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Lang Lang

Discussion in 'Pianists' started by PJF, Oct 12, 2006.

  1. PJF

    PJF New Member Piano Society Artist

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    His rendition of the Chopin E Minor Concerto (Live on September 23, 2005) was astonishingly great in every way. The following is proof that even the pros have their, how should I say?...off...moments. Yikes.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ru84UVcP ... ed&search=


    oh my... :oops:
     
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    :roll: Is this a circus or a piano recital? Anyway, this user comment seems to be adequate: "Lang Lang is the perfect example of how a talented pianist can be totally ruined by the showbiz."
    Speaking of showbiz:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QHiYbvAi ... ed&search=
     
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    PJF New Member Piano Society Artist

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    Lang Lang would do well from practicing my credo. Outwardly limited, Boundless to inward.
    Pete
     
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    Ugh. :x
     
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    Never liked that piece, and the way it is treated by Horovitz and Cziffra. But this gets the cookie - this is absolutely bloody tasteless. I like the version by Donald and Daffy Duck better. It is funnier too.
     
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    Derp!
     
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    Lang Lang has a good day.

    Edited by moi, to remove what was probably copyrighted stuff.
     
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    Yikes. I find it hard not to like Lang Lang (he seems like a genuine Big Kid) but this is just plain obnoxious as well as totally unmusical. To hear how it can (and should) be played watch Kissin's Youtube video of the same piece. Just as virtuosic, but has all the notes right and actually sounds like music, without the circus act.
     
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    Go Kissin!! :)
     
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    I too find it hard to dislike LL. I know he can play better than he usually does; he just lets himself unhinged way too easily. Yay, Perhaia! (Kissin, too!)

    Pete
     
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    sometimes it is ok to be an unhinged loon. It keeps everyone on the edge of their seats. (That is if you can spellbind them with your 200bpm Presto intrepretation of an Etude for the Left hand :roll: )


    I like Perahia his Bach Piano Concertos are pretty darn good. (I am starting to like Bach more and more....*melts for Piano Concerto #3 & #7*)
     
  14. Anonymous

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    Did anyone who live in SoCal catch the program that Jim Shveda (spelling?) on KUSC exposing the record companies most recent desire to sign "circus-like" performers or "attractive teen idol" like perfromers rather than looking for quality? He did a comparison of Lang Lang's playing with another pianist (the other performer escapes my memory my appologies) however it was very revealing to hear these two performers back to back with the same excerpt. It is obvious by his performances that Lang Lang genuinely feels the music he is playing, this is admirable. But it is the performers job, ultimately, to ensure that the audience feels that music, rather than simply themself. This is Lang Lang's largest fault.
    And his Asian Quasi-Mullet haircut.....
     
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    well I don't like his playing very much.

    It's very impressive But what I love is that he loves the music he plays !!! There are some pianist who don't like/love there music but he loves it and gives everything for the music.

    He loves music And I love that he loves music
     
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    Whatever people think about Lang Lang, I think he is not the kind of pianist most people think a pianist should be. That's all.

    He plays like a circus artist. Some people will find that attracting, others disturbing.

    I have no opinion about this (I had, too many, so I dropped them all).
     
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    Very true. He can woo any audience by just making the most awful racket, playing 200 notes per second, and they will lap it up and stand on their toes applauding. I can see why some critics describe him as completely tasteless and non-musical.

    Yet I think there is a genuine musician under all that greasepaint. I heard some excerpt on the radio the other day from his new CD of Chinese music. While the piece itself was little more than watered-down Debussy with black bean sauce, I think he played this with great sensitivity musicality. I also must take heed of my teacher's comment, who was present at a masterclass by Lang Lang, on Mozart I think, and she said he has a very solid musical background, and lots of intersting things to say about this repertoire.

    My guess is he may well grow out of the silly antics and be a real great pianist yet.
     
  18. Anonymous

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    Lang Lang plays much better with an orchestra than alone, I think.
     
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    That reminds me of an Argerich quote I read recently, when she commented on a fellow pianist:

     
  20. Anonymous

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    Another quick observation about Lang Lang............We have had a higher density of responses to this forum topic than many others discussing pianist of....finer quality. Doesn't that suggest that though Lang Lang isn't producing beautiful music on a regular basis, he is at least generating interest in classical music as a genre.....Most non-musicians know of only several concert pianists.....and usually one of them is Lang Lang. If he is bringing people into the world of music, eventually culture will win them over and they will see past his make-up....I'm not condoning his antics, only trying to see the good in the bad.
     

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