lang lang thinks different

Here’s a video that’s been going around the blogosphere lately – it’s piano rockstar Lang Lang playing Flight of the Bumblebee as an encore after an appearance with the San Francisco Symphony.  The catch? He’s doing it on an iPad app, AND with the Steinway (at least towards the end).  Pretty cool, but I think there are still a few kinks to work out with the touch screen for piano playing purposes. (via Sarah @ Inside the Classics)

lang lang concert recap

I think it would be safe to say that Lang Lang’s Portland Oregon Symphony debut was a triumph.  The roar that came from the sold-out crowd at the Schnitz at the conclusion of the Rachmaninoff Second Piano Concerto was well nigh deafening, such was the response from the audience.  I can’t say that I’ve ever heard such a thing in my 13 years with the OSO. Continue reading “lang lang concert recap”

lang lang is… good!

Photo: © Felix Broede / Deutsche Grammophone

Well, for the orchestra, the anticipation came to an end around 11:00 a.m. this morning.  The unassuming, young, Armani-clad Asian pianist strode onto the stage, was introduced to the orchestra to polite applause, and then proceeded to mesmerize much of the orchestra with his off-the-beaten-path approach to the beginning of Rachmaninoff’s Second Piano Concerto.  I won’t give away how he does the beginning – it’s probably not much of a secret, but it’s better experienced with no advance knowledge, so I’ll leave it for you to discover if you have tickets to tonight’s sold out performance. Continue reading “lang lang is… good!”