Lang Lang

The Romance of Rachmaninov

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AllMusic Review by Blair Sanderson

Fans who have been collecting Lang Lang's albums for a number of years should look closely at this 2014 Deutsche Grammophon twofer, because these Rachmaninov recordings are likely to be in their libraries already. The live performances of the Piano Concerto No. 2 in C minor and the Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, backed by Valery Gergiev and the Mariinsky Orchestra, were released together in 2005; additionally, the Trio élégiaque No. 1 in G minor with violinist Vadim Repin and cellist Mischa Maisky, the Prelude in G minor, and the Piano Sonata No. 2 in B flat minor appeared on other Deutsche Grammophon albums that decade. The concert recording of the Piano Concerto No. 3 in D minor, performed with Yuri Temirkanov and the St. Petersburg Philharmonic, was originally released by Telarc in 2002. That said, there are undoubtedly many who are discovering Lang Lang for the first or second time, for whom such a collection is a real convenience that brings some of his most popular recordings into one blockbuster package. The two piano concertos and the rhapsody recommend themselves because of their fame, so less obvious choices for newcomers to sample would be the Trio (track 30), the Prelude (track 31), and the Sonata (tracks 35-37), to hear some of the subtler aspects of Lang Lang's artistry.

Track Listing - Disc 1

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
Piano Concerto No. 2 in C minor, Op. 18
1 Lang Lang 11:44 Amazon
2 Lang Lang 12:27 Amazon
3 Lang Lang 12:19 Amazon
Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, for piano and orchestra, Op. 43
4 Lang Lang 00:09 Amazon
5 Lang Lang 00:20 Amazon
6 Lang Lang 00:20 Amazon
7 Lang Lang 00:20 Amazon
8 Lang Lang 00:26 Amazon
9 Lang Lang 00:29 Amazon
10 Lang Lang 00:30 Amazon
11 Lang Lang 01:07 Amazon
12 Lang Lang 01:12 Amazon
13 Lang Lang 00:35 Amazon
14 Lang Lang 00:32 Amazon
15 Lang Lang 00:56 Amazon
16 Lang Lang 01:44 Amazon
17 Lang Lang 01:13 Amazon
18 Lang Lang 00:28 Amazon
19 Lang Lang 00:43 Amazon
20 Lang Lang 01:10 Amazon
21 Lang Lang 01:30 Amazon
22 Lang Lang 01:58 Amazon
23 Lang Lang 02:48 Amazon
24 Lang Lang 00:26 Amazon
25 Lang Lang 00:35 Amazon
26 Lang Lang 00:25 Amazon
27 Lang Lang 01:39 Amazon
28 Lang Lang 00:51 Amazon
29 Lang Lang 01:27 Amazon
30 Lang Lang 15:01 Amazon
31 Lang Lang 04:32 Amazon
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