt: My Piano Hero. Prominent on this album is the Piano Concerto No. 1 in E flat major, which features Lang Lang in a...

01:05′:30″ 12 Songs

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Romance "O Pourquoi Donc" In E Minor, S. 169
3:04
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La Campanella In G-Sharp Minor (From "Grandes Études De Paganini", S. 141 / 3)
4:47
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Consolation No. 3 In D-Flat Major, S. 172
4:20
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Grand Galop Chromatique In E-Flat Major, S. 219
3:58
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Liebestraum No. 3 In A-Flat Major, S. 541 / 3
4:54
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19 Hungarian Rhapsodies, S. 244: No. 6 In D-Flat Major
7:19
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Trois Études De Concert In D-Flat Major, S. 144/ 3: Un Sospiro
5:26
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Rakoczy March From Hungarian Rhapsody No. 15 In A Minor, S. 244 / 15 (Horowitz Version)
5:43
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Ave Maria, S. 558/12
6:30
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Piano Concerto No. 1 In E-Flat Major, S. 124: I. Allegro Maestoso
5:47
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Piano Concerto No. 1 In E-Flat Major, S. 124: Ii. Quasi Adagio - Allegretto Vivace - Allegro Animato
9:33
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Piano Concerto No. 1 In E-Flat Major, S. 124: Iii. Allegro Marziale Animato
4:09
Released 02 September 2014, ℗ 2011 Sony Music Entertainment

Review

To celebrate the 200th anniversary of Franz Liszt's birth, virtuoso pianist Lang Lang has selected some of the composer's most characteristic pieces for his 2011 Sony release, Liszt: My Piano Hero. Prominent on this album is the Piano Concerto No. 1 in E flat major, which features Lang Lang in a high-energy performance with Valery Gergiev and the Vienna Philharmonic. Without a doubt, most of Lang Lang's fans will savor this Romantic showpiece, and for technical brilliance and drama, the performance doesn't disappoint. He is especially lively and vivid in this work, and his interactions with the orchestra seem spontaneous and playful, as one might well imagine Liszt would have been. But Lang Lang seems more introspective and personally involved with the solo keyboard pieces that make up the greater part of the album. Here also is the flashy side of Liszt, but there is a greater emphasis on the poetic and rhapsodic, so Lang Lang indulges in reflective pieces as much as the flashy encores. Highlights include La Campanella, the Grand Galop chromatique, Liebestraum No. 3, the Hungarian Rhapsody No. 6, and the arrangement of Schubert's Ave Maria.