I posted a few days ago about the brilliant pianist Lang Lang's new 2 disc recording, Live in Vienna. It was recorded live at the Musikverein Concert Hall. Live in Vienna hit top chart positions in all major countries around the world including the German, US, French & UK classical charts. Live in Vienna also entered at the highest ever position in the POP charts in Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Italy, Spain and France! If you haven't already purchased this fabulous recording for your collection, now's your chance to get one for free provided by Sony Classical!
In the comment section below, tell me about your own experience with Lang Lang or a particular piano recital - either your own or some other professional performer. A random winner will be picked from those who commented on October 1st.
October 1st Update: Erin is our winner! Congrats Erin!
Friday, September 24, 2010
Contest: Lang Lang's Live in Vienna CD!
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Well heck, I'm going to jump right in here!
I have never, ever, seen or heard someone play the piano like that. By the time he got to the end of the Liszt piece at NSO the other night, I had forgotten that I was in a concert hall - that is how transporting the performance was. Also, he's both funny and cute and has the appropriate respect for Renee Louise.
Well, after Saturday night, I'm a huge fan!
The concert with the NSO was amazing. He is such fun to watch. More importantly, his playing is expressive, beautiful, and absolute perfection.
If I may submit my humble entry into this contest, I shall tell of a time when I gave a recital of sorts to some friends of mine who wanted to see me display my exact skill upon the piano. I played most of the selections that I knew, and I added some of the improvisations that have become a frequent part of my playing, and when I had finished, a young girl who has only known me for a little while came to me and said, "You know, you are pretty much amazing." I thanked her for such a kind remark, but it left me thinking about the possibility that children may be far more receptive to classical music than many of us imagine them to be. Lang Lang and The 5 Browns would be excellent ambassadors of such music for that age demographic, and it is a travesty that the music program within a school is usually among the first extracurricular activity that is removed when a district is faced with budget shortfalls.
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