Lang Lang discography

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Lang Lang discography
A Chinese man sits at piano, performing, while an audience watches.
Lang Lang performing live in March 2008
Studio albums 9
Live albums 4
Compilation albums 1
Soundtrack albums 2
Contributions 3

The discography of classical pianist Lang Lang includes nine studio albums, four live albums, one single, one compilation, two soundtracks, and three contributions to releases not under his name. His first album was released in 2000 under Telarc International Corporation. In 2003, he signed a contract with Deutsche Grammophon and released several albums with them.[1][2] In February 2010, Lang Lang signed with Sony Classic.[3]

Lang Lang has recorded two soundtracks, including the score by Alexandre Desplat for the 2007 movie The Painted Veil. He has contributed to several albums of other musicians, including Andrea Bocelli's greatest hits album, The Best of Andrea Bocelli: Vivere. For the piece "Time for Dreams," on his 2008 album Dreams of China, Lang Lang collaborated with German electronica musician Christopher von Deylen.[4] While Lang Lang has also worked with singers like Taiwanese R&B star Jay Chou and Chinese folk singer Song Zuying, none of these collaborations have been published.[5][6]

Lang Lang has achieved considerable commercial and critical success. His albums have ranked on Billboard charts, including the Top Classical Albums chart.[7][8]

Studio albums

Year Album details Notes
2003 Tchaikovsky, Mendelssohn: First Piano Concertos[9]
2005 Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto No. 2; Paganini Rhapsody[11]
  • Released: February 8, 2005
  • Label: Deutsche Grammophon
  • Format: CD, DD
2006 Memory[13]
  • Released: March 14, 2006
  • Label: Deutsche Grammophon
  • Format: CD, DD
2007 Dragon Songs[15]
  • Released: January 9, 2007
  • Label: Deutsche Grammophon
  • Format: CD, DD, DVD
2007 Beethoven: Piano Concertos Nos. 1 & 4[18]
  • Released: May 8, 2007
  • Label: Deutsche Grammophon
  • Format: CD, DD, DVD
2008 Dreams of China[20]
  • Released: June 24, 2008
  • Label: Deutsche Grammophon
  • Format: CD
2008 Hess: Concerto for Piano and Orchestra[21]
2008 Chopin: The Piano Concertos[22]
  • Released: September 9, 2008
  • Label: Deutsche Grammophon
  • Format: CD, DD
2011 Liszt - My Piano Hero[24]
  • Released: September 5, 2011
  • Label: Sony Classical
  • Format: CD, DVD
  • "Lang pays a very personal tribute to Franz Liszt, to who he has had a special relationship following his very first encounter with the composer at age two. Since this introduction - watching a "Tom & Jerry" cartoon featuring Liszt's "Hungarian Rhapsody" No. 2 - Lang Lang has gone on to share his passion for classical music and the music of Liszt with concert audiences around the globe. To celebrate his piano hero's bicentenary, Lang Lang has selected some of the most famous, virtuosic and poetic solo pieces, concluding with a stunning new recording of the Piano Concerto No. 1 = accompanied by the Vienna Philharmonic and Valery Geegiev".
2012 Lang Lang - The Chopin Album[25]
  • Released: October 22, 2012
  • Label: Sony Classical
  • Format: CD, Deluxe CD (incl. Bonus DVD), Vinyl
  • The Chopin Album – Lang Lang’s third album for Sony Classical – includes the second set of Chopin’s Études (op. 25), the Andante spianato & Grande Polonaise and a selection of shorter works as well as three Nocturnes and the Waltz op. 64 no. 1, popularly known as the “Minute” Waltz.
2013 Prokofiev: Piano Concerto No. 3 - Bartók: Piano Concerto No. 2[26]
  • Released: October 7, 2013
  • Label: Sony Classical
  • Format: CD, DVD
  • First recorded collaboration with Simon Rattle and the Berlin Philharmonic
  • Recorded in the Philharmonie Berlin in February and April 2013
  • The album is accompanied by a captivating 60-minute documentary “The Highest Level” unveiling the excitement, adrenalin, highs and challenges experienced by the artists and their team creating these recordings. The documentary as well as a complete filmed version of the Prokofiev Concerto were released in October on DVD and Blu-ray.
2014 The Mozart Album[27]
  • Released: October 17, 2014
  • Label: Sony Classical
  • Format: CD, Deluxe CD, DVD/Blu-Ray - “Lang Lang at the Royal Albert Hall”, Vinyl
  • The first disc in this two-disc set was recorded in spring 2014 in the Goldener Saal of Vienna’s Musikverein and sees Lang Lang and Nikolaus Harnoncourt perform Mozart’s two famous piano concerti – K 453 in G major and K491 in C minor – together with the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra under Nikolaus Harnoncourt. The second disc in the album showcases Lang Lang as soloist in Mozart’s three early piano sonatas together with the Rondo alla turca, the Allegro in F major K 1c and the Konzertstück in F major, K 33b.
  • Sony Classical released the concert “Lang Lang at the Royal Albert Hall” on DVD, Blu-ray and digitally along with The Mozart Album on October.
2015 Lang Lang in Paris[28]
  • Released: October 9, 2015
  • Label: Sony Classical
  • Format: CD, Deluxe CD (incl. Bonus DVD), DVD/Blu-Ray - "Lang Lang live in Versailles", Vinyl
  • A studio recording of the repertoire was made in the Salle Liebermann at the Opéra Bastille
  • Including music by F. Chopin and P.I. Tchaikowsky
  • The DVD shows a special recital of Lang Lang at the Hall of Mirrors in the Palace of Versailles on June 22, 2015
2016 New York Rhapsody[29]
  • Released: September 16, 2016
  • Label: Sony Classical
  • Format: CD, DVD/Blu-Ray-"New York Rhapsody - Live from Lincoln Center", Vinyl

