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I don't get the Lang Lang superstar bit. Some of his Rachmaninoff is good and his Chopin. But he doesn't shine over any one of a dozen young artists.
And this one? Oh no! (note: I'm just talking about the concertos, not the sonatas). The playing is dull, uninspired, lagging behind the orchestra as if he can't keep up. Mozart has some lovely quiet legato passages in these pieces. And that's what Lang does best. But there is no joy, exuberance, dancing, light, or life. It's like he's being dragged along into something that he would rather not be doing. Meanwhile the orchestra is banging away with quick tempos and a wide dynamic range. it's like they are in two different recordings.
Compare this sad attempt at Mozart with: Brendel, Goode, Uchida, Perahia, or Anderzewski and you will very quickly see what I mean. They dance, soar, have a blast, get into the quiet without making it like Debussy or a Chopin nocturne. They breathe life into it, while Lang seems, well, depressed.
Reviewed in the United States on December 28, 2014
Lang Lang in all his garishness...this is decidedly average Mozart playing; for LL's many fans (inexplicable to me), they will eat this up, but serious lovers of Mozart music would do better to stick with established Mozartean intepreters such as the late Alicia de Larrocha, Murray Perahia or Mitsuko Uchida...
I'll admit that his playing is competent enough, but not much more than that...