Chinese pianist Lang Lang’s new album celebrates music of Disney
Published: Sep 15, 2022 08:41 PM
Lang Lang (right) Photo: IC

Lang Lang (right) Photo: IC

 Piano virtuoso Lang Lang will release his new album on Friday in cooperation with Disney to celebrate the magic brand's 100 years establishment.

The Disney Book is a summary of Lang's own interpretation of the enchanting magic world, tracing back the history of Disney films with international musicians joining the production process.

The Disney music has sparked Lang in a young age and led the world renowned piano figure into the music world.

"I'm a truly animation fan of my own. The animation music sparked my imagination and transported me to other worlds, as those classic pieces also led to my life-long love of classical music," Lang shared his experience in producing the album on Wednesday's virtual releasing press conference.

"There is such a variety of styles in Disney songs; truly, something to inspire everyone. I hope that people of all ages will enjoy this recording and experience the joy that we all felt the first time we saw a Disney film," he added.

A total of 26 pieces of Disney music are selected from the recent years popular Let It Go from Frozen to the movie Aladdin's theme song A Whole New World. 

The album's first single is Mary Poppins's Feed the Birds, which is said Walt Disney himself's famously favorite Disney melody. 

When You Wish Upon a Star from Disney's 1940 adaptation Pinocchi is also included as one of the most classic, and maybe the most familiar melody among listeners for it is the opening music of each Disney film.

In recording Chinese legend adaptation Disney movie Mulan's theme song Reflection, Lang invited Erhu virtuoso Guo Gan to duet the performance, describing an oriental heroine figure through the combination of the piano and the orchestra.

Another rerecorded song It's a Small World might be the one of the most well-known songs of all time created by the Sherman Brothers for the Disney. 

"When I was 13 and won a gold medal at a music competition in Japan, one of the rewards I got was a trip to Tokyo Disneyland. That was the first time I heard the It's a Small World. That melody stayed with me all day, and for a long time afterwards," Lang Lang said.