The first-ever classical artist to headline iTunes festival?

Yes, it was Lang Lang – and I was allowed in on condition I did not write a word about it.

So I won’t.

Except to say that those who asked me to refrain from writing had reason to do so.

I am, however, allowed to review the audience which was a crowd of thirty-somethings, eager to jump up and down for 2 amplified cellos and percussion, a little bewildered by Lang Lang. But polite. One lady was kind enough to offer me earplugs during the percussion gig.

You can see pictures of the Roundhouse show here and iTunes is offering it here as a free download.

I was reliably informed that Lang Lang was the festival’s classical virgin. I now hear that guitarist Milos Karadaglic beat him to it by a year. More contenders are flooding in. What’s the point, i-Tunes, of over-hyping the event?

 

 

 

 

 

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  • A “classical night” has been a feature of iTunes Festivals since the very beginning. Links below go to the recordings of the festival performances. There may have been more – these are just the ones I can remember, and for which the recordings are still available in the UK:

    Ludovico Einaudi played at the festival in 2007.

    http://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/itunes-festival-london-2007/id263751104

    The Ahn Trio did it in 2008 with a guest appearance by Michael Nyman.

    http://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/itunes-festival-london-2008/id287618919

    They shared the bill with Hayley Westenra.

    http://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/itunes-festival-london-2008/id291074712

    Danielle De Niese sang at the iTunes festival in Berlin in 2009.

    http://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/itunes-live-berlin-festival/id280934833

    In 2010, Milos Karadaglic performed at the festival in London.

    http://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/itunes-festival-london-2010/id384283585

    So did Rolando Villazon.

    http://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/itunes-festival-london-2010/id384299092

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