Lang Lang at the Royal Albert Hall concert. Lang Lang performs two sets of piano pieces and eight encores at the Royal Albert Hall in November, 2013.
The first set is as follows:
1. Mozart Piano Sonata No. 5
2. Mozart Piano Sonata No. 4
3. Mozart Piano Sonata No. 8
The second set:
1. Chopin Ballade No. 1
2. Chopin Ballade No. 2
3. Chopin Ballade No. 3
4. Chopin Ballade No. 4
The encores include:
1. Ponce Intermezzo No. 1
2. Lecuona ...Y la negra ballaba!
3. Zuqiang Wu and Mingxin Du The Dance of the Waterweeds
4. Mozart "Rondo alla Turca" from Piano Sonata No. 11
5. Schumann Davidsbündlertänze
6. Chopin Waltz No. 6 "Minute Waltz"
7. Chopin Nocturne No. 16
8. Scriabin Étude in D-sharp minor
Directed by Christian Kurt Weisz; Technical Manager was Mario Mentel; produced by Bernhard Fleischer. Released in 2014, program was recorded with 48kHz/24-bit sound sampling and disc has 5.1 dts-HD Master Audio sound. Grade: A-
The imp-angel is back! Everybody is worried about the death of classical music; but, if it's really dying, it ain't Lang Lang's fault. He plays all over the world at the rate of about 20 gigs a year, usually solo recitals. He has made quite a few CDs recently with Sony. And now we have his 2nd HDVD, made in 2013 when he sold 10,000 tickets for 2 performances at the Royal Albert Hall in London.
How do you play piano for 5,000 people? Elegant casual dress disarms them. Exaggerated body language and facial expressions help connect to them. And to be sure they can hear everything, raise the volume of the soft passages. (My impression is that the piano was not amplified.) Convince them that your stage persona is your real affable, friendly, ingratiating self. Put yourself right in their middle so you can touch them as you go "behind stage" for break. And keep the whole place dark and use purple spotlights, as you can see from my first screen shot below. (The artwork on the keepcase show an illuminated hall, but that is false light created by post production editing.) Finally, show you're having fun, and they will too:
Director Weisz and his crew got the cameras set up right so the keyboard always looks rectangular:
The next 5 shots come from the Mozart sonatas: