You may recall a little flutter in the dovecotes when a certain Chinese pianist walked out on the yellow label in 2009 and signed for Sony for a reported three million bucks.
Sony insist that sum is greatly exaggerated, but it did not stop Lang Lang’s arch-rival Yundi Li from announcing that he was paid more when he switched from EMI to DG. Also a vast exaggeration, I am assured.
Sony have begun to cash in on their investment with The Chopin Album, which has shot into the top three of the charts.
No sooner did it hit the listings than the dirty tricks department at Deutsche Grammophon got to work. And here’s the result: Lang Lang Chopin.
Confused? That’s the intention.
DG, with a bunch of reissues, are trying to cut in on Sony’s market. It’s an old-fashioned Christmas turf war for the non-cognoscenti. The cognos, of course, will stick with Lipatti, Horowitz and Pollini.