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Live from Carnegie Hall: Lang Lang

Welcome to a new blog series in which we chronicle some of the many albums recorded live at Carnegie Hall over the decades (a search of "Carnegie Hall Live" on yields 400 results!).

From the iconic—Judy at Carnegie Hall—to the comic—Ray Romano Live at Carnegie Hall—from classical to rock, and from country to show tunes, we will shine a spotlight on a different recording every two weeks. Enjoy!

Artist: Lang Lang
Album: Lang Lang Live at Carnegie Hall
Date Recorded: November 7, 2003
Fun Fact: You can buy the 26 second applause track on or iTunes!

Not yet 22, Lang Lang had already performed twice at Carnegie Hall—with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra conducted by Yuri Temirkanov in 2001 and with the New York String Orchestra under Jaime Laredo in 2002—before making his solo recital debut in Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage on November 7, 2003.

The program for this sold-out performance, which Deutsche Grammaphon recorded for CD and DVD release, consisted of pieces by Chopin, Haydn, Liszt, Schubert, and Schumann, as well as the New York premiere of Tan Dun's Eight Memories In Watercolour.

The audience was treated to five encores, one of which, Liszt's Liebestraum No.3, is included on the recording.


Lang Lang has performed at Carnegie Hall more than a dozen times since his recital debut, including three concerts during 2009's Ancient Paths, Modern Voices festival, and he will return on September 29 for Opening Night with the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Nikolaus Harnoncourt.

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