Celebrity Piano Recital: Lang Lang

Thursday 4th February 7:30pm at Symphony Hall

Lang Lang piano

Beethoven Piano Sonata in C, Op 2, No 3 26’
Beethoven Piano Sonata in F minor, Op 57, Appassionata 24’
Albéniz Iberia Book 1 21’
Prokofiev Piano Sonata No 7 18’

Encore – Chopin

Lang Lang is a superstar of the piano, hailed as “the hottest artist on the classical music planet” by the New York Times. For this return visit to Symphony Hall, his programme ranges from the Appassionata’s stormy turbulence and the sultry Spanish landscapes of Albéniz to the pyrotechnics of Prokofiev’s Seventh Sonata. Book your seat now!

Classic FM’s Anne-Marie Minhall, says of tonight’s recommended concert:

“The Chinese pianist Lang Lang is feted as a national hero and inspiration to millions of children in his homeland. He performed live at the Beijing Olympics opening ceremony to an estimated worldwide audience of four billion and sells out every venue he’s booked for.” www.thsh.co.uk

Review by Rian Evans, Guardian:

http://www.guardian.co.uk/music/2010/feb/10/lang-lang-review

Lang Lang concerts have the ­hallmarks of celebrity: a capacity crowd, a later-than-­advertised start, camera flashes, ­applause in the wrong places, and a young man who lollops and glides like a pop idol. For the Chinese pianist’s only British date of his ­current tour, Lang’s ­performing ­technique was as ­glittering as the ­sequins on his shirt, but his ­programme suggested that ­showmanship may no longer be his highest ­priority. One can only hope. ” …

Review by Christopher Morley, Birmingham Post:

http://www.birminghampost.net/life-leisure-birmingham-guide/birmingham-culture/music-in-birmingham/2010/02/12/classical-review-lang-lang-at-the-symphony-hall-65233-25823028/

…”There was a sold-out audience at Symphony Hall on Thursday vociferously applauding the young Chinese super-pianist Lang Lang, even between movements of Beethoven piano sonatas, but I was left totally cold and in fact indignant at this display of spectacle before substance (and at the discourtesy of a 15-minute late start – any extenuating circumstances, please let me know).”  …

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