A Wayward Word's Worth

December 22, 2011

China’s rebel piano virtuoso

Filed under: Uncategorized — kylelawrence @ 12:33 pm

Lang Lang takes Christmas Eve – and talks Alicia Keys, remixing Liszt and snubbing the White House. By Kyle Mullin for The Beijinger, Dec. 21 2011

It’s as if he’s pressing arteries instead of fingering keys – looking not for a melody but a pulse that drives the song. As Lang Lang flails and practically pants at the piano to resuscitate old concertos, fans say the Shenyang born virtuoso makes classical music look as compelling as it’s ever sounded – a sight that hundreds of fans will get a chance to glimpse during his Christmas Eve performance at the MasterCard Center. But in a telephone interview with The Beijinger Lang said his energetic performing isn’t meant to revive aged symphonies or make them fit for modern times. Below he answers our questions and reveals, among other things, why he couldn’t care less whether or not you care for classical music.

Why is your body language an important part of your performance, how does that help you make compositions by Beethoven and your hero Franz Liszt more accessible?
My goal is not to make classical music interesting. When I perform I don’t move my body just because the audience likes it. People find it more interesting when they watch, but when I was a kid I always played this way. It’s in my genes, it’s very natural.

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