- Variations on the name "Abegg," for piano in F major, Op. 1
- Keyboard Sonata in C major, H. 16/50
- Fantasia for piano in C major ("Wanderer"), D. 760 (Op. 15)
- Eight Memories in Watercolor, for piano, Op. 1
- Nocturne for piano No. 8 in D flat major, Op. 27/2, CT. 115
Imagine stepping out onto the stage of Carnegie Hall at the tender age of 21 for your solo recital debut. Now, imagine that the place is sold out, all of musical New York is waiting expectantly, and one of the world's most prestigious classical record labels has a battery of microphones at the ready. Only Lang Lang knows how he felt as he walked across those well-worn floorboards, but on the recording, his opening work -- Schumann's "Abegg" Variations -- comes off as if he had been playing at Carnegie all his life: utterly poised and confident, full of delicacy and ardor. And like the first CD he released (a recital for Telarc recorded live at Tanglewood), the Chinese pianist's Carnegie program is wide-ranging. Perhaps he wanted to show that he can play everything -- a Classical-era sonata, Romantic warhorses, and a contemporary work. Of course, some things are more convincing than others. His Haydn is sparkling and quick-witted but a little slick when compared with, say, Alfred Brendel's more rustic and sagacious humor. And while one expects Liszt to be full of virtuoso flash, Lang Lang's hair-raising performance of the Don Juan Reminiscences (based on themes from Mozart's opera) is occasionally too uproarious for its own good. On the other hand, he brings refreshing airiness to Schubert's "Wanderer" Fantasy, finding lightness and grace where most pianists simply pound away. Also memorable is the Eight Memories in Watercolor by Tan Dun (of Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon fame), a vivid, Impressionistic take on some old Chinese folk tunes -- think Debussy in Peking! DG offers the entire recital on two discs, including a pair of familiar encores (Schumann's "Träumerei" and Liszt's third "Liebestraum"), a duet in which Lang Lang is joined by his father (a virtuoso on the erhu, a traditional Chinese violin), as well as lots of vociferous and well-earned applause. An auspicious event, captured for posterity.