A BROADER EX­AM­I­NA­TION

Banksy’s lesser-known works on show in Lon­don Chi­nese pian­ist Lang Lang’s re­turn ig­nites hopes and fears

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with Bal­loon, Flower Thrower, er­at­ing more with cel­e­brated or­ches­tras and mae­stros. It would be great if he could try works from dif­fer­ent mu­si­cians for his al­bums,” said Ying Yue, an edi­tor for a clas­si­cal mu­sic me­dia out­let.

While sup­port for the mu­si­cian was prom­i­nent, some fans also ex­pressed that they were wor­ried about Lang’s cur­rent con­di­tion and the pos­si­ble im­pact it may have on his ca­reer.

“Be­ing in­jured for such a long time, it surely has had an im­pact,” ne­ti­zen Langlang Tieba posted on Sina Weibo.

Un­like many other pi­anists who of­ten re­main out­side the main­stream de­spite their fame in clas­si­cal mu­sic cir­cles, Lang is a house­hold name in China and an idol with a huge fan base. Even those who are not clas­si­cal mu­sic fans buy tick­ets to his con­certs just to have a look at him.

“Apart from his tal­ent in mu­sic and high in­ter­na­tional cred, Lang is also loved by fans be­cause of his cute ap­pear­ance and lively per­son­al­ity. To some ex­tent, he is also an en­ter­tain­ment star,” said Ying.

She added that Lang’s con­stant in­volve­ment in va­ri­ety shows in China, such as Hu­nan Tele­vi­sion’s Happy Camp, Zhe­jiang Tele­vi­sion’s Su­per Brain and his co­op­er­a­tion with pop-stars such as Jay Zhou have made him ex­tremely pop­u­lar among the gen­eral pub­lic. Lang also per­formed at the an­nual CCTV Spring Fes­ti­val gala, the most watched TV pro­gram in the coun­try, in 2013, 2014 and 2016. Lang’s pop­u­lar­ity among younger Chi­nese is also re­flected in the wide use on­line of emo­jis fea­tur­ing his dra­matic fa­cial ex­pres­sions.

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Girl with Bal­loon by Banksy

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Lang Lang

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