Piano Book

Piano Book

by Lang Lang

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Overview

"With Piano Book I'm going back to my first love, to the pieces that made me want to become a musician in the first place," says Lang Lang. Is it true, or is it a marketing concept from the folks at Deutsche Grammophon? Probably the latter, inasmuch as several pieces on the album (Yann Tiersen's La valse d'"Amélie" and especially Max Richter's "The Departure," composed for a television soundtrack in the mid-2010s) were composed too late to have performed such a function. As if to acknowledge this, the album graphics also describe the program simply as a collection of piano favorites. This noted, what you get here would make an ideal gift for young pianists, who will have encountered many of these pieces in their own piano books. And if Richter and Tiersen are added to those as a result of Lang's sales here, so much the better. Lang certainly gives aspiring players an enviable smoothness and effortless charm to aspire to. There are several notable aspects, beginning with marketing: you can get the album in various versions, including an expanded one that includes actual musical scores (play along with Lang!). This is all to the good. Lang includes a couple of works from the Asian sphere and a little slice of an older time, Tekla Badarzewska-Baranowska's "The Maiden's Prayer, Op. 4." Her grave features the sheet music, and via Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys it's still a country standard, so it's nice to see a pianist of Lang's stature revive it. On balance, while this is far from an essential Lang Lang item, it's going to show up in the holiday stockings of a lot of young pianists.

Product Details

Release Date: 03/29/2019
Label: Deutsche Grammophon
UPC: 0028947974413
catalogNumber: 002974602
Rank: 2880

Tracks

  1. Prelude and Fugue, for keyboard No. 1 in C major (WTC I/1), BWV 846 (BC L80): Prelude in C major

    1. Prelude in C major  (02:19)
  2. Bagatelle for piano in A minor ("Für Elise"), WoO 59  (03:26)
  3. Departure, for piano (from the film "When We Leave")  (02:31)
  4. Song without Words for piano No. 34 in C major ("Spinnerlied"), Op. 67/4  (01:49)
  5. Clair de lune, for piano (Suite Bergamasque No. 3), L. 82/3 (75/3)  (06:47)
  6. Children's Corner, suite for piano (or orchestra), L. 119 (113): Doctor Gradus ad Parnassum L. 113 No. 1

    1. Doctor Gradus ad Parnassum L. 113 No. 1  (02:47)
  7. Prelude for piano No. 15 in D flat major, Op. 28/15, CT. 180  (06:34)
  8. Piano Sonata No. 16 in C major ("Sonata semplice") K. 545: Allegro

    1. Allegro  (04:54)
  9. Sonatina for piano in C major, Op. 36/1: No. 1 Andante (in F major)

    1. No. 1 Andante (in F major)  (01:31)
  10. School of Velocity, collection of exercises for piano: Presto Op. 299 No. 1

    1. Presto Op. 299 No. 1  (00:34)
  11. Pieces (6) for piano, Vol. 2 ("Amélie"): La Valse d'Amélie

    1. La Valse d'Amélie  (02:50)
  12. Rêverie, for piano, L. 76 (68)  (05:29)
  13. Moment musical for piano in F minor ("Air russe"), D. 780/3 (Op. 94/3)  (02:02)
  14. Lyric Pieces (6) for piano, Book 3, Op. 43: To Spring Op. 43 No. 6

    1. To Spring Op. 43 No. 6  (03:59)
  15. Album für die Jugend No. 8 ("Wilder Reiter") for piano in A minor, Op. 68/8  (00:35)
  16. Villageoises, petites pièces infantines, for piano, FP 65: Staccato FP 65 No. 2

    1. Staccato FP 65 No. 2  (00:44)
  17. The Merry Shepherd Boy for piano  (01:33)
  18. Merry Christmas, Mr Lawrence, film score  (05:36)
  19. A Maiden's Prayer (Molitwa dziewicy) for piano, Op. 3 (or Op. 4)  (04:26)
  20. Variations (12) on "Ah, vous dirai-je maman," for piano in C major, K. 265 (K. 300e)

    1. Thema  (00:35)
    2. Variation 1  (00:31)
    3. Variation 2  (00:32)
    4. Variation 3  (00:35)
    5. Variation 4  (00:34)
    6. Variation 5  (00:33)
    7. Variation 6  (00:30)
    8. Variation 7  (00:33)
    9. Variation 8  (00:44)
    10. Variation 9  (00:35)
    11. Variation 10  (00:32)
    12. Variation 11  (02:29)
    13. Variation 12  (01:27)
  21. Minuet for keyboard No. 1 in G major (AMN II/1; by Christian Pezold, not JSB), BWV Anh. 114  (01:41)

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