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composed by Carl Czerny, Claude Debussy, Edvard Grieg, Felix Mendelssohn, Francis Poulenc, Franz Schubert, Frédéric Chopin, Huang Hu-Wei, Johann Sebastian Bach, Ludwig van Beethoven, Max Richter, Muzio Clementi, Robert Schumann, Ryuichi Sakamoto, Tekla Badarzewska

"With Piano Book I'm going back to my first love, to the pieces that made me want to become a musician in the first place," says Lang Lang. Is it true, or is it a marketing concept from the folks at Deutsche Grammophon? Probably the latter, inasmuch as several pieces on the album (Yann Tiersen's La valse d'Amélie and especially Max Richter's The Departure, composed for a television soundtrack in the mid-2010s) were composed too late to have performed such a function. As if to acknowledge this, the album graphics also ...

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  1. Prelude and Fugue, for keyboard No. 1 in C major (WTC I/1), BWV 846 (BC L80): Prelude in C major
  2. Bagatelle for piano in A minor ("Für Elise"), WoO 59
  3. Departure, for piano (from the film "When We Leave")
  4. Song Without Words for piano No. 34 in C major ("Spinnerlied"), Op. 67/4
  5. Clair de lune, for piano (Suite Bergamasque No. 3), L. 82/3 (75/3)
  6. Children's Corner, suite for piano (or orchestra), L. 119 (113): Doctor Gradus ad Parnassum L. 113 No. 1
  7. Prelude for piano No. 15 in D flat major, Op. 28/15, CT. 180
  8. Piano Sonata No. 16 in C major ("Sonata semplice") K. 545: Allegro
  9. Sonatina for piano in C major, Op. 36/1: No. 1 Andante (in F major)
  10. School of Velocity, collection of exercises for piano, Op. 299: Presto Op. 299 No. 1
  11. Pieces (6) for piano, Vol. 2 ("Amélie"): La Valse d'Amélie
  12. Rêverie, for piano, L. 76 (68)
  13. Moment musical for piano in F minor ("Air russe"), D. 780/3 (Op. 94/3)
  14. Lyric Pieces (6) for piano, Book 3, Op. 43: To Spring Op. 43 No. 6
  15. Album für die Jugend No. 8 ("Wilder Reiter") for piano in A minor, Op. 68/8
  16. Villageoises, petites pièces infantines, for piano, FP 65: Staccato FP 65 No. 2
  17. The Merry Shepherd Boy, for piano
  18. Merry Christmas, Mr Lawrence, film score
  19. A Maiden's Prayer (Molitwa dziewicy) for piano, Op. 3 (or Op. 4)
  20. Variations (12) on "Ah, vous dirai-je maman," for piano in C major, K. 265 (K. 300e)
  21. Minuet for keyboard No. 1 in G major (AMN II/1; by Christian Pezold, not JSB), BWV Anh. 114
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The Piano Book
2019, Deutsche Grammophon

UPC: 028947974413

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