Lang Lang Plays Tchaikovsky

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Thursday, February 17, 2011

The confetti and balloons have long since been cleared away, but you can relive the festivity of New Year's Eve in this week's broadcast. Alan Gilbert conducts Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No. 1 with soloist Lang Lang. Also on tap are the Polonaise from Eugene Onegin and the magical second act of The Nutcracker.

Program Details:

Tchaikovsky: Polonaise from Eugene Onegin

Tchaikovsky: Piano Concerto No. 1

Tchaikovsky: The Nutcracker, Act II

Alan Gilbert, conductor

Lang Lang, piano

Comments [1]

Kenneth Bennett Lane from BOONTON, NJ

LANG LANG masterfully has matured as interpreter and technician at the piano. With his performance of Tschaikowski's Piano Concerto #1 with ALAN GILBERT conducting the New York Philharmonic he has secured his preeminence among his peers. MAESTRO GILBERT knows how to thematically program the selections to maximize the enjoyment. In this program the melodies of the Polonaise from the opera Eugen Onegin and the Act #2 Nutcracker Suite made for melliflous, spell-binding melodic hedonistic pleasure. Maestri Dmitri Mitropoulous, Leonard Bernstein, Hugh Ross, Leopold Stokpwski, and Andre Rieu and instrumentalists Paganini, Rachmaninoff, Paderewski, Vladimir Horowitz, Franz Liszt, Frederic Chopin, Sarasate, Josef Hofmann, and Simon Barere, and fine arts masters like Benvenuto Cellini, Salvador Dali, Leonardo da Vinci and Michelangelo and, even the obvious sensation-hungry Madonna, Lady Gaga and Liberace, ALL demonstrated that " talent" often "benefits" from controversy, good or bad. with a flourish of sensation-aimed antics. Lang Lang, IMHO, WILL develop into the superior pianist and interpreter that he, undoubtedly has in his genes. Handlers often make bad decisions for their clients as regarding "rep" and their professional image Of course, there are style considerations and the composer's supposed intentions that SHOULD prevail if indeed we KNOW from the composer what he seeks to convey. The true masterpieces survive even the entreprenuristic aspect of uniqueness for its, THEIR, own sake.

Feb. 17 2011 08:04 PM

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