Live albums

Year Album details Notes
2000 Lang Lang: Live At Seiji Ozawa Hall, Tanglewood[30]
2002 Rachmaninoff: Piano Concerto No. 3 / Scriabin: Etudes[32]
  • Released: April 23, 2002
  • Label: Telarc
  • Format: CD, DD
2004 Lang Lang: Live at Carnegie Hall[35]
2010 Lang Lang Live in Vienna[37]
  • Performed at the Vienna Musikverein[40]

Singles

Year Album details Notes
2010 Polonaise in A-flat major, Op. 53 "Heroic"[41]

Compilations

Year Album details Notes
2008 The Magic of Lang Lang[44]
  • A 13-track compilation containing live and studio recordings

Soundtracks

Year Album details Notes
2006 The Banquet[45]
  • Released: September 11, 2006
  • Label: Dg Imports
  • Format: CD, DD
2007 The Painted Veil[47]
2010 Gran Turismo 5: The Official Soundtrack
  • First Original Game Soundtrack by Piano Instruments

Contributions

Year Album details Notes
2005 Breathe: The Relaxing Piano[48]
2007 Piano Moods: A Collection of Romantic Melodies[49]
2007 Andrea Bocelli, The Best of Andrea Bocelli: Vivere[51]
  • Lang Lang plays "Io ci sarò".[52]
2012 2Cellos, In2ition
2015 2Cellos, Celloverse

