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Mozart and Chopin in Lang Lang Style

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Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart:
Sonata #5 in G Major, KV 283
Sonata #4 in B Flat Major, KV 282
Sonata #8 in A minor, KV 310
Frédéric Chopin:
Ballade #1 in G minor, Op. 23
Ballade #2 in F Major, Op. 38
Ballade #3 in A Flat Major, Op. 47
Ballade #4 in F minor, Op. 52

Lang Lang, piano
Brussels, Centre for Fine Arts, 2 April 2014

In a lenient mood one might welcome Lang Lang’s interpretation of three Mozart sonatas as a virtuoso fantasy based on Mozart themes. Neither could you blame the Chinese star pianist for trying out different accents or adding an extra shade of color, perchance a discreet ornamentation. After he casually walked to his piano in a packed Centre for fine Arts in Brussels, cheerfully picking out people in the front rows like he recognized old friends – a nod here, a wave there – he started the early sonatas as if in an improvisatory manner. There is no doubt his enthusiasm for playing the piano is highly infectious and one can understand the picturesque fascination.
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