Ahead of Beethoven’s 250th anniversary in 2020, Sony Classical is pleased to release Beethoven Sonatas Nos 3 & 23 “Appasionata” by superstar pianist Lang Lang. Lang Lang is acritically acclaimed piano virtuoso. Lang Lang began playing the piano at the age of three. Lang Lang studied at Beijing’s Central Conservatory of Music. At the early stages of his career, Lang Lang won numerous competitions including the Xinghai National Piano Competition and the Fourth International Competition for Young Pianists in Ettlingen, Germany. Lang Lang has performed with some of the worlds highly regarded orchestras including the Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra and the Philadelphia Orchestra. As bonus track it contains the 3rd movement of the “Tempest” sonata. Beethoven (1770—1827) was a German composer and pianist who is widely regarded as one of the greatest composers of all time. He is one of the most recognisable and influential composers of the Romantic period and his music remains popular around the world today.