Lang Lang, one of the hottest young stars of the classical world, has incredible facility with the piano. He does everything from playing at a White House Gala to opening the 2014 Asian Games in Incheon, South Korea with Psy (yes, of Gangnam Style fame) and being the UN Messenger of Peace. He’s a busy guy. It is startling to see the ease with which he extemporaneously plays starkly different pieces, as he does in this video on how he checks out a new piano (care of The Daily Telegraph). Not many can chat and play Schumann or Bach at the same time. So it’s exciting to see him turn his attention to some of Mozart’s Piano Concertos and Sonatas.
Mr. Lang’s creates accurate, emotive and confident music on this album that portrays Mozart well but ultimately falls shy of inspirational. I do recommend listening to both of the concertos as well as the Rondo known as The Turkish March which requires the serious technical adroitness he displays so well.
The full review is on FMRDX.com