References

General
  • "Lang Lang Albums". langlang.com. Archived from the original on 2009-05-16. Retrieved 2009-08-12. 
  • "Lang Lang Discography". Deutsche Grammophon. Archived from the original on 2011-08-05. Retrieved 2009-06-02. 
  • "Lang Lang Guest Appearances". langlang.com. Archived from the original on 2009-05-19. Retrieved 2009-08-12. 
  • "Lang Lang Soundtracks". langlang.com. Archived from the original on 2009-08-10. Retrieved 2009-08-12. 
Specific
  1. ^ Mattison, Ben (2003-02-12). "Lang Lang Signs with Deutsche Grammophon". Andante. Archived from the original on 2005-11-25. Retrieved 2009-08-13. 
  2. ^ "Lang Lang Biographical Timeline". Deutsche Grammophon. Archived from the original on 2009-08-18. Retrieved 2009-08-13. 
  3. ^ Lebrecht, Norman (2010-02-01). "Sony Pays $3 Million to Win Pianist Lang Lang: Norman Lebrecht". Bloomberg. Archived from the original on 2012-11-03. Retrieved 2010-09-16. 
  4. ^ a b Sophie, Albers (2008-06-24). "Videointerview mit Lang Lang: "Intime Gefühle am Klavier sind gut"" [Videointerview with Lang Lang: "Intimate Emotions are good with the piano"]. Stern (in German). Retrieved 2009-08-26. 
  5. ^ "Crossing Over in Style". Alibaba.com. 2009-07-15. Retrieved 2009-08-13. 
  6. ^ Yanchen, Zhao (2009-07-02). "Crossover concert electrifies Bird's Nest". China Central Television. Retrieved 2009-08-13. 
  7. ^ "Lang Lang Album & Song Chart History (Heatseekers Albums)". Billboard. Nielsen Business Media, Inc. Archived from the original on 2010-09-23. Retrieved 2009-08-26. 
  8. ^ "Lang Lang Album & Song Chart History (Top Classical Albums)". Billboard. Nielsen Business Media, Inc. Retrieved 2009-08-26. 
  9. ^ "Tchaikovsky, Mendelssohn: First Piano Concertos". Amazon.com. Retrieved 2009-08-13. 
  10. ^ "So young, so brilliant". The Age. 2004-08-24. Retrieved 2009-09-04. 
  11. ^ "Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto No. 2; Paganini Rhapsody". Amazon.com. Retrieved 2009-08-13. 
  12. ^ "Valery Gergiev is a strong, spirited collaborator, though in some takes, the piano is slightly out of tune." Stearns, David Patrick (2005-03-01). "Reviews of new pop, country/roots, jazz and classical releases". The Philadelphia Inquirer. 
  13. ^ "Memory". Amazon.com. Retrieved 2009-08-13. 
  14. ^ "This new CD, 'Memory,' connects Lang Lang to music that he strongly associates with his childhood. Some of these works he learned many years ago, and some he remembers first hearing as a child. Lang Lang takes us from thoughtful moments of quiet reflection to radiant displays of virtuosity." Amacher, Julie (2006-03-21). "New Classical Tracks: Lang Lang's vivid "Memory"". Minnesota Public Radio. Retrieved 2009-09-05. 
  15. ^ a b "Lang Lang: Dragon Songs (Plus DVD)". Amazon.com. Retrieved 2009-08-13. 
  16. ^ "Lang Lang: Dragon Songs". Deutsche Grammophon. Archived from the original on 2010-01-25. Retrieved 2009-08-13. 
  17. ^ "In concert, Lang Lang often gives his audience a taste of traditional Chinese music as an encore. With 'Dragon Songs,' his goal is to open that door even wider." Amacher, Julie (2007-01-02). "Lang Lang does his bit to balance musical trade". Minnesota Public Radio. Retrieved 2009-09-06. 
  18. ^ "Beethoven: Piano Concertos Nos. 1 & 4". Amazon.com. Retrieved 2009-08-13. 
  19. ^ "Eschenbach's elegant influence is most felt in the second movement's Zen-like confrontation between piano and orchestra. Accusations of vulgarity that often dog Lang Lang will be answered here." Stearns, David Patrick (2007-05-23). "Quadruple play from Eschenbach: A quartet of discs from Eschenbach". The Philadelphia Inquirer. pp. E.1. 
  20. ^ a b "Dreams of China". Amazon.com. Retrieved 2009-08-26. 
  21. ^ "Lang Lang: Nigel Hess Piano Concerto". Amazon.co.uk. Retrieved 2010-06-25. 
  22. ^ "Chopin: The Piano Concertos". Amazon.com. Retrieved 2009-08-13. 
  23. ^ "But instead of sparkle and delicacy, [Lang Lang] offers full-beam brilliance and neon cupid's darts. Add a lacklustre, lazy performance from the strings of the Vienna Philharmonic and some grotesquely vulgar phrasing and sluggish tempi from Zubin Mehta, and the E minor Concerto is lost." Picard, Anna (2009-01-11). "Album: Chopin, Piano Concertos – Lang/Mehta et al, (Deutsche Grammophon)". The Independent. Retrieved 2009-09-06. 
  24. ^ "Liszt - My Piano Hero [Limited Edition, CD+DVD]". Amazon.com. Retrieved 2009-08-13. 
