Lang Lang may play classical music, but he's definitely a rock star.
Sporting anti-gravity anime hair and Versace suits, Lang Lang (pronounced long-long) sure is the man. And he likes to party. But Lang Lang only drinks Coke, he says. Well, maybe red wine sometimes.
4 Stars out of 5
Not since the great opera tenor Pavarotti has there been as much global acclaim for a classical musician as there is for the Chinese pianist Lang Lang, who performs tonight with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra.
Internationally acclaimed pianist Lang Lang delivered a program worthy of his fame to a full house Tuesday night at the Folly Theatre in the opening concert of the 45th season of the Harriman Jewell series.
The series has historically lured the cream of the musical crop to Kansas City audiences. Lang Lang’s brilliant technical command of some of the most difficult pieces in the piano literature combined with a gift of profound musical insight places him rightfully among that distinguished roster, and among the great masters of our time.
The piano-playing showman Lang Lang gave a jaw-dropping performance as soloist in Tchaikovsky's first piano concerto. The Chinese pianist is the king of gala performances at this time of year, having opened symphonic seasons in Santa Barbara, San Francisco and Nashville just this week, all with different concertos. His performance in Tennessee meant that he arrived in the early morning and had only one rehearsal.
At the San Francisco Symphony opening gala Wednesday night, Lang Lang delivered an effortless, brilliant performance of Sergei Prokofiev’s 1921 Piano Concerto No. 3 as if it were not one of the most difficult virtuoso works in all of music.
The young Chinese artist dazzled with astonishing dexterity, letter-perfect delivery and utter ease. This was one occasion when Lang Lang showed off his titanic side, sans an iceberg lurking around.
The Santa Barbara Symphony performed beautifully in this major coup of a concert, which put the orchestra together with the world’s hottest pianist, Lang Lang, for an evening of music by Beethoven. Lang Lang’s parents, Lang Guoren and Zhou Xiulan, were in the Granada’s lower, stage-right box, and the rest of the theater was full.