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Lang Lang in Paris & Lang Lang live in Versailles

Lang Lang in Paris & Lang Lang live in Versailles
The new programme from Lang Lang recorded in Paris 
Featuring music by Chopin and Tchaikovsky
 
Released on October 9 on CD and DVD/Blu-ray
 
 
 
Ever since his first visit to the magical space that is the Hall of Mirrors in the Palace of Versailles, Lang Lang had dreamed of performing there. When his dream came to fruition in the form of a special recital on June 22, 2015 he chose Chopin’s four momentous Scherzi and Tchaikovsky’s rare but masterly cycle The Seasons to present to his audience. A studio recording of the repertoire was made in the Salle Liebermann at the Opéra Bastille and the live concert was filmed in 4K in the Hall of Mirrors for release on DVD and Blu-ray.
 
The recordings followed an extensive international series of concerts and Lang Lang will continue to tour the programme worldwide this autumn and next spring.
Tchaikovsky and Chopin have both played a major role in Lang Lang’s career to date. When Lang Lang, as a 17-year-old, stood in for an indisposed André Watts at a Ravinia concert with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the work he played was Tchaikovsky’s First Piano Concerto.
If Tchaikovsky has appeared at pivotal moments in Lang Lang’s career, Chopin has been a constant companion: a recital rarely goes by without music by the Polish master on the programme and Lang Lang has already recorded a substantial amount of his music, including the Études and the Ballades (which Lang Lang sees as siblings to the Scherzi).
 
Lang Lang is a committed advocate of Tchaikovsky’s The Seasons. As he says, “Even though there are not so many notes compared to more virtuosic pieces, the harmony that Tchaikovsky creates within these notes is incredible. His timeless melodies have a kind of pain that he always turns into beauty. He presents his heart, and he holds your heart.”
 
Lang Lang in Paris will be released on deluxe CD (including booklet and bonus DVD containing video excerpts from the Hall of Mirrors concert), standard CD, vinyl and digital formats. Lang Lang live in Versailles will be released on DVD and Blu-ray formats.
 
 
 
Press reviews for Lang Lang’s Chopin/Tchaikovsky concerts
 
“The complete set of Chopin four Scherzos could take everything that Lang threw at them – the wild, impressive extroverted flourishes, the melting touch that he applied to the Trio sections, a gorgeous rippling waterfall effect in the third Scherzo, the bombs-away codas.” Los Angeles Times
 
“Lang Lang’s intricate and athletic finger-work did them [Chopin’s Scherzi] full justice: there was no blurring, every line was cleanly etched, and the range of colours he coaxed from his Steinway was dazzling.” London Evening Standard
 
“You don’t hear all of Tchaikovsky’s The Seasons played as a cycle too often, and Lang made it an experience of contrasts as varied as the weather itself – turning on the hammering drive in ‘August’ and ‘September’, ruminating through ‘April’ and drifting through ‘May’ with lots of expression.” Los Angeles Times