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#2223164 - 01/30/14 01:33 PM Very funny performance by Lang Lang in Chinese New Year Gala
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I browse through the following performance by Lang Lang with three other musicians in 2014 Chinese New Year Gala. There are three pieces. The first is "flight of the bumblebee", another is a Chinese folk song. You can see him play piano with orange, and hammer.

Whether you like his performance or not, I am sure you find it is really fun to watch.


Larry




Edited by Larry L (01/30/14 02:11 PM)

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#2223273 - 01/30/14 06:17 PM Re: Very funny performance by Lang Lang in Chinese New Year Gala [Re: Larry L]
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That was fun. However, Chico uses fruit better.
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#2223295 - 01/30/14 07:18 PM Re: Very funny performance by Lang Lang in Chinese New Year Gala [Re: Plowboy]
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Originally Posted By: Plowboy
That was fun. However, Chico uses fruit better.


Indeed he does!

And Harpo plays my prelude better:

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#2223298 - 01/30/14 07:31 PM Re: Very funny performance by Lang Lang in Chinese New Year Gala [Re: Larry L]
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Typical Canadian with no sense of humo(u)r, I couldn't find anything amusing in the Lang Lang video; I lasted about 20 seconds and found it - what's the word? - Meh!
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#2223332 - 01/30/14 08:53 PM Re: Very funny performance by Lang Lang in Chinese New Year Gala [Re: Larry L]
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Great to see classical musicians letting their hair down in such a virtuosic manner grin .

Of course, there's always been a long tradition of this - going back as far back as (ex-prodigy) Franz Clement playing his violin upside down in between the movements of Beethoven's Violin Concerto, which he premiered (and apparently sight-read).

Though it has to be said that there aren't many classical musicians who have the requisite wit and lightness of touch to carry these things off. Among contemporary classical pianists, probably only Denis Matsuev has done something similar.
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#2223444 - 01/31/14 02:17 AM Re: Very funny performance by Lang Lang in Chinese New Year Gala [Re: Larry L]
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Entertaining... but the strings robbed the piano the prominence... Lang Lang wasn't the protagonist here and it looked like he needed the orange and hammer to make people look at him.

Was I the only one worrying about the piano when he used the hammer???

Who are those guys with the electric cellos?

I love the Marx bros' playing! So hard, and still they made it look so simple. ... And I know, oh so well, how Harpo feels... I just try to stop myself sometimes when I play.



Edited by evamar (01/31/14 02:24 AM)
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#2223485 - 01/31/14 07:24 AM Re: Very funny performance by Lang Lang in Chinese New Year Gala [Re: Larry L]
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Guys that play cellos a.k.a 2Cellos (Luka Šulic i Stjepan Hauser.) one of them is from my hometown


Edited by Danijelcro (01/31/14 07:24 AM)

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#2223490 - 01/31/14 07:56 AM Re: Very funny performance by Lang Lang in Chinese New Year Gala [Re: BruceD]
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Originally Posted By: BruceD
Typical Canadian with no sense of humo(u)r, I couldn't find anything amusing in the Lang Lang video; I lasted about 20 seconds and found it - what's the word? - Meh!



Nothing to do with being a Canadian.

Same feelings here from the other side of the World. It was not funny.
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