The Well-Tempered Ear

Classical music ALERT: Chinese pianist Lang-Lang closes out the Carnegie Hall season with a ruminative recital of Bach, Schubert and Chopin that you can stream LIVE TONIGHT (Tuesday, May 29, 2012) at 8 p.m. EDT. | May 29, 2012

By Jacob Stockinger

Whatever you may think of the Chinese pianist Lang-Lang (below, in a photo y Marco Borggreve), there is no denying he is probably the most popular classical pianist in the world – and just maybe the most popular classical musician of any kind in the world.

And he may even be toning down his act, now that he is approaching 30. Imagine — Lang-Lang without Liszt!

The Chinese Liberace – nicknamed Bang Bang by some of his harsh critics because of his flamboyant showmanship and attire – is performing a LIVE performance at Carnegie Hall tonight at 8 p.m. EDT. The concert will close out the season at Carnegie Hall, and The Ear is betting it will be sold out.

The program – which starts at 8 p.m. EDT or 7 p.m. CDT — is BIG and much less flashy than what he usually performs. It features J.S. Bach’s Partita No. 1 in B-Flat Major, BWV 825; Schubert’s soulful last Sonata in B-Fat Major, D. 960; and all 12 of Chopin’s Etudes, Op. 25. The Ear suspects you can expect a lot of encores.

Here is a link to the live streaming site, which is a welcome and wonderful cooperative effort between Carnegie Hall and the famed New York City classical radio station WQXR.

If you miss it tonight live, it will also be archived and available at the same website.!/programs/carnegie/2012/may/29/?utm_source=local&utm_media=treatment&utm_campaign=carousel&utm_content=item0

And here is a link to brief story on NPR about the concert along with a listing of the many other Carnegie Hall concerts – vocal, orchestral, piano and chamber – that you can stream. What a treasure trove now and in years to come!

Happy Listening!


  1. I listened to the live concert yesterday simply because I could not imagine Lang Lang without Liszt. Then surprise! He played Liszt for the encores!

    Comment by Ting-Li Lin — May 30, 2012 @ 10:12 am

    • Hi Ting-Li,
      Thank you for reading and replying.
      I guess at some point Lang Lang has to give his fans what they want or even demand.
      So Liszt it is!
      Or was.
      Surprise, indeed!
      But wWhat did you think of the overall program. I and others would be interested in knowing.

      Comment by welltemperedear — May 30, 2012 @ 11:03 am

      • Hi Jake,
        I have been a reader for a while and really enjoy reading your blog.
        I was not impressed by Lang Lang’s performance yesterday. I think it’s lack of energy. His music sounded like he’s bored at playing those pieces (or notes). However, when it came to Liszt, he sounded like a totally different pianist, full of emotion and excitement, which reminds me ten years ago when I first heard him playing Rachmaninoff No.2 with the Chicago Symphony at the Symphony Hall in Chicago.

        Comment by Ting-Li Lin — May 30, 2012 @ 1:34 pm

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