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Renowned Pianist Lang Lang Introduces GT5 Soundtrack

Gran Turismo 5 is a classy game. And it gets even classier with the addition of world-renowned pianist Lang Lang.

Known for his unwavering interest in cool technology and drive to bring classical music to new audiences, the pianist recorded much of the classical music that is heard in Polyphony Digital's racing masterpiece. The official soundtrack boasts pieces by Chopin, J.S. Bach, Tchaikovsky, Prokofiev, Joplin, Holst, and of course, Beethoven. If you have been enjoying such music when playing, you might want to nab the soundtrack:

As revealed at the PlayStation Blog, Sony Classical will release the soundtrack digitally through "all major service providers" on December 14, and it will arrive in physical form "the week of December 20th." Lang Lang himself made a post at the blog and noted that "classical music reflects the same passion and intensity as racing." He added:

"Gran Turismo is the most exciting racing game in the world and I have been a fan of it for many years. I feel honored to have this opportunity to connect with people who have never been in a concert hall before and show them that classical music is not just a part of history, but is actually very present and relevant today."

It's great to have such fantastic talent involved in the game industry. This is the kind of thing we hope to see more of in the future; it's really the next step in interactive entertainment. In regards to a driving simulator, classical music really does fit the atmosphere...this isn't Burnout or even Forza, as some reviewers apparently believe.

Related Game(s): Gran Turismo 5

Tags: gt5, gran turismo 5, gt5 soundtrack, lang lang

12/14/2010 8:44:43 PM John Shepard

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Comments (27 posts)

Victor321
Tuesday, December 14, 2010 @ 9:51:20 PM
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I like classical music a lot, despite not listening to it as often. It's mainly because of my love for instrumentals in games and movies that, unlike other teenagers, I am able to have the patience to listen to classical music.

And I am fortunate for that ^.^, because I am glad that I have the ability to appreciate all kinds of music; I love rap, hip-hop, J-Pop, rock, instrumentals as mentioned before, etc.

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I don't even think of the genres of the music I listen to; whatever song I like hearing, I like hearing. I've just realized that =D

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dkmrules
Tuesday, December 14, 2010 @ 10:21:10 PM

Except country :D

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Victor321
Tuesday, December 14, 2010 @ 11:29:44 PM

At first, I didn't like country at all because it sounded dull and boring to me, but now I like it a little; I'm just not exposed to it as much I just don't know the names of the artists and songs.

I love all the genres of music, but there are a select few which I really love and prefer listening to again and again and would endeavor to find new songs from those genres.

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Snaaaake
Tuesday, December 14, 2010 @ 9:55:48 PM
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Since I'm a rock guy, sorry that I do not know of Lang Lang.

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dkmrules
Tuesday, December 14, 2010 @ 10:19:57 PM

Same

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eLLeJuss
Tuesday, December 14, 2010 @ 10:05:32 PM
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Sorry but i was using the perosonal BGM. i only hear a few songs on the menu.I heard the Entertainer on the car wash place :D

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Scarecrow
Tuesday, December 14, 2010 @ 11:13:56 PM
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His music is amazing, I believe some of them do play on the menus. Classical music fits perfectly into Gran Turismo's huge spectrum of cars.

It allows us to actually think about these cars beyond just being cars, but makes us think about the importance of cars and its history.

Really compelling soundtrack. If I have the money I'll see if I can grab this.
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Quality*

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sunspider13
Tuesday, December 14, 2010 @ 11:15:51 PM
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If I'm right the piano music when you first put in the game with the cars being made in the factory is one of the pieces that Ben is talking about. I sat hypnotized with what was coming on the screen and what was coming out of the speakers. Will most likely pick up the soundtrack.

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Geobaldi
Wednesday, December 15, 2010 @ 12:17:27 AM
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I have four of his CD's so far. I may pick this new one up as well.

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Lawless SXE
Wednesday, December 15, 2010 @ 12:47:09 AM
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The soundtrack for GT5 is gorgeous. Racing along to some of those tracks... absolutely love it. But for me, music is music. There is a lot of pop rubbish on the radio nowadays, but I can tolerate that. I prefer more stylish music, so metal, classical, soft rock, jazz. Just an immensely broad spectrum.

If I see this anywhere, I may pick it up, but I don't really see myself going out of my way to get it.
Peace.

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NoMoreWar
Wednesday, December 15, 2010 @ 1:12:35 AM
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i do wish they would release a soundtrack containing ALL the songs from the game. i love most of the music.

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Highlander
Wednesday, December 15, 2010 @ 1:23:32 AM
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Hmmmmm... I could listen to that....nice.

While we're on the subject. Kaz@PD has been interviewed in Famitsu and is reported to have said that PD *do* have plans to upgrade Standard cars to Premiums. No idea if it's all of them, a select few, or just a case of cleaning up the visual model and adding an interior view of some kind. But either way, it says that they most definitely *are* supporting the game post release.

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Lawless SXE
Wednesday, December 15, 2010 @ 2:34:49 AM

That's great news, and I wouldn't be adverse to see tham charging a small fee for it. Say 20-50 cents for each car. That wouldn't be too much to ask, and it would help with any continuing development costs.
Peace.

