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Carnegie Hall Live: Lang Lang Plays Bach, Schubert And Chopin

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BACH Partita No. 1 in B-flat Major, BWV 825

SCHUBERT Sonata in B-flat Major, D. 960

CHOPIN Twelve Etudes, Op. 25

LISZT Romance, S. 169

LiSZT Grande Etude de Paganini, S. 141 "La Campanella"

Hovering just on the edge of turning 30, Lang Lang has to be acknowledged as the most famous classical pianist on the planet. Popular legend has it that this one player and his mind-blowing success have spurred tens of millions of Chinese children to learn the piano (an idea bolstered by a ten-part video series on his website called "The Lang Lang Effect").

What Lang Lang is best known for is the sonic fireworks he brings to his performances. He often favors big, bold music with outsized verve, whether it's Rachmaninov or new turns on Chinese folk songs. But in this concluding concert of Carnegie Hall's 2012-13 season, Lang Lang turned his attentions to some more introspective compositions: Bach's Partita No. 1 in B-flat Major, BWV 825; Schubert's Sonata in B-flat Major, D. 960; and Chopin's 12 Etudes, Op. 25.

Copyright 2012 WQXR Radio

Anastasia Tsioulcas is a correspondent on NPR's Culture desk. She is intensely interested in the arts at the intersection of culture, politics, economics and identity, and primarily reports on music. Recently, she has extensively covered gender issues and #MeToo in the music industry, including the trial and conviction of former R&B superstar R. Kelly; backstage tumult and alleged secret deals in the wake of sexual misconduct allegations against megastar singer Plácido Domingo; and gender inequity issues at the Grammy Awards.