Chinese pianist Lang Lang, star of the classical world, you can always lives his passion of Barcelona. ‘La Vanguardia’ accompanied him between trials, business and leisure
“Look, is Lang Lang! Hey, Lang Laaaang! ”
The musician looks around where they come up vocals. They have recognized from the balcony of the fourth floor of number 100 on Passeig de Gràcia. “Can we get a picture with you? We are from San Diego. ” They ask a tourist in front of La Pedrera.
The commotion caused by his presence in the heart of Barcelona test how far has achieved its goal: to make something classical mainstream. He has walked just one block from the hotel Omm, where he stays until the building designed by Gaudí, and half of pedestrians have identified him. Lang Lang is the phenomenon that is self communicators, either on piano or promotional events.
True, Lang Lang does not lose camber when to keep your figure in the media and social networks. But it is at least curious to see how naturally unfolds. Wagered at the Casa Mila, Chinese interpreter takes the microphone and Digital Vanguardia launches a greeting in English: “Dear Friends of La Vanguardia”, pronounced carefully. What will be tested? Like any pianist, he is a perfectionist technique, but at all obsessive. Simply put, if your goal is to seduce the public, you can not afford mistakes.
“Barcelona is one of the most beautiful, exotic and exciting cities in Europe,” he says getting into the car that will take you to L’Auditori, where he expects the CBO to rehearse. “I love spending time here and then, of course, is the famous football team, the best in the world, that makes me crazy,” he emphasizes, rolling his eyes.
“Oh, God, that style with which they play, so artistic. It’s not just the stars, Messi, Neymar, Iniesta … Suarez is also the style. It is as if he were not a sport so artistic that is the way they make a direction, how to carry it out. His technique is superior aesthetics. That which we call technology in the service of music, just that they have them at the service of enjoyment. ”
The idyll of Lang Lang with Barcelona starts in Games 92. He was just ten years but had been seven studying piano and his memory is so mature, “It was a difficult year for me, had been in Beijing, auditioning for the Central Conservatory, and had felt that left me outside the community, they did not like, that seemed an outsider. Barcelona was a very pleasant retreat, I remember the voice Caballé … all very beautiful. ”
But let’s review how it will be today the most media live pianist, after the success of his recital at the Auditorium Wednesday and before the expected concert with the OBC Friday. Lang Lang is not down to breakfast early. Come crazy abundantly and ham. Their diet is varied but avoid raw when on tour, after an episode of intoxication rather not remember. Today, however, you are booking. Tonight plans to dine at the Celler de Can Roca.
“I’ve heard it’s the best restaurant in the world and the truth is that I have so many expectations have hardly eaten today; just a couple of sandwiches. ” Gastronomy drives him crazy, but he has no idea of cooking. The previous year was in the tickets of Albert Adrià.
Just put your feet Auditori how professional we find is by its methodical character. Since it has built its own social project and wants to ensure music education to millions of children since its foundation, its aspiration is to ally with whom you can help and bring Lang Lang brand around the world.
For example, when it comes to the Auditori to rehearse and see that await associations fighting against Alzheimer’s disease, leukemia and childhood disabilities. With the same smile showing on stage, Lang Lang is planted in the photocall that has mounted Allianz and lovingly attends a girl who tells her piano studies. Overwhelms the patience of a character who has the time graph. In fact, the musicians of the OBC and take while waiting to rehearse the concert of Rachmaninov.
At one point, Lang Lang agrees with the press team Auditori suspend a television interview for the next day. And we confesses: “After a concert, euphoria, you say yes to everything. But then you realize that you do not get …. ”
The director, Ruben Gimeno, eagerly awaits you. No hurry. Lang Lang is not satisfied with the upright piano that offer to review the score and goes, without waiting for anyone to another room where there is a grand piano. And suddenly everything flows. So much so that after a few minutes and confesses that Gimeno seems a great director.
In the test with all musicians, Lang Lang merges with the sound and suggests that the orchestra sound like off camera. They have not spent even ten minutes since he was attending to his fans and already acts as if he hours immersed in the score.
After the test, three hours later, Lang Lang goes with the music elsewhere: in the hotel expect nothing less than Barca president Josep Bartomeu.
The pianist will round an idea he shares with La Vanguardia: “I think we can join efforts to get the kids playing soccer or playing instruments can make exchanges and enjoy the two activities. Do you know that Neymar has started to play the piano? ”
‘And that ?, I asked.
I have no idea, but just does it to impress the girls -Responds laughing.
At dusk, the procession heads towards Girona. Where there is a dinner at the best restaurant in the world, which apart Rachmaninov. We ignore what music heard Lang Lang in his car as he headed toward the Celler de Can Roca. We do know that he traveled with his mother, a wizard that takes you calendar and social networking and a young Chinese dressed in a pink beautiful coat that accompanies him everywhere. In another car he travels its representative in Spain, Enrique Subiela.
Already in the Celler, it would seem that there is an exchange of roles. Lang Lang and his family take photos in the restaurant of the Roca brothers. Josep, the music lover, musical shows small altarpieces that have assembled to “acclimate” wines.
The pianist hallucinates. It points to the short menu and returns to the hotel at a reasonable hour. At 11 in the morning and await Rachmaninov, Mozart and OBC.
Courtesy Car Service Barcelona