Lang Lang as Chinese Punk
Here is an account of Lang Lang's performance at the Rudolfinum in Prague:
It was no wonder that Lang Lang's Prague debut drew unprecedented numbers of listeners or that the programs were sold out long before concert night, which shouldn't happen for institutions like the Czech Philharmonic. Lang Lang excelled in his version of Rachmaninov's demanding Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini. He even added a soulful expression to the virtuosic technique, which literally flowed from the keyboard and with this the composition's many variations flowed airily by.
I envision the female members of the audience, swooning with faint sighs, as he draws out his handkerchief with a dramatic, positively Lisztian, flourish and dabs a pristine drop of sweat from his forehead. It would be right at one cadences that is sparklingly punctuated by the glokenspiel, or perhaps one of the slow and dramatic ones with roiling arpeggios, or better yet, when the Dies Irae rears its head. Yet it's still difficult to find the punk in all of this. I mean really, Rachmaninov? Of course, Šporcl is even more disadvantaged here since he's on a Dvořák concert tour this season.
Source: Novinky: Lang Lang jako čínský punk
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