“Midway upon the journey of our life I found myself within a forest dark, For the straightforward pathway had been lost.”

Lang Lang Lang Lang. Photo © Olaf Heine/Deutsche Grammophon

The words are Dante’s, but they could equally apply to many a mid-life artist who never expected the unexpected. Take Chinese pianist Lang Lang. Over the past two decades, he’s been many things to many people: the future of his artform; the...

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