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    Quote Originally Posted by Bulldog View Post
    I don't love Lang Lang. It has nothing to do with his visual mannerisms which I've only seen once. I go by the recordings, and I don't hear anything special or commanding.
    Pretty much this. It's amusing how often people say the only single reason anyone ever dislikes Lang Lang is because they dislike his visual mannerisms (rather than his interpretations, which is usually the real reason).
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    Quote Originally Posted by pjang23 View Post
    Good technique,
    Is it true that Lang Lang fakes; plays 'easier versions' of technically difficult sections in Liszt, as Richard Kastle claims?

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    Quote Originally Posted by pjang23 View Post
    Pretty much this. It's amusing how often people say the only single reason anyone ever dislikes Lang Lang is because they dislike his visual mannerisms (rather than his interpretations, which is usually the real reason).
    I cant stand watching Uchida's expressions etc and I hate the way she moves at the KB

    but she is worth listening to.

    The only thing that matters is quality of playing

    I remember a music comp for young people I was at a while ago - Nicholas Daniels )oboist) was the adjudicator. There was a talented young violinist who played the Monti csardas and he was doing all sorts of showmanship stuff before during and after. The adjudicator said - you dont have to add to the music - you play well - just play - nothing else is necessary.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hammeredklavier View Post
    Is it true that Lang Lang fakes; plays 'easier versions' of technically difficult sections in Liszt, as Richard Kastle claims?
    Though I accept his view of Lang Lang as 'the B team from China) he may be exaggerating about himself somewhat. There is another video on youtube of several virtuosi playing the passage he cites - with Kastle in the list - and his performance is definitely worse than Rachmaninov's, Cziffra's and Maksim Mrvica's. Jung Lin also plays well.
    "Mediocrity knows nothing higher than itself; but talent instantly recognises genius."

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    I have none of his recordings. I think he's fun. More power to him.

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    I don't give a damn about an artist's gestures or facial expressions when performing - if I don't like it I just close my eyes and listen - not a big deal.

    I only have one cd with Lang Lang. A recording on DG of Mendelssohn's first piano concerto coupled with Tchaikovsky's first piano concerto both with Barenboim conducting. The Mendelssohn is quite interesting because it is so much HEAVIER than any other recording I have ever heard of that work. - It isn't necessarily the best recording ever made, but it's just so different - sort of like Mendelssohn's first piano concerto played like the first Brahms piano concerto or something like that.

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