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For Lang Lang, reimagining music that has already been made to perfection wasn’t straightforward — however it was a problem he took on willingly.
On Friday, Lang Lang will launch his newest studio album, The Disney E-book. Comprised by all the pianist’s favourite Disney songs, he had a mission in thoughts: to encourage the exploration of classical music.
“I need to present that classical music has no restrict,” Lang Lang, 40, tells PEOPLE. “And that is one thing that I actually believed from the very starting of my profession. I need to share with our viewers, irrespective of the place they arrive from, no matter age, that classical pianists can clarify Disney music in a really contemporary and spectacular manner.”
Like many different musicians, he began this undertaking through the top of the COVID-19 pandemic — and it is a direct results of hours within the studio and dealing with artists he admires deeply.
“We bought Andrea Bocelli to sing Tarzan in Italian. It’s extremely attention-grabbing. That is the primary time I feel the theme music is recorded just for Italians,” he says of his “pricey pal” Bocelli.
He continues, “However then we [got] my new nice pal Jon Batiste to play New Orleans-style jazz on high of my classical and jazz model [in ‘It’s All Right.’] So we attempt to have this combine with classical jazz and New Orleans jazz.”
Maybe probably the most notable collaboration of the album, nonetheless, is together with his spouse and musician Gina Alice on “Want Upon a Star.”
“We needed to do that piece notably for our son,” he says of his 20-month-old child boy. “So for the infant, we need to give him some easy music to hug him, kiss him.”
Other than having fun with a few of your Disney favorites in a brand new manner, Lang Lang hopes followers will stroll away with a newfound perspective on the style.
“It isn’t solely within the magic journey. They’ll do this already with any Disney motion pictures. I actually need them to really feel classical pianists, classical music, it is so attention-grabbing to hearken to. I actually hope this can open some new door for our new viewers, which is to really feel that classical music is a part of Disney’s DNA.”
He continues, “I actually need the youngsters at present to additionally really feel that we even have one thing to say, and let’s have some enjoyable collectively. We aren’t that critical.”
This album can also be coming full circle for Lang Lang, as he turned a Disney fan after the primary time he visited the amusement park, when he gained the Tchaikovsky younger musician competitors.
“My first Disney reminiscence goes to Tokyo once I was 13 years previous, in 1995,” he recollects. “After I gained the competitors in Japan. As a result of that point in China, they don’t have any Disneyland. In order that was my first time in Disneyland, which was in Tokyo.”
He continues, “It was just like the happiest day in my life. And it is superb that in 2015, when Disneyland opened in Shanghai, I performed the opening. As a result of it was like, ‘I had to do that. That is so thrilling.'”
The Disney E-book — which additionally is available in a 28-track deluxe version — is out Friday