Lang Lang Piano Book 180g 2LP
Lang Lang's Favorite Pieces On 180g Double LP!
One of the world's biggest classical stars, Lang Lang, returns with his solo
album 'Piano Book' – a collection of pieces which first inspired him to play the
piano and led him on his path to international stardom. The recording, his first
new studio album in three years, marks his return to Universal Music Group and
Deutsche Grammophon – the label he first signed to in 2003.
Lang Lang says: "I want to take every music lover on a journey through my
favourite piano pieces. I hope to inspire as well as motivate every piano
student to remain focused during daily practice, and to play and understand
these essential pieces for what they really are: true masterpieces!"
'Piano Book' gathers together many of the miniatures that generations of amateur
pianists have grown up with. Lang Lang holds them in the highest regard,
believing them to be classics in their own right. He wants to encourage piano
students across the world to fully appreciate them.
As well as works by the great composers – such as Beethoven's Für Elise,
Debussy's Clair de lune and J.S. Bach's Prelude in C Major from The
Well-Tempered Clavier – Lang Lang has included some modern classics that are
familiar from TV and movies like Yann Tiersen's Valse d'Amélie, Max Richter's
The Departure and Ryuichi Sakamoto's music for Merry Christmas, Mr Lawrence.
These are pieces Lang Lang has encountered through his work with students all
over the world and have became part of his favourite works for piano.
Lang Lang has also chosen pieces which hold particular resonance in specific
cultures, such as Sweden's Limu, limu, lima and the popular Chinese Jasmine
Flower. He says, "The folk songs from around the world that I encountered on my
travels are another reason why this album is of such personal importance. Folk
tunes are essential for everyone's cultural identity. Listening to them I
started to hear classical music with new ears, realizing how profoundly folk
songs and dances had influenced so many classical composers. I got to know
wonderful music through my trips to many different countries and wanted to
present some of this music on my album."
Here, Lang Lang reflects on how he started playing the piano, what fired his
imagination and how he might pass on what he's learned to a new generation. His
work with his own Lang Lang International Music Foundation (www.langlangfoundation.org),
which was set up over 10 years ago and has raised millions of pounds to support
young musicians, has given him a unique insight into music education. He has
inspired 40 million children to learn the piano and has developed hugely
successful educational programs including Keys of Inspiration, 101 Pianists,
Young Scholars and Play It Forward. He has also developed a popular teaching
book series called The Lang Lang Piano Method. Lang Lang's belief that "Music
makes life better. It heals, unites and inspires, and it makes us better people"
underpins everything he does with his Foundation.
A globally celebrated piano virtuoso, Lang Lang has sold millions of albums
around the world, topping classical charts and achieving simultaneous mainstream
success. He was nominated in 2007 for a Grammy Award, becoming the first Chinese
artist nominated for Best Instrumental Soloist, and he was named as one of the
100 most influential people in the world by TIME magazine. His performances at
the Grammy's with Metallica, Pharrell Williams and jazz legend Herbie Hancock
were hailed by millions of viewers.
Recorded at London's Abbey Road studios and in Beijing, 'Piano Book' is Lang
Lang's very personal playlist for everyone who loves the piano. It's also the
fruits of an astonishing career that has taken him from child prodigy to
virtuoso at the very top of his profession. Equally happy playing for billions
of viewers at the Olympics or just for a few hundred children in the public
schools, Lang Lang is a master of communicating through music and his new album
is a testament to that.
"The hottest artist on the classical music planet" - New York Times
"With 'Piano Book' I'm going back to my first love, to the pieces that made
me want to become a musician in the first place." - LANG LANG
• Double LP
• 180g Vinyl
• Gatefold jacket
• Made in Germany
• Total time: 72:27
• Limited time download card
Lang Lang, piano
1. Bach - Prelude In C Major
2. Beethoven - "Fur Elise"
3. Richter - The Departure
4. Mendelssohn - "Spinning Song"
5. Debussy - Clair De Lune
6. Debussy - Doctor Gradus Ad Parnassum
1. Chopin - "Raindrop" Prelude
2. Mozart - "Sonata Facile": Allegro
3. Clementi - Sonatina In C Major: Andante
5. Czerny - The School Of Velocity: Presto
6. Tiersen - La Valse d'Amelie
7. Debussy - Reverie
1. Schubert - Moment Musical In F Minor
2. Grieg- To Spring
3. Schumann - Wilder Reiter
4. Poulenc - Villageoises: Staccato
5. Huang - The Merry Shepherd Boy
6. Sakamoto - Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence
7. Badarzewska-Baranowska - The Maiden's Prayer
1-13. Mozart - 12 Piano Variations On "Ah, Vous Dirai-Je, Maman"
14. Bach - Minuet In G Major