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Lang Lang - The Chopin Album (2012) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz
Lang Lang - The Chopin Album (2012) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Сomposer: Frédéric Chopin (1810-1849)
Artist: Lang Lang
Title: The Chopin Album
Genre: Classical
Label: © Sony Music Entertainment
Release Date: 2012
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: Qobuz
Duration: 01:15:35
Recorded: 2010-2012

The Chopin Album is Lang Lang's first recording for Sony devoted entirely to the solo piano music of the Romantic master, focused on the Études, Op. 25, with three of the most popular Nocturnes and a handful of other pieces included for good measure. While Lang Lang's phenomenal popularity guarantees this CD's success, and his ability to play the technically demanding Études will impress his fans, devotees of Chopin's music may be skeptical of the pianist's interpretations, which at their best are flashy and extroverted. While it's not necessary to play Chopin close to the vest, with the expressive reticence of a wallflower, Lang Lang is no introvert, and it shows in the pieces where sensitivity and poetic refinement are desirable. He plays with his customary bravado in the loudest Études, the Grande Valse Brillante, the Grande Polonaise, and even in the inaccurately nicknamed "Minute" Waltz, but his expression at softer levels seems affectless, uninvolved, and rather uninteresting. While connoisseurs may balk at this fairly showy album, it is sure to appeal to a wide audience, perhaps most especially because of the inclusion of Lang Lang's duet with Danish singer Oh Land, "Tristesse," which is based on Chopin's Étude in E major, Op. 10/3, and taken from the soundtrack for the film The Flying Machine. Sony's sound is generally good, though Lang Lang's dynamic range is wide enough to make setting the volume a little tricky. --AllMusic Review by Blair Sanderson

Frédéric Chopin (1810-1849)
Études (12), Op. 25
1. No. 1 in A-Flat Major 02:54
2. No. 2 in F Minor 01:41
3. No. 3 in F Major 01:50
4. No. 4 in A Minor 01:32
5. No. 5 in E Minor 03:57
6. No. 6 in G-Sharp Minor 02:05
7. No. 7 in C-Sharp Minor 05:54
8. No. 8 in D-Flat Major 01:02
9. No. 9 in G-Flat Major 01:07
10. No. 10 in B Minor 04:45
11. No. 11 in A Minor 03:49
12. No. 12 in C Minor 02:29

13. Nocturne No. 16 in E flat major, Op. 55 No. 2 06:06
14. Nocturne No. 4 in F major, Op. 15 No. 1 05:24
15. Waltz No. 1 in E flat major 'Grande Valse Brillante', Op. 18 05:47
Andante spianato & Grande Polonaise, Op. 22
16. Andante spianato 05:20
17. Grande Polonaise 09:56

18. Nocturne No. 20 in C sharp minor, Op. post. 04:42
19. Waltz Op. 64, No. 1 in D-Flat Major 02:10

Lang Lang, piano

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