MUSIC FROM THE CEREMONY AVAILABLE NOW AS NEW SINGLE
LISTEN TO “HEAVEN IN CEASELESS MOTION, HUMAN IN CONSTANT EXERTION” HERE
Watch full ceremony here
30 AUGUST 2019 (TORONTO, ON) - Lang Lang has taken to the stage at Beijing’s iconic Water Cube to deliver a stunning performance as part of the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2019 Opening Ceremony, broadcast to over a billion around the world. He was joined by artists of the China National Peking Opera Company, wearing traditional costume and masks, as well as musicians performing on Chinese instruments.
The piece they performed is called "Heaven in Ceaseless Motion, Human in Constant Exertion" and it is available digitally now (https://dg.lnk.to/FIBA). It is specially arranged by Zhu Jiang and Guo Susite from ancient Chinese melodies and blends the sound of Lang Lang’s piano with traditional Chinese instruments and voices. The lyrics are by Jia Ding, director of the opening ceremony. They recorded the track earlier this month for Deutsche Grammophon/Universal Music Canada.
Lang Lang’s most recent album for the Yellow Label, Piano Book, continues to dominate the classical charts. His recording of Beethoven’s Für Elise entered the pop charts in Germany and China and has expanded the pianist’s already vast global audience. ‘Heaven in Ceaseless Motion, Human in Constant Exertion’ is a surprise new track which underlines Lang Lang’s passion for piano music of all kinds and his joy in spreading it to audiences around the world.
The FIBA Basketball World Cup is the flagship event of the International Basketball Federation. This year’s tournament will be the biggest yet with a record 32 participating teams. In its 18th edition, the FIBA Basketball World Cup will take place in China for the first time ever. The tournament will be played in 8 cities across 5 provinces, with 92 games played over 16 days.
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