Lang Lang press reviews
He is a prodigy, of that there is no doubt. But it is Lang Lang’s zeal for his craft, not simply his talent, that has rendered him a musician of exceptional calibre.
On Saturday, the 30 year-old pianist from the industrial city of Shenyang in northeast China will be the headline act at the National Arts Centre’s annual gala. A day earlier, he held a master class with young musicians in Ottawa – part of his ongoing mission to foster the same driving enthusiasm for the classics that has motivated him since he was a toddler.
OTTAWA — The Globe and Mail
Yannick Nézet-S éguin, the Philadelphia Orchestra’s music director designate, captured the hearts of the huge crowd Wednesday night in a memorable evening of music making that included the formidable talents of Chinese pianist Lang Lang.
Nézet-S éguin, who was making his Saratoga Performing Arts Center debut, doesn’t stand on ceremony. Rather, he seems almost like one of the guys up there on the stage with a relaxed and comfortable air. But as concertmaster David Kim told the audience prior to the performance, every concert with him on the podium was meaningful and a treat.
Chinese concert pianist Lang Lang, conductor Nikolaus Harnoncourt and the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra had New York heavyweights Tony Bennett, Candice Bergen, Barbara Walters, Mercedes Bass, Renée Fleming and Jessye Norman on their feet Wednesday at Carnegie Hall's opening night.
"You can not have a better orchestra than the Vienna Philharmonic," said Ms. Bass, wearing a black-and-red Oscar de la Renta creation.
"They have played at Carnegie Hall many times and this is their 101st anniversary. It is always a treat to have them."
Wall Street Journal
Two pianists took the keyboard on Saturday night. Sitting side by side at a massive Steinway, Christoph Eschenbach, the new music director of the National Symphony Orchestra, and Lang Lang, the superstar pianist from China, played two movements from Debussy's "Petite Suite," the first one tender, the second antic, with leaps of finger and wrist that set the audience giggling.
The performance was an encore at the National Symphony Orchestra's season-opening gala at the Kennedy Center Concert Hall. It signaled some new beginnings.
Washington Post Staff Writer
Lang Lang / Sony Classical
On Friday, August 13, 2010, Artistic Director Nolan Gasser spoke with piano phenomenon Lang Lang – whose initial recording on Sony Masterworks, Live in Vienna, was just released. In this fascinating Exclusive Interview, Lang Lang discusses his new, multi-format (CD, DVD, Blu-ray, 3-D, LP) release – recorded at Vienna’s famed Musikverein, and featuring a diverse recital of music by Beethoven, Albéniz, Prokofiev, and Chopin.
“The hottest artist on the classical music planet may well be the Chinese pianist Lang Lang.”
—The New York Times
“The ebullient Lang Lang is maturing as an artist…his playing is refined, almost severe. He has an intelligent way of shaping phrases, controlling dynamics, varying articulations . . . a captivating performance, the kind that you remember as much for its quiet stretches as for its wow factor.”
“Lang the magician is slowly transforming himself into Lang the musician…there will be no stopping this nonchalant dervish of the keyboard . . .his playing was so raptly beautiful that one was afraid to breathe for fear of missing anything.”