01 NOVEMBER 2019 (TORONTO, ON) - Global superstar pianist Lang Lang is launching a new super deluxe digital version of his chart-topping album Piano Book – the best-selling classical album worldwide released this year. The Encore Edition will be released on November 15 via Deutsche Grammophon/Universal Music Canada, the country's leading music company, featuring an additional six new tracks. Accompanying the release will be three performance videos and six short films in which Lang Lang talks about the pieces.
Lang Lang’s Piano Book has enjoyed huge success around the world since its release in March. It has topped the classical charts in the US, the UK, Germany, France, China and Japan and entered the pop charts in Austria, France, Germany, Spain, Switzerland and the UK. His recording of Beethoven’s Für Elise reached No.4 in the official Chinese pop single charts. Piano Book is also Lang Lang’s biggest streaming debut, with 60 million streams so far. Lang Lang is one of the most influential classical musicians in the world, with more than 15 million followers across social media.
Piano Book – Encore Edition is a collection of 47 tracks, including brand-new recordings of ‘Sweet Dreams’ from Tchaikovsky’s Children’s Album, ‘Ivan Sings’ from Khachaturian’s Adventures of Ivan, Christian Petzold’s Minuet in G minor from J.S. Bach’s Notebook for Anna Magdalena Bach and the three movements of Friedrich Kuhlau’s delightful Piano Sonatina in C major, Op.20 No.1. These are featured alongside favourites from the original album such as Beethoven’s Für Elise, Chopin’s ‘Raindrop’ Prélude and the C major Prelude from Bach’s The Well-Tempered Clavier.
Piano Book reflects Lang Lang’s determination to pass on what he’s learned to a new generation of music lovers. His work with the Lang Lang International Music Foundation (www.langlangfoundation.org), which has raised millions of dollars to support young musicians since it was set up over a decade ago, has given him a unique insight into music education. He has inspired 40 million children to learn the piano and developed hugely successful educational programmes, including Keys of Inspiration®, 101 Pianists®, Young Scholars and Play It Forward®. He has also opened his own music school, Lang Lang Music World, in Shenzhen, China. His partnership with independent British music publisher Faber Music has resulted in the Lang Lang Piano Academy series of piano books to inspire today’s young pianists, including the Piano Book ‘Score Box’ deluxe edition.
Everything Lang Lang does is underpinned by his belief that ‘music makes life better – it heals, unites and inspires, and it makes us better people’. With this new Encore Edition, Lang Lang hopes to encourage fans old and new to explore classical music.
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