Lang Lang: The Chopin Album / Lang Lang, piano

Album Summary

>Chopin, Frédéric : Etudes (12) for Piano, Op. 25
>Chopin, Frédéric : Nocturne for piano no 16 in E flat major, Op. 55/2, CT. 123
>Chopin, Frédéric : Nocturne for piano no 4 in F major, Op. 15/1, CT. 111
>Chopin, Frédéric : Waltz for Piano in E flat major, B 62/Op. 18 "Grande valse brillante"
>Chopin, Frédéric : Andante spianato et Grand polonaise brillante in E flat major, Op. 22
>Chopin, Frédéric : Nocturne for piano in C sharp minor (doubtful), KK Anh.Ia/6
>Chopin, Frédéric : Waltz for piano no 6 in D flat major ("Minute"), Op. 64/1, CT. 212
>Chopin, Frédéric : Etude for piano no 3 in E major, Op. 10/3, CT. 16
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Notes & Reviews:

World-renowned pianist LANG LANG turns to the composer who has accompanied him throughout his career on his new release for Sony Classical, THE CHOPIN ALBUM. The music of Chopin, universally loved for its beauty and communicative power, has long been a dynamic force in Lang Lang's life, propelling him through a number of career-defining experiences. Now, in his 30th-birthday years, Lang Lang records his first album entirely devoted to the great composer's solo piano masterpieces. Chopin "speaks with such a universal voice," says Lang Lang. "I genuinely believe he's a true ambassador for classical music among the great composers. He appeals to everyone."

One of the first pieces Lang Lang learned was the Grande Valse brilliante in E-flat major, Op. 18 (included on this album), and it was Chopin's music that also carried him through a number of career-changing competitions, including Ettlligner (Germany) in 1994 and the International Tchaikovsky Competition for Young Musicians in Sendai (Japan) in 1995, when he took First Prize performing Chopin's Second Piano Concert. And it was with the Chopin Etudes that Lang Lang made his now-renowned Beijin Concert Hall recital at age 14 - a performance that led to his studying with Gary Graffman at the Curtis institute in Philadelphia. The Chopin Album includes the second set of Chopin's Etudes (Op. 25), the Andante spianato & Grande Polonaise and a selection of shorter works that he has long enjoyed performing, including three Nocturnes and the Waltz, Op. 64, No. 1, popularly known as the "Minute" Watlz.

American Record Guide, March / April 2013
His interpretations are convincing: attentive to Etude 1's textures, he brings out the arpeggios and bass notes with a rich sound. In No. 11 he brings out dynamic contrasts brilliantly and performs the cascading 16th notes with furious intensity. The 16th notes threaten to overwhelm the theme completely. In the same way, he pounds No. 12 enthusiastically. The technical brilliance and effortless stamina is there.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Berlin, Rundfunk-Zentrum.



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Works Details

>Frédéric Chopin (1810 - 1849) : Etudes (12) for Piano, Op. 25
  • Performer: Lang Lang (Piano)
  • Notes: Berlin, Rundfunk-Zentrum (06/07/2012-06/11/2012)
  • Running Time: 30 min. 25 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1835-1837

>Frédéric Chopin (1810 - 1849) : Nocturne for piano no 16 in E flat major, Op. 55/2, CT. 123
  • Performer: Lang Lang (Piano)
  • Notes: Berlin, Rundfunk-Zentrum (06/07/2012-06/11/2012)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 6 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1842-1844

>Frédéric Chopin (1810 - 1849) : Nocturne for piano no 4 in F major, Op. 15/1, CT. 111
  • Performer: Lang Lang (Piano)
  • Notes: Berlin, Rundfunk-Zentrum (06/07/2012-06/11/2012)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 24 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1830-1832

>Frédéric Chopin (1810 - 1849) : Waltz for Piano in E flat major, B 62/Op. 18 "Grande valse brillante"
  • Performer: Lang Lang (Piano)
  • Notes: Berlin, Rundfunk-Zentrum (06/07/2012-06/11/2012)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 47 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1831-1832

>Frédéric Chopin (1810 - 1849) : Andante spianato et Grand polonaise brillante in E flat major, Op. 22
  • Performer: Lang Lang (Piano)
  • Notes: Berlin, Rundfunk-Zentrum (06/07/2012-06/11/2012)
  • Running Time: 15 min. 16 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1830-1835

>Frédéric Chopin (1810 - 1849) : Nocturne for piano in C sharp minor (doubtful), KK Anh.Ia/6
  • Performer: Lang Lang (Piano)
  • Notes: Berlin, Rundfunk-Zentrum (06/07/2012-06/11/2012)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 42 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic

>Frédéric Chopin (1810 - 1849) : Waltz for piano no 6 in D flat major ("Minute"), Op. 64/1, CT. 212
  • Performer: Lang Lang (Piano)
  • Notes: Berlin, Rundfunk-Zentrum (06/07/2012-06/11/2012)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 10 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1846-1847

>Frédéric Chopin (1810 - 1849) : Etude for piano no 3 in E major, Op. 10/3, CT. 16
  • Performers: Oh Land; Lang Lang (Piano)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 13 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1832