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Beethoven Concerto 1 3rd Mov. Lang Lang

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Uploaded on Nov 8, 2008

I recently heard Lang Lang in recital where he gave a very credible performance of Schubert's A-major Sonata,D.959,Bartok's Piano Sonata BB 88,Sz.80 and seven of Debussy's Preludes. A couple of the preludes didn't quite match their descriptive titles("Minstrels"was one of these)However,his over all performance of these preludes perfectly conveyed the Impressionistic style of the music to those who were present. Unfortunately, the old Lang Lang appeared in his last programmed piece, Chopin's A flat Polonaise Op.53. He threw it at the audience as a mindless virtuoso show piece.(He evidently doesn't give much attention to what is going on in the left hand when he plays Chopin). It was played very loud,very fast, and with the pedal nailed to the floor. His one encore was,unfortunately,Chopin's Etude Op.10,No.3. Imagine a night club or saloon pianist playing the opening melody and you will understand what I heard. I wish that he would have concluded his recital with the Debussy Prelude "Feux d'artice" which was magnificently played. Here he plays the third movement of Beethoven's Concero no.1 in C major,Op.15. The orchestra is conducted by his mentor Christoph Eschenbach. Hopefully, this is an example of a more mature Lang Lang that we will hear in the future.

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