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Lang Lang - The Mozart Album / Northwest Asian Weekly review

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As insane as it is to contemplate, Lang Lang flunked out of piano lessons at age 9.  That's right. The piano teacher thought he was useless.  And the classical world would have been much different, had another piano teacher decided not to comfort him by playing a recording of Mozart's Piano Sonata No. 10.  This inspired the Chinese piano sensation to keep going, and eventually, the music conservatory beckoned, and beyond that, the whole planet.

That piano sonata isn't heard on the recently released "Mozart Album," but the pianist cut two discs' worth of the Viennese composer, working mostly alone on the second disc. He worked with conductor Nikolaus Harnoncourt and the Vienna Philharmonic on some of the rest.  READ THE FULL Northwest Asian Weekly REVIEW