Monday, September 12, 2016

Piano Survivor! Lang Lang vs. Perahia

For our monthly listening challenges this year, we are going to play a fun game! I will be pitting two famous concert pianists against each other (virtually, of course), and you get to decide who becomes this year's


Each month I will post two videos of famous pianists playing some of the greatest pieces written for piano. You will be asked to listen to both performances and then vote on which performance you like the best! Remember to focus on the sounds you hear and not the quality of the video, the appearance of the performers, or anything else that might distract you from the music itself. You can either cast your vote at your lesson sometime this month or leave a comment below with your initials.

This month we're pitting Lang Lang and Murray Perahia head to head in a throw down playing Chopin's Etude Opus 25 No. 1, sometimes called the "Aeolian Harp" etude. Even though these two amazing pianists are playing the same piece, you will hear the music interpreted very differently!

In the red corner, please welcome Lang Lang! Lang Lang is a Chinese concert pianist whose appearances include the opening ceremony of the Beijing Olympics, concerts at the White House, and sold out shows all over the world. Fun fact: Lang Lang is only 34 years old!

And in the blue corner, please welcome Murray Perahia! Mr. Perahia is an American conductor and pianist who has made many well regarded recordings. This video was recorded at a concert in 2014.

Who do you think deserves to advance to next month's challenge? Why? The voting begins NOW!


  1. I like the first video better AD

  2. Max, and Gabriel like Lang Lang best.

  3. I liked the blue guy better than the red guy because the blue guy was a little slower. Also, I just thought the blue guy was better, but this was a tight competition. -Ella Miller

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