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Bjorn77
Wednesday, December 15, 2010 @ 2:49:12 AM

Upgrading standard cars would be cool! I always drive cockpit view and switching to bumper view is kind of a bummer. It's not quite the same while cornering.

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Highlander
Wednesday, December 15, 2010 @ 10:33:23 AM

I tend to drive with the bumper-cam view since it gives me the clearest view of the road. I'd like a view that is kind of a hybrid between the driver's eye/in-car view and the bumper view. Basically a view from about driver's eye level at the Windshield so I can see just a little of the hood and nose of the car, and then the road. Kind of a 'hood view'. When I drive, this is the area of focus, plus the rear view mirror and dials in the periphery of course. I don't notice the dash and what not in the car, because my focus is on the road. That would be the ideal, the bumper view is the next best for me.

Ah well, I'll be happy to have so0me more premium cars and continued support. I would love for them to bring some additional tuning options with the brakes. I know that's been discussed before, but as you put stickier tires on a car, the brakes need to be beefed up because the grip of the tires will soon overpower an ordinary brake system. Larger rotors, multiple pistons, thicker pads, different materials, cooling ducts, better brake controllers. I mean if I take my stock Nissan 350z and do the following; upgrade the engine, upgrade the air filter and intake, put on a racing exhaust/catalyst/manifold, install a nice big turbo charger, replace the engine management system, put in racing suspension, replace the transmission and a fully custom one, add a racing clutch/flywheel. I'll have a beast, if I then mate that with medium or soft racing tires, there is no way in hell that the stock brakes are going to be up to the job. The car would be a lethal weapon.

But, hey, that's OK, at this point, I'm loving everything else, so the absence of brake customization is alright. I just 'assume' that when I uprate the other parts the brakes are kind of tweaked as I go. though I still think having brake customization would be very cool, and authentic....

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Ultimate_Balla
Wednesday, December 15, 2010 @ 1:54:50 AM
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J-Pop, like seriously? Really? ('_'). Ah, sometimes I put on GT5 Just to listen to the tracks... The classics and jazz are amazing.

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RebelJD
Wednesday, December 15, 2010 @ 2:34:09 AM
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A classical soundtrack with the GT5 brand on it? Very nice. This will bring a different audience to the Gran Turismo franchise that just might appreciate the art and class behind such a game.

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Bjorn77
Wednesday, December 15, 2010 @ 2:46:35 AM
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It cost me 2 hour to get that shitty soundtrack out of my game, I'm not buying any of that crap for sure.

Had to individually select all menu tracks and turn it off. Then I had to select all race tracks and make them menu tracks. Thank god you can select your own music library while racing.

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Lawless SXE
Wednesday, December 15, 2010 @ 3:48:21 AM

Please, do not call classical music 'sh*tty'. Refer to it not being your type of music, but to use such a strong adjective is insulting to the many, many lovers of this type of music.
Peace.

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Bjorn77
Wednesday, December 15, 2010 @ 5:03:51 AM

Not referring to classical music as shitty, referring to the complete soundtrack as shitty.

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Nova77
Wednesday, December 15, 2010 @ 4:17:54 AM
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Like most racers I don't listen to music while racing but I have edited the menu music to be mainly classical. I'd really love to get the soundtrack but Lang Lang? If it was anyone else yeh but never him.

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maxpontiac
Wednesday, December 15, 2010 @ 8:08:36 AM
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The menu music in the GT series has been one of my favorite things about Gran Turismo.

It's a shame that several reviews out their ripped on the music featured in the game.

Stay true Kaz, your real fans appreciate these things.

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STAY3R
Wednesday, December 15, 2010 @ 9:53:20 AM
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GT5 has the worst soundtracks a racing game can have, it's the 1 and only weak point of the game, thank god they allowed user defined music.

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Highlander
Wednesday, December 15, 2010 @ 10:37:27 AM

Horses for courses, different strokes, one man's poison is another man's medicine (this is truer than you think), and all the other truisms that say that everyone has their own taste and bashing a game (as reviewers have done) because you have different musical taste is poor form. especially when the music is very much in the same genre and mood as the music in previous GT games.

However, PD recognized this and allowed custom music during races. I know a lot of people like something harder with more pace when racing. personally I like silly 80's britpop when I'm just fooling around, and classical music when I'm racing for serious...

BTW, if you set up custom playlists on your PS3, you can use the playlists instead of just letting the system choose your tracks from the common music folder. Don't forget (you may already know) that you can also shuffle play.

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Ludicrous_Liam
Wednesday, December 15, 2010 @ 11:35:59 AM

I liked the race music in GT5P..

(Yeah I'm stalking you UNTIL WE ARE FRIENDS! :) )

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Highlander
Wednesday, December 15, 2010 @ 11:41:03 AM

Oh no! A sta1ker!

:x

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maxpontiac
Wednesday, December 15, 2010 @ 11:45:33 AM

Amazingly enough, not enough people realize the GT5 custom music feature.

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