Lang Lang’s Beethoven

Originally from Canadian “Ring,” Lang Lang, Divans, Something American

P.S. 1. Concerning Lang Lang’s Beethoven,

It sounds like a monkey. While imitating Barenboim’s tone-making technique, Lang lost his major characteristics, which I believe made this circus-boy a popular pianist. Lang was physically fresh/immature, and therefore, while dancing on the piano chair, he was able to utilize all his physical ability, which resulted in both major and minor characteristics in his tone-making. Sooner or later, he will lose his youth. What will happen to this physical sound?

I think. Had he just continued to concentrate on what he was doing and followed his better sound, instead of imitating Barenboim’s words, words, and words, he could have achieved what Barenboim explained in his masterclass in the most effective way. Years would take for a boy to achieve it, though. What I feel funny about this Beethoven is that Lang never questions his performance while running on the keyboard. Doesn’t he really know the basic difference between Schnabel’s pianism and Barenboim’s?

While listening to Lang’s Beethoven, a thought occurred to me.

I was forced to watch these and those who gathered around Barenboim. They study Furtwangler then sound like Go-To-Hell. I had to think. Whoever joins Barenboim’s Furtwangler dream, he turns into a trash. Moreover, I start to hear something Furtwangler from the opposite side of Barenboim. I hear this music from those who never consider Barenboim as their mentor or even their friend.

I was among those who don’t believe in the effect of Mozart music in prenatal education. Mozart’s mother didn’t listen to Mozart while expecting her baby, yet Elena Bashkirova was surely born with this music.

Furtwangler didn’t study Furtwangler. He’d just absorbed all the possible knowledge from his predecessors. He’d just spent his whole life studying music. While concentrating his every each note, he pondered about the meaning of every each note in his scores, which were the only proof of the great composers.

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