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Lang Lang, Piano

Tuesday, October 12, 2021 8 PM Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage
Lang Lang by Olaf Heine / Deutsche Grammophon
Megastar pianist Lang Lang generates high-voltage excitement with each performance. This Carnegie Hall favorite—praised for his “exhilarating flair and brilliance” (The Guardian)—performs one of the pinnacles of the keyboard literature: J. S. Bach’s Goldberg Variations. This epic set of 30 variations on an original theme challenges the performer at every turn with its winding threads of ingenious counterpoint. Lang Lang brings his “passionate playing and astounding technique” (The New York Times) to this colossal masterpiece. 

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Lang Lang, Piano


R. SCHUMANN Arabeske in C Major

J. S. BACH Goldberg Variations

Event Duration

The printed program will last approximately 70 minutes with no intermission.

This performance is proudly supported by ICBC U.S. Region.

At a Glance

R. SCHUMANN  Arabeske in C Major

This charmingly lightweight piece represents Robert Schumann at his most ingratiating. Unlike the Op. 20 Humoreske, composed around the same time, the Arabeske is pure and simple salon music.


J. S. BACH  Goldberg Variations

Johann Sebastian Bach’s Goldberg Variations, BWV 988, is a set of 30 variations bookended by two statements of an aria in G major. Harpsichordist Wanda Landowska described the aria’s transcendently beautiful melody as “grave and yet happy, tranquil and at the same time vibrant with internal life.” The same might be said of Bach’s work as a whole, which runs the gamut of moods and modes, from introspection and lyrical simplicity to brilliance and contrapuntal virtuosity.

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