Lang Lang Plays Bach's Goldberg Variations
St. Thomas Church Leipzig
Although he had already learnt them by heart as a teenager, Lang Lang refrained from performing Bach's Goldberg Variations in public for many years. When he finally came to record it for Deutsche Grammophon, he painstakingly re-studied the intimidatingly complex variations and consulted experts in historical performance practice – including Nikolaus Harnoncourt and Andreas Staier – about tempo and ornamentation. The result is a new perspective on the legendary work, characterized in equal measure by learning and freshness of approach. The Chinese pianist describes the concert recorded in Leipzig's Thomaskirche – where Bach worked for many years as Cantor – as an "unbelievable emotional experience".
- Lang Lang (Piano)