Sony Classical Releases Lang Lang 'live In Vienna' On August 24

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MEDIA RELEASE PR40941


Sony Classical Releases LANG LANG 'LIVE IN VIENNA' on August 24


NEW YORK, Aug. 24 /PRNewswire-AsiaNet/ --


                   Vienna Recital Released On Multiple Formats


    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

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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


    CONTACT: Angela Barkan, 

             angela.barkan@sonymusic.com , 

             +1-212-833-8575, 


             or Larissa Slezak,

             larissa.slezak@sonymusic.com, 

             +1-212-833-6075


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