(2010) Best Of Lang Lang

Lang Lang

... read moreChinese pianist Lang Lang has his detractors, but among the younger generation of players he's the closest thing going to a genuine superstar. Maybe it's the cherubic face, the rangy charm, or the oddly instinctive understanding that some Chinese have of American style (Ang Lee is another example)...

02:19′:35″ 27 Songs

Disk 1

1
Lang Lang
Mozart: Piano Sonata No. 10 In C Major, K. 330 - 1. Allegro Moderato
6:34
2
Lang Lang
Schumann: Kinderszenen, Op. 15 - 12. Kind Im Einschlummern
2:42
3
Lang Lang
Schumann: Kinderszenen, Op. 15 - 7. Träumerei
3:18
4
Lang Lang
Chopin: Nocturne No.8 In D Flat, Op.27 No.2 (Live)
6:06
5
Lang Lang
Chopin: Piano Sonata No. 3 In B Minor, Op. 58 - 3. Largo
14:10
6
Lang Lang
Liszt: Liebestraum No. 3 In A-Flat, S. 541 (Live)
4:44
7
Lang Lang
Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 4 In G Major, Op. 58 - 3. Rondo (Vivace)
10:19
8
Lang Lang
Rachmaninov: Rhapsody On A Theme Of Paganini, Op. 43 - Variation 18 (Live)
2:48
9
Lang Lang
Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto No. 2 In C Minor, Op. 18 - 3. Allegro Scherzando (Live)
12:11
10
Lang Lang
Tchaikovsky: Piano Concerto No. 1 In B-Flat Minor, Op. 23, Th 55 - 3. Allegro Con Fuoco
7:10
11
Lang Lang
Liszt: Hungarian Rhapsody No.2 In C Sharp Minor, S.244 - Arr. Vladimir Horowitz
9:08

Disk 2

1
Lang Lang
Wencheng: Autumn Moon On A Calm Lake
4:08
2
Lang Lang
Yuxian: Spring Wind
2:03
3
Lang Lang
Harbinger
4:04
4
Lang Lang
Du Mingxin: Little Mermaid Suite - Straw Hat Dance
2:08
5
Lang Lang
River Waltz
2:23
6
Lang Lang
Tan Dun: The Banquet - 2. Waiting
2:03
7
Lang Lang
Tan Dun: The Banquet - 3. In The Bamboo Forest
4:08
8
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Tan Dun: The Banquet - 8. Lost Days
2:08
9
Lang Lang
Tan Dun: The Banquet - 10. Exile To Snowy West
2:15
10
Lang Lang
Xinghai: Concerto For Piano & Orchestra "The Yellow River" - 2. Ode To The Yellow River
3:43
11
Lang Lang
Deylen: Time For Dreams
3:13
12
Lang Lang
Jianer: Happy Times
1:37
13
Lang Lang
Hess: Concerto For Piano & Orchestra - Movement 1 - The Smile
8:02
14
Lang Lang
Hess: Movement 2 - The Love
8:12
15
Lang Lang
Hess: Concerto For Piano And Orchestra - Movement 3 - The Duty (Edit)
7:27
16
Lang Lang
Hwai, Xing, Qun: Horses (After Pieces By Huang Hai Hwai, Chen Rao Xing And Shen Li Qun) - Arr. By Lang Lang And Lang Guo-Ren - Horses (Live)
2:51
Released 01 January 2010, This Compilation ℗ 2010 Universal Music Classics & Jazz, a division of Universal Music GmbH

Review

Chinese pianist Lang Lang has his detractors, but among the younger generation of players he's the closest thing going to a genuine superstar. Maybe it's the cherubic face, the rangy charm, or the oddly instinctive understanding that some Chinese have of American style (Ang Lee is another example). The man's hair alone is hard to forget. Or maybe purely musical factors are dominant. It may be true that Lang Lang deals in extremes of light and shade, but when he effectively sets up that contrast it will deliver a punch every time. At any rate, he has outlasted his prodigy phase and is still attracting plenty of new listeners who may be interested in a best-of collection. Deutsche Grammophon has delivered a reasonable one here, taking into consideration the limitations of the format. The label did well to include several live tracks, for the indefinable Lang Lang magic definitely comes through in these. Sample the recording of "Träumerei," from Schumann's Kinderszenen, Op. 15, and you may be already hooked by the broadly extended but irresistible final cadence. The program as a whole gives a fair representation of Lang Lang's basically Romantic repertory and dazzling technical facility. There are four concerto movements but no complete concertos, which is probably a good move since it is in large-scale architecture that Lang Lang is at his worst, and in single brilliant movements that he makes people remember him. The package contains a brief biography of Lang Lang, in English only, along with largely wasted space showing the covers of the pianist's individual albums. On balance, an album that accomplishes what it sets out to do.