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Although in the past I have been rather dismissive of Lang Lang, this DVD reveals something very special. The Chopin Dance Project was filmed in Paris in 2013, with Lang Lang finding inspiration in the work of the Houston Ballet. In a collaborative gesture such as this (albeit one imagined by himself), Lang Lang’s playing seems to be more focused on honouring the composer. As a result, he is remarkably static at the piano in the G minor Ballade, delivered with both poetry and an excellent, barn-storming coda. It does not last throughout, and some of those ecstatic faces he pulls occur in Op 10, while the Valse brillante is dry,

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