LANG LANG returns with new album ‘Piano Book’

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One of the world’s biggest classical stars, Lang Lang, now returns with his brand new solo album ‘Piano Book’ – a collection of pieces which first inspired him to play the piano and led him on his path to international stardom.

Lang Lang‘s first new studio album in three years marks his return to Universal Music Group and Deutsche Grammophon – the label he first signed to in 2003 – and gathers together many of the miniatures that generations of amateur pianists have grown up with.



Lang Lang says:

“I want to take every music lover on a journey through my favourite piano pieces. I hope to inspire as well as motivate every piano student to remain focused during daily practice, and to play and understand these essential pieces for what they really are: true masterpieces!”


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Piano Book – Track listing:

CD1

1.                   J.S. Bach: Prelude in C Major, BWV 846 [The Well-Tempered Clavier: Book 1, BWV 846-869]

2.                   Beethoven: Bagatelle No. 25 in A Minor, WoO 59 “Für Elise”

3.                   Richter: The Departure

4.                   Mendelssohn: 4. Presto “Spinning Song” [Lieder ohne Worte, Op. 67]

5.                   Debussy: 3. Clair de lune [Suite bergamasque, L. 75]

6.                   Debussy: 1. Doctor Gradus ad Parnassum [Children’s Corner, L. 113]

7.                   Chopin: 15. Sostenuto in D-Flat Major, C. 180 “Raindrop” [24 Préludes, Op. 28, C. 166-189]

8.                   Mozart: 1. Allegro [Piano Sonata No. 16 in C Major, K. 545 “Sonata facile”]

9.                   Clementi: 2. Andante [Sonatina No. 1 in C Major, Op. 36]

10.                Czerny: 1. Presto [The School of Velocity, Op. 299]

11.                Tiersen: 4. La Valse d’Amélie [Six Pieces for Piano, Volume 2]

12.                Debussy: Rêverie, L. 68

13.                Schubert: 3. Allegro moderato [6 Moments musicaux, Op. 94, D. 780]

14.                Grieg: 6. To Spring [Lyric Pieces Book III, Op. 43]

15.                Schumann: 8. Wilder Reiter [Album für die Jugend, Op. 68 / Part 1: Für Kleinere]

16.                Poulenc: 2. Staccato [Villageoises: Six petites pièces enfantines pour piano, FP 65]

17.                Huang: The Merry Shepherd Boy

18.                Sakamoto: Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence (Arr. for Piano)

19.                Badarzewska-Baranowska: The Maiden’s Prayer, Op. 4

20.- 32. Mozart: Tema [12 Variations in C Major on “Ah, vous dirai-je Maman”, K. 265]

20.                J.S. Bach: Minuet No. 1 in G Major, BWV Suppl. 114 

CD2

1.                   Kats-Chernin: 2. Eliza Aria (Arr. for Piano) [Wild Swans Suite]

2.                   De Lulli: The Celebrated Chop Waltz

3.                   Traditional: Jasmine Flower (Arr. for Piano Solo by Schindler)

4.                   Ginastera: 2. Danza de la moza donosa [Danzas Argentinas, Op. 2]

5.                   Traditional: Limu, limu, lima (Arr. by Schindler)

6.                   Elgar: No. 9 “Nimrod” (Arr. for Solo Piano by Elgar) [Variations on an Original Theme, Op. 36 “Enigma”]

7.                   Traditional: Arirang (Arr. for Piano Solo by Schindler)

8.                   Joplin: Maple Leaf Rag


The album will be released in multiple formats, among them a Limited Score Edition – a box containing the deluxe double album and full piano scores, including Für Elise, as annotated by Lang Lang himself.

Lang Lang Piano Book’ is also available as a high-end hardback edition for piano, published by Faber Music.

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