(2019) Piano Book

Lang Lang

... read more"With Piano Book I'm going back to my first love, to the pieces that made me want to become a musician in the first place," says Lang Lang. Is it true, or is it a marketing concept from the folks at Deutsche Grammophon? Probably the latter, inasmuch as several pieces on the album (Yann Tiersen's La...

02:00′:58″ 47 Songs

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J.S. Bach: The Well-Tempered Clavier: Book 1, Bwv 846-869 - 1. Prelude In C Major, Bwv 846
2:19
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Beethoven: Bagatelle No. 25 In A Minor, "Für Elise", Woo 59
3:26
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Richter: The Departure
2:31
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Mendelssohn: Lieder Ohne Worte, Op. 67 - 4. Presto "Spinning Song"
1:49
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Debussy: Suite Bergamasque, L. 75 - 3. Clair De Lune
6:47
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Debussy: Children's Corner, L. 113 - 1. Doctor Gradus Ad Parnassum
2:48
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Chopin: 24 Préludes, Op. 28, C. 166-189 - 15. Sostenuto In D-Flat Major, C. 180 "Raindrop Prelude"
6:35
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Mozart: Piano Sonata No. 16 In C Major, K. 545 "Sonata Facile" - 1. Allegro
4:54
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Clementi: Sonatina No. 1 In C Major, Op. 36 - 2. Andante
1:32
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Czerny: The School Of Velocity, Op. 299 - 1. Presto
0:35
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Tiersen: Six Pieces For Piano, Volume 2 - 4. La Valse D'amélie
2:50
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Debussy: Rêverie, L. 68
5:30
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Schubert: 6 Moments Musicaux, Op. 94, D. 780 - 3. Allegro Moderato
2:02
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Grieg: Lyric Pieces Book Iii, Op. 43 - 6. To Spring
3:59
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Schumann: Album Für Die Jugend, Op. 68 / Part 1: Für Kleinere - 8. Wilder Reiter
0:36
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Poulenc: Villageoises: Six Petites Pièces Enfantines Pour Piano, Fp 65 - 2. Staccato
0:44
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Huang: The Merry Shepherd Boy
1:33
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Sakamoto: Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence (Arr. For Piano)
5:36
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Badarzewska-Baranowska: The Maiden's Prayer, Op. 4
4:26
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Mozart: 12 Variations In C Major On "Ah, Vous Dirai-Je Maman", K. 265 - Tema (“Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star”)
0:36
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Mozart: 12 Variations In C Major On "Ah, Vous Dirai-Je Maman", K. 265 - Variation 1
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Mozart: 12 Variations In C Major On "Ah, Vous Dirai-Je Maman", K. 265 - Variation 2
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Mozart: 12 Variations In C Major On "Ah, Vous Dirai-Je Maman", K. 265 - Variation 3
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Mozart: 12 Variations In C Major On "Ah, Vous Dirai-Je Maman", K. 265 - Variation 4
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Mozart: 12 Variations In C Major On "Ah, Vous Dirai-Je Maman", K. 265 - Variation 5
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Mozart: 12 Variations In C Major On "Ah, Vous Dirai-Je Maman", K. 265 - Variation 6
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Mozart: 12 Variations In C Major On "Ah, Vous Dirai-Je Maman", K. 265 - Variation 7
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Mozart: 12 Variations In C Major On "Ah, Vous Dirai-Je Maman", K. 265 - Variation 8
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Mozart: 12 Variations In C Major On "Ah, Vous Dirai-Je Maman", K. 265 - Variation 9
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Mozart: 12 Variations In C Major On "Ah, Vous Dirai-Je Maman", K. 265 - Variation 10
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Mozart: 12 Variations In C Major On "Ah, Vous Dirai-Je Maman", K. 265 - Variation 11
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Mozart: 12 Variations In C Major On "Ah, Vous Dirai-Je Maman", K. 265 - Variation 12
1:27
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Petzold: Minuet No. 1 In G Major (Formerly Attrib. J.S. Bach As Bwv Anh. 114)
1:41
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Kats-Chernin: Wild Swans Suite - 2. Eliza Aria (Arr. For Piano)
3:11
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De Lulli: The Celebrated Chop Waltz "Chopsticks"
2:10
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Traditional: Jasmine Flower (Arr. Schindler For Piano)
6:44
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Ginastera: Danzas Argentinas, Op. 2 - 2. Danza De La Moza Donosa
4:00
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Traditional: Limu, Limu, Lima (Arr. Schindler For Piano)
5:35
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Elgar: Variations On An Original Theme, Op. 36 "Enigma" - No. 9 "Nimrod" (Arr. Elgar For Piano)
4:19
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Traditional: Arirang (Arr. Schindler For Piano)
4:00
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Joplin: Maple Leaf Rag
3:28
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Tchaikovsky: Children's Album, Op. 39, Th 141 - 21. Sweet Dreams
2:39
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Khachaturian: Children's Album For Piano, Book I - 1. Andantino "Ivan Sings"
1:35
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Petzold: Minuet No. 2 In G Minor (Formerly Attrib. J.S. Bach As Bwv Anh. 115)
1:56
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Kuhlau: Piano Sonatina In C Major, Op. 20 No. 1 - 1. Allegro
3:04
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Kuhlau: Piano Sonatina In C Major, Op. 20 No. 1 - 2. Andante
3:03
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Kuhlau: Piano Sonatina In C Major, Op. 20 No. 1 - 3. Rondo. Allegro
2:47
Released 15 November 2019, ℗ 2019 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

Review

"With Piano Book I'm going back to my first love, to the pieces that made me want to become a musician in the first place," says Lang Lang. Is it true, or is it a marketing concept from the folks at Deutsche Grammophon? Probably the latter, inasmuch as several pieces on the album (Yann Tiersen's La valse d'Amélie and especially Max Richter's The Departure, composed for a television soundtrack in the mid-2010s) were composed too late to have performed such a function. As if to acknowledge this, the album graphics also describe the program simply as a collection of piano favorites. This noted, what you get here would make an ideal gift for young pianists, who will have encountered many of these pieces in their own piano books. And if Richter and Tiersen are added to those as a result of Lang's sales here, so much the better. Lang certainly gives aspiring players an enviable smoothness and effortless charm to aspire to. There are several notable aspects, beginning with marketing: you can get the album in various versions, including an expanded one that includes actual musical scores (play along with Lang!). This is all to the good. Lang includes a couple of works from the Asian sphere and a little slice of an older time, Tekla Badarzewska-Baranowska's The Maiden's Prayer, Op. 4. Her grave features the sheet music, and via Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys it's still a country standard, so it's nice to see a pianist of Lang's stature revive it. On balance, while this is far from an essential Lang Lang item, it's going to show up in the holiday stockings of a lot of young pianists.