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Lang Lang “Live in Vienna” Released in Multiple Formats

August 24th, 2010 in Piano News by | 8 comments

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Recorded and filmed live in Vienna’s legendary Musikverein concert hall, the Sony Classical debut is available on August 24 in multiple formats including vinyl and 3D video.

This release represents Lang Lang’s second live recorded recital to date after the best-selling “Live at Carnegie Hall” in 2004, which marked his international breakthrough as a recording artist. He has performed the new album’s program at the world’s major concert venues and will continue to tour with it throughout 2011.

This recital, one of 2010’s most eagerly-awaited classical recordings, is released in its entirety on the following multiple formats: Deluxe limited edition, Blu-ray, DVD, LP vinyl and Digital formats. For the first time Lang Lang will be performing some of the album’s repertoire in the new spectacular 3D format which will be a bonus feature on the Blu-Ray. This will include the first movement of Beethoven’s Appassionata Sonata, Evocation from Albeniz’s Iberia suite, the explosive finale of Prokofiev’s Seventh Sonata and Chopin’s “Heroic” Polonaise. This forms part of Lang Lang’s commitment to reaching new audiences through innovative technologies, a goal he also aims to realize through his global brand ambassadorship with Sony Electronics. The Blu-Ray will be released in October 2010. The CD, DVD, LP vinyl and CD/DVD combo will release on August 24, 2010.

Sheet music of Chopin’s Polonaise “Heroic” to download and print:

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Lang Lang began playing the piano at the age of three and had already won the Shenyang Competition and given his first recital by the tender age of five. He shot to world-wide fame at seventeen when he triumphed in the Tchaikovsky Concerto with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra at the “Gala of the Century”. Since then he has become one of the most sought-after musicians around the globe and was listed by TIME magazine among the “100 Most Influential People in the World”. Watched by more than five billion viewers, he played at the opening ceremonies of the 2008 Beijing Olympics, and performed alongside Herbie Hancock at the 50th Grammy Awards. In December 2007, Lang Lang was guest soloist at the Nobel Prize concert in Stockholm, an event attended by the Nobel Laureates and members of the Royal Family. He returned as soloist for the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize awarding ceremony and concert for President Barack H. Obama.

Lang Lang is an inspiration to young musicians everywhere and has made it his personal mission to broaden the appeal of classical music to the widest possible audience. He has founded the “Lang Lang International Music Foundation” with the aim of identifying and supporting exceptionally gifted piano students between the ages of six and ten, and he made a historic appearance on the finale of “Oprah’s Search for the World’s Smartest and Most Talented Kids,” duetting with three young musicians from his Foundation. Ever since the pianist shot to fame, China has been in the grip of a piano-learning frenzy known as the “Lang Lang Effect,” and Steinway has recognized the pianist’s popularity with children by creating five versions of the “Lang Lang Steinway,” designed for early music education. An estimated 40 million children in China are learning the piano because of the “Lang Lang effect.” While performing around 130 concerts a year, he also manages to find time in his packed schedule to be a UNICEF ambassador and work with the Montblanc Cultural Foundation.


  • Christine says:

    I prefer to not see him while he play and would pick the LP above the 3D video…
    It is a well planned recital programme though, lots of good music!

  • Rocky says:

    Too much Theatrics for me! A great performer only needs to articulate just enough to bring the ones emotion to the piece. V. Horowitz is a good example!

  • eclipse says:

    wow he’s that popular? i can’t believe i didn’t knew him until today. cool the “Lang Lang effect” amazing.

  • Jose Giron says:

    ¡Amazing, wonderful technics¡¡¡

  • Hanna says:

    The excitement he has for every piece and composer he plays is very characteristic of his playing. In that way, I don’t think he ever plays a piece of music that he didn’t feel strongly about. He is in his prime, at his best, and he will only get better, with more subtle richness, like a good wine.

  • Nwagu John says:

    He’s a wonder to behold.Beautiful tone,precision and nice interpretation.

  • kathleen dastur says:

    don’t know how anyone has the nerve to criticize his wonderful emotional expressions while playing. He’s a genius. who are we lesser mortals to judge?

  • As of 2018, Lang Lang has permanently injured his left hand. This was due (in my opinion) to “Mashing chords with his left hand.

    For those who wish to utilize a “Google Advanced Search,” please peruse the entire video of his New Years Eve” PBS televised performance of the Tchaikovsky Concerto. During this performance, he paused and visibly shook his left hand in pain, due to Ulnar Nerve aggravation.

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