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The Magic Of Lang Lang
Lang Lang
The Magic Of Lang Lang
Genres: Pop, Classical
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Lang Lang is the world s most successful pianist, the hottest artist on — the classical music planet (The New York Times). He has an extraordinary — ability to connect with audiences on a deeply personal level, transcending ...  more »


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All Artists: Lang Lang
Title: The Magic Of Lang Lang
Members Wishing: 0
Total Copies: 2
Label: Deutsche Grammophon
Original Release Date: 1/1/2008
Re-Release Date: 2/5/2008
Genres: Pop, Classical
Styles: Vocal Pop, Chamber Music, Forms & Genres, Concertos, Short Forms, Sonatas, Historical Periods, Classical (c.1770-1830), Romantic (c.1820-1910), Instruments, Keyboard
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPC: 028948006588


Product Description
Lang Lang is the world s most successful pianist, the hottest artist on
the classical music planet (The New York Times). He has an extraordinary
ability to connect with audiences on a deeply personal level, transcending
the classical music world and achieving a level of popularity rarely realized
by concert musicians. His talent and personality make him an ideal
ambassador for classical music and a role model for young people.
Nominated for a GRAMMY®Award for his Billboard chart-topping
recording of Beethoven s Piano Concertos 1 and 4, Lang Lang s visibility
will be at an all-time high, thanks to a live television appearance during
the 50th GRAMMY® Awards on February 10, and an unprecedented
performance on NBC s Skating & Gymnastics Spectacular, airing on
NBC February 9. For the millions of viewers who will be exposed to
Lang Lang, The Magic of Lang Lang is the recording to have, an ideal
souvenir of Lang Lang s signature tunes, beautiful classical works and
traditional Chinese folk melodies.
Remaining firmly fixed on radar screens throughout the year, Lang Lang is
the musical ambassador for China and the Olympics. In May he will embark
on a worldwide Olympic tour performing in 10 cities that have hosted
the Olympics. In August he will co-host the Olympic games on NBC,
transmitting onto hundreds of millions of television screens around the globe.

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Where's the Punch Line...
Giordano Bruno | Wherever I am, I am. | 05/29/2008
(1 out of 5 stars)

" in what's supposed to be funny about calling this guy the world's most successful pianist? But then, if I got in line for the punch, maybe he'd sound better.

I went to my local CD shop in Berkeley to hear Lang Lang after discovering that two of my most respected reviewer/correspondents on amazon both loathed him furiously. Now I understand why. I should have suspected something when the clerk, an old friend, looked at me as if I were crazy when I asked him to play The Magic of Lang Lang on the store system. Glad I didn't order anything up front. Lang Lang has no great technique, no fast fingers, no subtle touch. And he has interpretational gifts only a pampered child at a private school recital could admire.

How appropriate to find him joined for one last melodramatic encore by Andrea Bocelli, whose groaning makes Tony Bennett sound like Pavarotti.

Get ready, fans! Think of something more scathing than calling me a moron, or I won't bother to answer. I don't like Dinnerstein much, either, but at least she can play sixteenth notes cleanly.

A long time later - Second Thoughts...
...not about his piano technique, which isn't first rate, but about his role in marketing music to a younger audience. I read an interview of Lang Lang on NPR yesterday, during which he talked precisely about trying to recruit younger listeners to classical music in the West. According to him, most classical music lovers in China ARE young, but most of his audiences in America and Europe are a sea of gray heads. Well, as a peformer, I have to say he's right. And if he really does appeal through some charisma to younger listeners, I'll love him for it. It's not unlike the case of the Harry Potter books; they're not all that good, but if they attract children away from game boys toward books, they are very welcome."
Deutsche Grammophon must be goinging mad.
YAMAHA | Holden, MA | 02/19/2008
(2 out of 5 stars)

"Lang Lang has an exceptional talent. I am not going to make an arrogant criticism of his playing or his interpretation. You can check the reviews from his other works if you wish to read criticisms of his playing. But I do wonder if the fame he receives is reasonable. How did he become famous? His name appears before Horowitz in China. My Chinese friends don't know Yundi Li, Horowitz or Richter but they all seem to know Lang Lang. Lang Lang didn't win the International Chopin Competition. He didn't win International Tchaikovsky Competition or Queen Elizabeth Competition either. It's sad to see that the elite winners from these competitions still can't get their names remembered by their audience. As for this CD, it's mostly a reproduction of his past works. The Tchaikovsky Concerto, Rachmaninoff concerto, Mozart and Chopin Sonatas... It's inadequate that this CD doesn't even have the full movements of the sonatas or the concerti. This record is nothing but a disappointment for the classical music listeners. I am one thousand percent sure that he doesn't only play the 2nd movement of Rachmaninoff's concerto when he performs on the stage. I merely see this record production as Lang Lang's Magical paycheck to the Deutsche Grammophon and himself. I say enough is enough. This recording shouldn't have been made.
I am giving 2 stars because I feel sorry for Andrei Bocelli"
Leroy I. Sykes | Flagstaff, AZ USA | 08/30/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I am 72 and have had the good fortune to listen to many of the great pianists "in person" at various musical venues over a lifetime. I have also developed an extensive music library over the years. Comparing artists is a waste of time and effort as each has his or her own particular strengths, weaknesses and nose grabbing abilities. I've loved the interpretations of Rubinstein, Horowitz, Lipatti, Perahia, Haskill, Cherkassky, Tanyel, Lupu, Tirino, Hess, de Larrocha, Argerich, etc. etc. This does not classify me as an expert; but only as a lover of great composition and exceptional pianistic artistry. Lang Lang is a prodigy, has exceptional technique and continues to improve with age and experience. If he does not develop any debilitating health issues, I suspect he will unfailingly become one of the pianistic giants of this century. More power to him as he provides great joy to his listeners. This album is an excellent introduction to this "incomparable" artist."