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Lang Lang pays tribute to the life and music of Franz Liszt in 'Liszt: My Piano Hero'

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Sony Classical announces world renowned pianist Lang Lang's new recording Liszt - My Piano Hero and DVD Liszt Now! which pays tribute to the life and music of Franz Liszt whose 200th anniversary is celebrated this year. One of the most eagerly anticipated classical releases of the year, the project encompasses an album - available October 4, a filmed concert and a documentary that will come out on multiple formats on November 22. 
The album Liszt - My Piano Hero features the composer's Piano Concerto No.1, which Lang Lang recorded with Valery Gergiev and the Vienna Philharmonic. The recording also includes some of Liszt's most poetic and virtuosic solo piano works and transcriptions such as the Hungarian Rhapsodies Nos.6 and 15, Liebestraum, Grand galop chromatique, the Liszt/Schubert Ave Maria and the famous "La campanella" from Grandes Études de Paganini. 
The release of the DVD and Blu-Ray Liszt Now! follows later in the year. It features Lang Lang's solo performance at London's Roundhouse, filmed during the iTunes festival. The DVD will also contain a documentary, The Art of Being a Virtuoso, produced by the award-winning production company Boomtown Media.  
Franz Liszt, who is regarded as the first pop-star in music history, is Lang Lang's piano hero. Lang Lang has had an extraordinary relationship with the iconic piano virtuoso and innovative composer since his first encounter with classical music at the age of two, when he was captivated by Tom and Jerry's version of Hungarian Rhapsody No.2. Lang Lang will celebrate Liszt's anniversary year worldwide in multiple concerts and events throughout his 2011/2012 season.
As well as a major Liszt tour with key concerts at the Salzburg Festival, the Last Night of the Proms, and in Japan, there are further celebrations planned to bring Liszt's music to a worldwide audience. On July 25, there was a live stream from London's iTunes Festival of Lang Lang performing Liszt at London's Roundhouse. On October 22, the bicentennial of Liszt's birth, Lang Lang will perform the composer's Piano Concerto No.1 with the Philadelphia Orchestra. There will also be a major international television broadcast of the new documentary The Art of Being a Virtuoso. Leading up to the release of his Liszt project, Lang Lang will gear up for the celebration while on tour, by providing a weekly video blog on his website - Journeys with My Piano Hero.