With this CD
giveaway, FanFaire in partnership with DEUTSCHE GRAMOPHONE
yet again, welcomes pianist LANG LANG to its roster of featured artists.
Lang Lang's first
Beethoven recording, the CD album marks a welcome milestone in the
artistic development of the much lionized, young piano virtuoso from
China. He plays Piano Concertos No. 1 (early Beethoven) and 4 (mature
Beethoven) in collaboration with Christoph Eschenbach conducting the
Orchestre de Paris. Together they engage in a dialogue of remarkable
musicianship, the inevitable result of the profound and productive
relationship that has evolved between mentor (Eschenbach, who is a
noted pianist himself) and protege (Lang) since their first encounter
at the Ravinia Festival in 1999 when he first burst into the international
The digital dexterity for which Lang Lang has been universally acclaimed
continues to dazzle the listener - whose enjoyment of this recording
can only be enhanced by an ever growing sense of a direct connect
between the pianist's virtuosity and his mind and heart; and, the
CD cover notwithstanding, of a palpably subdued and disciplined showmanship.
Could this be the CD that signals the coming of age and the beginning
of a new chapter in the life of the child prodigy of the MTV generation?
Quite possibly. And if in addition it also is the CD that draws
the young generation en masse to Beethoven, wouldn't that
be quite an accomplishment worth every music lover's gratitude?
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