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The 34-year-old Chinese pianist released a concept album last September called "New York Rhapsody" in which he mostly plays backup to a succession of pop singers extolling the romance and grit of the city. (The juxtaposition of Lou Reed's "Dirty Blvd." and "Somewhere" from "West Side Story" gives you the idea.)  In the middle of all of this was Lang's belated recording of "Rhapsody in Blue" with Herbie Hancock - mellower than their first joint Hollywood Bowl performance in 2009.

Wednesday night, Lang resurfaced at Walt Disney Concert Hall, switching gears again. No pop singers, no lavish orchestrations - just a straight classical recital with some fresh repertoire on hand. As usual, he drew a packed house of effusive fans. If you were looking for the big Romantic blockbuster made to order for his formidable technical abilities, Lang had something for you, all right.
PHOTO: Ringo H.W. Chiu 

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