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Speaking of charming the crowds: Lang Lang came and bowled everyone over with his performance of the third movement of Tchaikovsky's Piano Concerto No 1. This was also helped by the young virtuoso's immense stage presence.

Lang Lang performs at the 2004 Echo Awards Ceremony. Photo: People Image © 2004 Tinnefeld
Lang Lang performs at the 2004 Echo Awards Ceremony. Photo: People Image © 2004 Tinnefeld

He hugged the presenters, thanked the orchestra that accompanied him, and addressed the audience with great charisma. His award, for the CD Live at Carnegie Hall (2 CDs DG/Universal 474 820-2), was especially well deserved when one considers the long and arduous journey the Chinese pianist underwent on his way to the top.

Lang Lang with his Echo Award. Photo © 2004 Phil Crebbin
Lang Lang with his Echo Award. Photo © 2004 Phil Crebbin

His name means 'shining man' and this really is true because Lang Lang has an inner glow that radiates positive energy into the orbit of anyone he comes across. One only had to see him and Lars Vogt backstage with some fun pictures taken on a cell phone, or be the recipient of one of his freely dashed out typical Lang Lang smiles, to see how easy it is for the young man to put everyone into a good mood, whether he is at the piano keys or not.

A better pianist than photographer: Lars Vogt pulls a face as he looks at photos he's taken on his cell phone of himself and Lang Lang. Photo © 2004 Phil Crebbin
A better pianist than photographer: Lars Vogt pulls a face as he looks at photos he's taken on his cell phone of himself and Lang Lang. Photo © 2004 Phil Crebbin

 

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Copyright © 30 October 2004 Tess Crebbin, Germany

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