The global brand, back from a year’s injury, now sports a hairstyle out of The Simpsons, thin sideburns and a V-neck white silk shirt with Liberace buttons.
Musically, he sounded subdued in the opening movement of Mozart K491 at DG-120 last night, warming up only in the finale. But the Chopin encore was Lang Lang at his most commanding, the full range of physical gestures allied to an extraordinary palette of light and shade. He toys with an audience like Horowitz did – easing, tempting, sometimes delivering beyond expectation.
There’s still only one Lang Lang.
Even when he’s playing Mutter’s bridegroom.