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PostPosted: Tue Apr 08, 2008 12:33 am 
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I saw Pollini play in concert less than a year ago. He played several Debussy preludes too, and yes – he played them well. But so did Lang Lang yesterday. Pollini also played a couple Chopin nocturnes, one being the 27/2 (the one I mentioned in my last post). In the concert, he played so well, I nearly cried. But Lang Lang’s version of it on youtube does the same thing to me. It’s perfect. And although I consider Pollini to be outstanding, I’m not totally crazy about his latest CD of all the Chopin nocturnes. He plays most of them much too fast (he didn’t play them that fast in concert). That’s why I say you should try to open your mind. Performers can play repertoire much differently in different situations and you shouldn’t judge Lang Lang only by what you see on the internet.

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I did get his autograph, and so did my grilfriend right before me. Last night when I compared
the two signatures there is almost no similarity at all. Just some scribbles which may or may
not be chinese characters. No one would ever believe me that they're the real thing. :?


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I know, LL can reach the sublime extremes of pianism as well as the heights of buffoonery. One half of me loves him, the other is revolted.

I saw him live just once; unfortunately, I saw the Pierrot.


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I like Lang Lang for his goofyness and because he acts like a clown.

Here's a quote from the PS main page:

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and we try to wipe away the elitist attitude towards it.


That's exactly what Lang Lang is doing. He's an amazing virtuoso, and even though I really dislike most of his performances, he still attracts new people to classical music. The only downside is that most people will think every other pianist should 'rape' classical music like Lang Lang does. But then again, who cares! If people like it the way he plays it then he should just keep doing it. I prefer listening to Yundi Li or Rubinstein, but others may dislike these pianists.

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I admit that I don’t like what Lang Lang does with his face all the time, either, but you cannot say that he is a bad player.


The same goes for Hyek-Lim. He looks plain silly whenever he plays, but it sounds quite good.

I'd still pick Lang Lang over Cziffra or Horowitz any day, as I absolutely hate those two pianists. Many people consider them to be great pianists, and that doesn't really bother me; it's their choice.


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I have to say I'm not much of a Lang Lang fan. But it brings up his book, "Journey of 1,000 Miles: My Story". I notice Amazon has marked it way down to $16.47U.S., nearly half-price. Has anyone here read it? Should I buy it or save my money?


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Rachfan wrote:
I have to say I'm not much of a Lang Lang fan. But it brings up his book, "Journey of 1,000 Miles: My Story". I notice Amazon has marked it way down to $16.47U.S., nearly half-price. Has anyone here read it? Should I buy it or save my money?


Sorry, David. I'm a bit late with a response. :lol:

I just finished reading this book and I'm glad I did. The early years of Lang Lang's story is especially amazing. His upbringing was the most difficult one can imagine, and his father was unbelievable tough on him. The book is well-written and I thought very interesting. I think those who hold negative opinions of Lang Lang may feel a bit differently about him after they read this book. Maybe it will not change their mind about his playing, but it will certainly shed some light on why he plays the way he does. Plus, we learn about his having a sort of tendonitis flair-up, and also his kindness and generosity in wanting to teach young people to appreciate classical music.

So, I think you'll enjoy the book - unless you've already read it?

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Never mind all of this stage antics crap. The truth is, I don't like the way he plays. He isn't very polished at all, and there is seldom any ingenuity of any sort in his interpretations. He has a solid technique, but really lacks poise. "Raping" classical music to bring it to the masses is not bringing classical music at all to people. All Lang Lang does is entertain high school students, who are only familiar with the idea of relative minors and the different minors scales. why would I choose to subject myself to Lang Lang because of his idea of making the real music more easy to latch on to when i can listen to a 75 year old Horowitz playing something as sentimental as Rach's third or Medtner's sonata's?


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PostPosted: Sat Sep 05, 2009 1:35 am 
This is interesting reading these comments about all these great pianists, LL, Hamelin, Pollini etc I'll have to chime in sometime. :)


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pianolady wrote:
... he was playing at that time was Chopin’s Nocturne Op. 27, no. 2. If you bother to actually listen to it, you can hear how surreal, how incredibly sublime he plays it. I think it is a perfect rendition in every way.

That youtube video with the nocturne also changed my mind about Lang Lang. Obviously, if he wants to he can drop all that clownish showman stuff and just give an incredible performance.


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