NEW YORK, Aug. 23 /PRNewswire/ -- Sony Classical is proud to announce its debut release "LIVE IN VIENNA" from one of the most thrilling and inspiring musicians of our time, the world-renowned pianist LANG LANG. Recorded and filmed live in Vienna's legendary Musikverein concert hall, the Sony Classical debut will be available on August 24 in multiple formats. This release represents Lang Lang's second live recorded recital to date after the best-selling "Live at Carnegie Hall" in 2004, which marked his international breakthrough as a recording artist. He has performed the new album's program at the world's major concert venues and will continue to tour with it throughout 2011.
As Lang Lang puts it: "For me, there are few halls around the globe that have the same prestige as Carnegie Hall and the Musikverein. Of course there are other great halls, but I always feel these two have a unique place in people's hearts. So I felt that after Carnegie Hall, the Musikverein would be the place where I should do another live recording."
The program for his Sony Classical debut features Lang Lang's first-ever recording of Beethoven sonatas: The famous Appassionata, a milestone in the piano literature, is paired with the composer's youthful C major Sonata op. 2, no. 3. Virtuosity of a different order is displayed in Albeniz's impressionistic memories of his native Spain in Book 1 of Iberia. The program closes with one of Prokofiev's explosive War Sonatas, the revolutionary Seventh Sonata. Finally, to celebrate the Chopin Bicentennial we hear three encores of this Polish genius's most popular works: the "Aeolian Harp" Etude, the "Heroic" Polonaise in A flat major, and the sparkling Grande Valse Brillante No. 2.
This recital, one of 2010's most eagerly-awaited classical recordings, will be released in its entirety on the following multiple formats: Deluxe limited edition, Blu-ray, DVD, LP vinyl and Digital formats. For the first time Lang Lang will be performing some of the album's repertoire in the new spectacular 3D format which will be a bonus feature on the Blu-Ray. This will include the first movement of Beethoven's Appassionata Sonata, Evocation from Albeniz's Iberia suite, the explosive finale of Prokofiev's Seventh Sonata and Chopin's "Heroic" Polonaise. This forms part of Lang Lang's commitment to reaching new audiences through innovative technologies, a goal he also aims to realize through his global brand ambassadorship with Sony Electronics. The Blu-Ray will be released on October 12, 2010. The standard DVD will be available on September 7, 2010. The CD, LP vinyl, CD/DVD combo and the first classical iTunes LP will release on August 24, 2010.
Lang Lang began playing the piano at the age of three and had already won the Shenyang Competition and given his first recital by the tender age of five. He shot to world-wide fame at seventeen when he triumphed in the Tchaikovsky Concerto with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra at the "Gala of the Century". Since then he has become one of the most sought-after musicians around the globe and was listed by TIME magazine among the "100 Most Influential People in the World". Watched by more than five billion viewers, he played at the opening ceremonies of the 2008 Beijing Olympics, and performed alongside Herbie Hancock at the 50th Grammy Awards. In December 2007, Lang Lang was guest soloist at the Nobel Prize concert in Stockholm, an event attended by the Nobel Laureates and members of the Royal Family. He returned as soloist for the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize awarding ceremony and concert for President Barack H. Obama.
Lang Lang is an inspiration to young musicians everywhere and has made it his personal mission to broaden the appeal of classical music to the widest possible audience. He has founded the "Lang Lang International Music Foundation" with the aim of identifying and supporting exceptionally gifted piano students between the ages of six and ten, and he made a historic appearance on the finale of "Oprah's Search for the World's Smartest and Most Talented Kids," duetting with three young musicians from his Foundation. Ever since the pianist shot to fame, China has been in the grip of a piano-learning frenzy known as the "Lang Lang Effect," and Steinway has recognized the pianist's popularity with children by creating five versions of the "Lang Lang Steinway," designed for early music education.
In recognition of his commitment to young people he was made a Goodwill Ambassador for UNICEF in 2004. He has also been appointed one of the World Economic Forum's "Young Global Leaders," and is an official Ambassador to this year's World Expo in Shanghai where he has performed in the opening ceremony.
2010 U.S. Tour Dates
September 18 – Dallas, TX – Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center
September 20 – Santa Fe, NM – Santa Fe Opera House
September 22 – Newark, NJ – Prudential Hall
September 25 – Washington D.C. – John F. Kennedy Center Concert Hall
September 29 – NYC – Carnegie Hall
December 31 – NYC – Avery Fisher Hall
SOURCE Sony Classical