  25. ^ "The Chopin Album | Lang Lang". langlang.com. Retrieved 2017-03-22. 
  26. ^ "Lang Lang – Simon Rattle – Berliner Philharmoniker | Lang Lang". langlang.com. Retrieved 2017-03-22. 
  27. ^ "LANG LANG – THE MOZART ALBUM – WITH NIKOLAUS HARNONCOURT & WIENER PHILHARMONIKER (2 CDs) | Lang Lang". langlang.com. Retrieved 2017-03-22. 
  28. ^ "Lang Lang In Paris | Lang Lang". langlang.com. Retrieved 2017-03-22. 
  29. ^ "New York Rhapsody | Lang Lang". langlang.com. Retrieved 2017-03-22. 
  30. ^ "Lang Lang: Live At Seiji Ozawa Hall, Tanglewood". Amazon.com. Retrieved 2009-08-13. 
  31. ^ "Truth be told, if this disc crossed my desk without my having heard the excited reports for several years, I might not have given it a second listen. The recording debut could be an accurate portrait of the artist. But if it is, [Lang Lang] doesn't quite live up to the advance praise." Dobrin, Peter (2001-03-26). "Reviews of new classical, pop, country/roots and jazz releases". The Philadelphia Inquirer. 
  32. ^ "Rachmaninoff: Piano Concerto No. 3 / Scriabin: Etudes". Amazon.com. Retrieved 2009-08-13. 
  33. ^ "Lang Lang: Rachmaninoff: Piano Concerto No. 3, Scriabin Etudes". langlang.com. Archived from the original on 2009-05-19. Retrieved 2009-09-03. 
  34. ^ "Yuri Temirkanov and the St. Petersburg Philharmonic do their parts well and winningly, and the engineers have done a remarkably fine job capturing this live performance in London's acoustically difficult Royal Albert Hall." Cantrell, Scott (2002-04-04). "Reviews of new classical music releases". The Dallas Morning News. 
  35. ^ a b c "Lang Lang: Live at Carnegie Hall". Amazon.com. Retrieved 2009-08-13. 
  36. ^ a b "Lang Lang also acknowledges the support of his mother and father and, if you have caught up with the pianist's Live at Carnegie Hall album, you will have heard the young man delivering a sprightly Chinese piece alongside his father Guo-ren on the erhu, a Chinese bowed instrument." Dart, William (2004-08-11). "Livewire Chinese ambassador brings a passion for piano". New Zealand Herald. Retrieved 2009-09-10. 
  37. ^ "Lang Lang Live in Vienna (2 CD)". Amazon.com. Retrieved 2010-09-05. 
  38. ^ "Lang Lang Live in Vienna". Amazon.com. Retrieved 2010-09-05. 
  39. ^ "Lang Lang Live in Vienna". Amazon.com. Retrieved 2010-09-05. 
  40. ^ "It's become rather fashionable to sniff at the achievements of Lang Lang, but he is the most communicative pianist of his generation, with a huge following in the east, and for any open-minded listener there is seriously good piano playing in this fine recital from Vienna." Kenyon, Nicholas (2010-09-12). "Lang Lang: Live in Vienna". The Observer. Guardian News. Retrieved 2010-09-15. 
  41. ^ "Polonaise in A-flat major, Op. 53 "Heroic"". Amazon.com. Retrieved 2010-07-12. 
  42. ^ Taylor, Kate (2010-03-26). "Lang Lang Offers Up a Polonaise for Haiti". New York Times. Retrieved 2010-07-12. 
  43. ^ "As charitable acts go, Mr. Lang’s offering is certainly preferable to the baffling recent remake of “We Are the World.” But as an artistic statement, it is unlikely to persuade anyone who doesn’t already admire the particulars of his style." Smith, Steve (2010-03-26). "What Lang Lang Brings to Chopin's 'Heroic' Polonaise". New York Times. Retrieved 2010-07-12. 
  44. ^ "The Magic of Lang Lang". Amazon.com. Retrieved 2009-08-13. 
  45. ^ a b "The Banquet (Soundtrack)". Amazon.com. Retrieved 2009-08-12. 
  46. ^ a b Bargreen, Melinda (2006-09-15). "Seattle Symphony opens with keyboard virtuoso". The Seattle Times. 
  47. ^ a b "The Painted Veil (Soundtrack)". Amazon.com. Retrieved 2009-08-12. 
  48. ^ a b "Breathe: The Relaxing Piano". Amazon.com. Retrieved 2009-08-12. 
  49. ^ "Piano Moods". Amazon.com. Retrieved 2009-08-12. 
  50. ^ "Piano Moods". Deutsche Grammophon. Archived from the original on 2012-10-17. Retrieved 2009-08-12. 
  51. ^ "The Best of Andrea Bocelli: Vivere". Amazon.com. Retrieved 2009-08-12. 
  52. ^ Robinson, Eddie. "Music: The Best of Andrea Bocelli – 'Vivere' by Andrea Bocelli". Rhapsody Online. Retrieved 2009-08-12. 
  53. ^ "In2ition - 2Cellos | Songs, Reviews, Credits | AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved 2017-10-18. 

External links

  • Official website
  • Lang Lang discography at Discogs
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