Sun. Nov 27th, 2022

Chinese language pianist Lang Lang has received plaudits for his mastery of the classical repertoire, performing with conductors from Daniel Barenboim to Simon Rattle. However his extrovert performances of works from Chinese language folksongs to Metallica and Herbie Hancock have additionally impressed thousands and thousands of youngsters to study the piano.

On his new album, The Disney Guide, Lang Lang presents iconic film melodies, reimagined in new variations written particularly for him by among the world’s main arrangers.

Right here, Lang Lang reveals the music that has helped to mould him as a performer.

‘Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No. 1 is my all-time favorite, in addition to the piece that launched my profession. I listened to it in my little dormitory on the Shengyang Conservatory, and I used to be amazed at how highly effective classical music might be. Earlier than that I had listened to stunning Mozart, however in the future I heard these large chords on the opening of the concerto, and I assumed, ‘Wow!! That is one thing.’ Later this concerto launched my profession once I performed it with the Chicago Symphony [standing in for André Watts], and I’ve performed it many instances since.

‘As a ten-year-old in 1992 I watched a video cassette of Glenn Gould taking part in Bach’s Goldberg Variations on my small tv. I’d by no means heard Bach performed this manner. Such a powerful persona! You consider Bach as being financial, however the best way Gould performed it was like a Picasso – he completely modified the form, the melody, the voice, the articulation. It was the identical materials, however he turned it into one other, superb creature.

Extra lately I performed the Goldberg Variations in live performance and I’ve recorded two variations, one a dwell recording at Bach’s Thomaskirche in Leipzig and one other within the studio. Glenn Gould stated it’s significantly better to document in a studio, and I additionally agree, however there’s one thing concerning the spontaneity of a dwell live performance – these particular moments, that you simply don’t get within the studio.

‘As college students we’re all the time practising workout routines by composers like Czerny and Moszkowski, however Chopin’s 24 Études are on one other degree. They don’t seem to be nearly pure approach; they’re about serving the music. This is the reason we’ve to practise, to make the bridge between the mechanics and actual music, and that is what Chopin delivers in his Études. The primary one I performed was the ‘Black Key’ Étude, Op. 10 No. 5, and that was a really troublesome piece for me at eight years outdated. Every year I learnt 5 – 6 extra till, at 13, I performed the whole Chopin Études in live performance.

‘Nessun Dorma’, carried out by Luciano Pavarotti, needs to be one among my 5 selections. He has this particular ability of constructing sunshine within the music. There are different nice artists like Plácido Domingo or Jonas Kaufmann, however Pavarotti is The One. One way or the other when he sings, that’s it – music is meant to be like that. He has the expertise, he has the excessive notes and he has that sound. It’s one thing you can’t practise – it’s important to be born with it, and what’s extra, he brings this music to everybody, even individuals who don’t perceive classical music.

‘I met Pavarotti in my late teenagers in Philadelphia, on one among his final excursions, and I gave him a recording of my Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto to take heed to. He wrote me an e mail which I nonetheless have, saying that he may see sunshine in my efficiency of the concerto. That was actually inspirational for an 18-year-old!

‘We Are the World’ by Michael Jackson and Lionel Richie is the tune that breaks by all of the limitations on this world. If we had extra songs like that, there can be no wars. I play it usually in charity concert events – together with final 12 months in Central Park throughout a charity live performance for youngsters.

‘I’ve a Basis for youngsters and I consider it’s important to be very artistic in your strategy to music schooling. There isn’t only one means of educating; don’t stick rigidly to guidelines however let youngsters discover their very own voice. My spouse [pianist Gina Alice Redlinger] has been introducing our younger son to music by among the stunning classical and crossover items from her album, Wonderworld. I feel the items on my newest Disney album will probably be good for his early listening schooling. In spite of everything, my first expertise of classical music got here from an episode of the cartoon Tom and Jerry, ‘The Cat Concerto’!

Lang Lang’s new album The Disney Guide is out now.

Lang Lang’s selections

Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto No. 1

Lang Lang (piano), Chicago Symphony Orchestra/Barenboim
Deutsche Grammophon DG 4742912

Bach Goldberg Variations, BWV 988

Glenn Gould (piano)
Sony Classical

Chopin: 24 Études

Vladimir Ashkenazy (piano)
Decca 4662502

Puccini: ‘Nessun Dorma’ from Turandot

Luciano Pavarotti
Decca 4780208

Michael Jackson/Lionel Richie ‘We Are the World’

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