Lang Lang: Beethoven - Sonatas no.3 & 23 "Appassionata" (24/44 FLAC)
Lang Lang: Beethoven – Sonatas no.3 & 23 “Appassionata” (24/44 FLAC)

Composer: Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer: Lang Lang
Format: FLAC (tracks)
Label: Sony
Release: 2019
Size: 495 MB
Recovery: +3%
Scan: yes

Piano Sonata No. 3 in C major, Op. 2 No. 3
01. I. Allegro con brio
02. II. Adagio
03. III. Scherzo. Allegro – Trio
04. IV. Allegro assai

Piano Sonata No. 23 In F Minor, Op. 57 “Appassionata”
05. I. Allegro assai – Più Allegro
06. II. Andante con moto – Attacca
07. III. Allegro ma non troppo – Presto

Piano Sonata No. 17 in D minor, Op. 31 No. 2 “Tempest”
08. I. Largo – Allegro

International stardom has made Lang Lang into an ambassador for the classical repertoire. Sony has chosen Beethoven’s 250th birthday to release a compilation that was born of a live concert recorded in Vienna, a city which has seen the birth of so many of the composer’s works. The collection takes in Sonata No.3 and No.23, also known as Appassionata. These scores are an imaginary battlefield pitting the writer’s contending passions against one another. Beethoven, subject to a compulsive inspiration, uses his writing to guide, even contain, this irresistible force: the greatest liberty dammed up by reason, an apparent paradox which his art summarises well.
But here Lang Lang gives us an almost fantastical Beethoven. The pianist has fun with a repertoire which exacerbates contrasts thanks to an immense palette of nuances and several liberties taken with the tempos. Although his level of technique permits him such extravagances, it must be said that he is much more conventional with Beethoven than he is with Rachmaninov. You don’t fool around with the Master of Bonn. The record closes on a studio version of the first movement of Sonata No.17 (the famous Tempest), recorded for the video game Gran Turismo 5. The rather grandiloquent switch between its Largo and Allegro sections makes its mark on the text. Lang Lang serves up a very literally visual interpretation of this score, built around the most epic settings that these Beethovian storms permit.

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