Brilliant Pianist Did Not Deepen the Secrets of Polonaises and Mazurkas
Lang Lang gave an evidence of stunning virtuosity and intelligence. Moreover, he resigned from a spectacular show.
If Lang Lang’s Warsaw concert had been limited to those few minutes of the middle Larghetto of the Concerto in f minor, the audience would still have left the concert hall having unforgotten experience. That is because the music was flying lightly in the air: performed in a delicate manner, full of poetry and sweetness mixed with nostalgia. This was a creation of the highest quality, the absolute top of the piano world.
Beautiful moments filled the whole performance. The final of the concert, for example, to which Lang Lang gave a stunning tempo and did not lose even one note. This is because he is a perfect pianist, for whom even the most difficult composition is not a problem. Others can be only jealous of his technical skill.
However, there is something more to the music composed by Chopin. One could have been charmed with virtuous passages that decorated Grand Polonaise in e flat minor, but the rhythm of Polish dance was too light and not festive enough. The pianist was trying to add some seriousness by strong accords, but impressive details did not construct a convincing whole. Also the characteristic tone of mazurka, so much important for the third part of the Concerto in f minor, was not emphasized enough.
Lang Lang has got such a strong personality that he has the right to his own interpretation, especially because he is able to relay it so convincingly. Additionally, he is an intelligent pianist who knows how to learn and derive from others.
In Warsaw Lang Lang was really concentrated, listening intently to Warsaw Philharmonic musicians. He did not expose himself giving example of partnership with the conductor and orchestra.