I used mostly my ears

a blog about music by Marc Haegeman

Lang Lang in Brussels

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Franz Liszt: Piano Concerto #1 in E Flat Major
Frédéric Chopin: Andante spianato & Grande Polonaise brillante, Op. 22
Ludwig van Beethoven: Symphony #3 in E Flat Major, Op. 55, ‘Eroica’

Lang Lang, piano
Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra/Daniel Harding
Brussels, Centre for Fine Arts, 4 October 2011

Any way you cut it, a concert headlining the Chinese star pianist Lang Lang is an event. He brings so many new people to classical music, as we are recalled. His flamboyant approach has been dividing opinions from the start, but recently hopeful signs of maturity were reported too. And didn’t the man himself declare in a pre-performance interview that it is not just a show? Has the showman grown into a musician then? He might have fooled you still, when he walked in a perfectly traditional outfit to his piano, greeted by a packed Centre for Fine Arts in Brussels. Yet as soon as he hammered home the opening chords of Liszt’s 1st piano concerto in such an attention-seeking manner, there no longer was any doubt. A sigh of grateful recognition swept through the hall and obviously many had come to witness this: Lang Lang was still his former self – at least for tonight.
Read the full review on Classical Net

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