May 24, 2012
Pianist Lang Lang is a classical music celebrity, a hero to many. But he also has his own heroes. In today's show, Lang Lang talks about his idol, composer Franz Liszt. The two have more in common than you might think. Both showmen with blazing technique on the piano, both utterly fearless on the concert stage. Lang Lang gives a fiery performance of Liszt's Piano Concerto No. 1, in concert with the Cincinnati Symphony.
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Scherzo from A Midsummer Night's Dream
The Vienna Philharmonic, Andre Previn, conductor
Petite Symphonie in B-flat, Op. 216
The Orchestra of the Suisse Romande, Heinz Holliger, conductor
Batiment des Forces Motrices, Geneva, Switzerland
Piano Concerto No. 1 in E-flat , S. 124
Lang Lang, piano, the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, Jun Markl, conductor
Cincinnati Music Hall, Cincinnati
Johann Strauss, Sr.
Chinese Galop, Op. 20
The Stradivari Quartet
Flagler Museum, Palm Beach, Florida
Johann Strauss, Jr.
The Either/Or Polka, Op. 403
The Vienna Philharmonic, Mariss Jansons, conductor
Musikverein, Vienna, Austria
Verano Porteno (Summer, from the Four Seasons of Buenos Aires)
Manuel Barrueco, guitar
First movement from Songs for Tony
The Amstel Saxophone Quartet
Symphony No. 4, Op. 105, Sinfonia Concertante
David Le Page, violin, Christopher Allan, cello, Diane Clark, flute, Sally Harrop, clarinet, the Orchestra of the Swan, Kenneth Woods, conductor
Civic Hall, Stratford-upon-Avon, England
La Muerte del Angel (Death of an Angel)
Beatrice Friedman Symphony Center, Sarasota, Florida