Lang Lang’s ‘The Disney Book’ debuts at No. 1 on ‘Billboard’ chart

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The latest album from world-acclaimed piano virtuoso Lang Lang, The Disney Bookdebuted at No. 1 on Billboard’s Classic Albums chart.

Available in all digital formats as well as a number of physical releases, including standard, deluxe and limited editions, there’s an accompanying concert tour, which started at the Hollywood Bowl on September 16 and continues in other major international venues, including the Royal Albert Hall in London. October 24.

To celebrate 100 years of The Walt Disney Company, the album features new, reimagined versions of some of the most famous melodies in animation history, ranging from Pinocchio and The boo of the junglek to Frozen and Encanto.

“The secret weapon of Disney music, in the past, was Walt Disney himself,” Lang said in an interview with the Los Angeles Time. Lang also, according to the story, “had the opportunity to walk through Disney’s old office and see photos of him discussing ‘Fantasia’ with bandleader Leopold Stokowski.

“Walt Disney himself gave very clear ideas about the kind of style that Disney music should have, which is kind of a warm melody, with themes that people can remember – people will sing very well – and that has an excellent type of harmonic and classic bass. Lang added.

The Disney book presents reimagined and joyful new versions of some of the most famous melodies in animation history, specially written for Lang Lang by the world’s greatest arrangers. From Pinocchio and The jungle Book and Frozen at Encantothe album also features several collaborators from around the world.

Andrea Bocelli provides vocals for “You’ll Be in My Heart” by Tarzan; singer-songwriter and pianist Jon Batiste revisits his Oscar winner Soul mark with “All is well”; and Colombian singer-songwriter Sebastien Yatra perform the Oscar-nominated song “Dos Oruguitas” by Encanto. There are also guest appearances from guitarist Miloš, Chinese erhu player Guo Gan and Lang Lang’s wife Gina Alice, as well as the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and conductor Robert Ziegler.

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