Post by Mack A. Damia Post by firstname.lastname@example.org Post by Mack A. Damia Post by email@example.com Post by Mack A. Damia Post by firstname.lastname@example.org Post by Mack A. Damia Post by Snidely Post by Mack A. Damia Post by email@example.com Post by Quinn C Post by Mack A. Damia
I only clicked on it because I didn't remember which piece someone had
tacked the title "Tristesse" onto.
Lang Lang put a good bit of rage into the "sadness", so I don't know if
that's the best soother. I prefer myself a more traditional
interpretation, e.g. http://youtu.be/8ltXHzqEVpk
I have been told that Lang Lang specializes in loud, crashing
piano playing. A friend who goes to a lot of recitals and has seen him
several times calls him Bang Bang.
I have never read anything about his "loudness" and "crashing". Are
you confusing him with another?
In April 2009, when Time Magazine included Lang in its list of the 100
most influential people, Herbie Hancock described his playing as "so
sensitive and so deeply human", commenting: "You hear him play, and he
never ceases to touch your heart."
Other people have called him "Bang-Bang" as well. He has a lot of
not-fans. He's just back from an extended stand-down due to hand
Don't come on with that bullshit, M8E. Supply references. Otherwise
you are merely playing pissing games.
My bladder is fine.
This is from TONG, although some names may be recognizable.
[and quotes a line of a previous post by BT]
Post by Mack A. Damia Post by firstname.lastname@example.org Post by Mack A. Damia Post by Snidely Post by Mack A. Damia Post by email@example.com Post by Quinn C
It must have been his lack of flamboyance.
The real question, though, is "is he a pianist?"
I'd have thought so, why not?
He's started playing some of the sonata stuff lately, without the
bombast. It's ok, but he's no Brendel, though
My friend who goes to a lot of piano recitals and has seen Lang Lang a
couple of times is critical of his technique, says he just bangs the
keyboard as hard as he can.
That's why he's aka Bang-Bang. But, as I suggested he seems to be
getting a little more finesse nowadays
One KUSC host has promised to never play a Lang Lang recording
(I don't think any of the others have refused to,
but they also slip in Karl Jenkins from time to time).
I don't think said host has said "Bang Bang" on the air,
but I doubt he'd hesitate to agree.
As for the stand-down, it affected the calendar of
The Philharmonic Society of Orange County,
for a local reference,
and also at least one festival (I forget which one,
but it was relatively short notice).
Hand injury was mentioned in the announcements
as the reason for the cancellations.
It is all nonsense. Lang Lang can play something soft and tender as
well as he can pound the keys as in 'forte'.
It is matters of following the leader and jealousy. One critic is in
a bad mood, writes an unflattering review, and all the wannabe follow
You only have to listen to him to know the truth. Do you even play
the piano? Don't be pretentious.
You assume facts not in evidence. Don't be presumptuous.
There Are People Who Refer to Lang Lang As Bang Bang
And Feel That Nickname Is Appropriate.
It is a nickname invented by one jealous turd, and the other farts
just followed his/her lead.
Post by Mack A. Damia Post by firstname.lastname@example.org
(My opinion is unstated, although I was snarky in asking the "real" question.)
Don't be pretentious. You are not qualified to denigrate genius.
You, sir, need some help with reading comprehension.
You, madam, need some help in understanding others' motives including
My motivation in entering this part of the thread to was to show that
the nickname "Bang Bang" was not just the usage of an isolated individual.
Your motivation in being so vituperative when someone disagrees with your opinion?
I'm having a harder time reading that.
And these critics don't sound like they were just chorusing a popular meme:
(December 4, 2015)
[I will defer to our Brits for an evaluation of the individual reviewers in that list.]
Clearly some people think that Lang Lang has improved since his stand-down
(July 4, 2019)
(Oct 10, 2019)
And I was the one who reported that Lang Lang sought out mentors whenever he had the chance.
Clearly Lang Lang has star power. Would I rate him as a genius?
That depends on how I think he rates against such other pianists as
Yundi, Yuja Wang, Shai Wosner,
Valentina Lisitsa, Angela Hewitt, Helene Grimaud, Olga Kern,
(that's approximately Lang Lang's generation)
Simpone Dinnerstein, Jonathon Bliss, Stephen Hough, Marc-Andre Hamelin,
Lief Ove Andsnes, Jon Kimura Parker, Orli Shaham, Kieth Jarrett,
Adras Schiff, Evgeny Kissin, Garrick Ohlsson, Jean-Yves Thibaudet,
Mitsuko Uchida, Wu Han, Maurizio Polini, Murray Perahia, Joshua Rifkin,
Christoph Eschenbach, Gerhard Oppitz, Leon Fleisher,
Martha Argerich, Daniel Barenboim, Andre Previn,
Claudio Arrau, Alicia de Larrocha, Glenn Gould, Emil Gilels.
And yes, some of those names go with people I've heard in person
in live concerts. I suspect that between the members of AUE
(that is, RRs and other frequent posters)
just about all of those have been heard in person by at least one of us.
I hope your anger management program is successful.