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Does Lang Lang still have Piano Magic? / WRTI 'Classical Album of the Week'

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Over-practicing is always dangerous, even for a superstar pianist with seemingly invincible technique. In April, 2017, when Lang Lang announced an intractable left arm injury due to "a stupid practice of Ravel's left hand concerto," many worried that he would never be able to return to the concert stage at all, let alone with his signature, over-the-top exuberance.

His comeback has been judiciously planned. He played a solo concerto for the first time, post-injury, at the Tanglewood Festival in July, 2018, with the Boston Symphony. But instead of the technically challenging Tchaikovsky First Concerto originally programmed, he substituted with a challenge of a more subtle nature, Mozart's Piano Concerto No. 24.

Although he recently re-signed with Universal Music Group for future recordings, his former label Sony Classical just released a new album called Piano Magic, and it's the WRTI: Philadelphia 'Classical Album of the Week.'

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