First and foremost, this release is yet another brilliant marketing ploy on the part of Lang Lang and his seemingly infallible promoters. Every piece in this rather pricey set (if you're going for the "Piano Album" complete with the scores) is a five-finger exercise for a pianist of his caliber. Lang Lang can play these pieces blindfolded, and not miss a single note. For amateur pianists who can play Beethoven's "Fur Elise", the point of Lang Lang's version is: This is how a world-class virtuoso would play it ---and you can't. Ever. I can attest to this personally because I do still play the piece for my personal pleasure, and know fully well that I will never play it as effortlessly, and indeed beautifully, as Lang Lang does. Lang Lang throws in a few contemporary surprises for good measure, as it were, but again, the level of virtuosity required of HIM is rudimentary and minimal at best. Otherwise, most of the pieces here are unsurprising and well-known to aspiring pianists, and EVERY serious Classical music fan/listener, or should be. It is enjoyable enough, but by no means challenging for everyone concerned: Lang Lang, piano students, and music lovers. NO other great contemporary and popular pianist could have gotten away with this repertoire and sell the CD's, with expensive scores to boot. Not Kissin, not Trifonov, not even Yuja Wang. This is borderline Liberace territory. This is Lang Lang "slumming", pure and simple, marketed brilliantly by his handlers, as usual. I listen to him (and other great pianists) not for the "difficulty" of the pieces, which is a relative matter, but for his virtuosity, which is not.