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Forte Piano - Graf - Beethoven - Somlai

  • 1.  Forte Piano - Graf - Beethoven - Somlai

    Member
    Posted 08-17-2021 08:32
    edit-make that title Walter piano...oops

    Walter Piano - Beethoven Moonlight Sonata - Petra Somlai

    I really enjoyed this...thought I'd share it.  The subtlety they allow and crisp rhythm with millisecond second long silences are so hard to pull off on a modern piano with its high sustain and high energy impacts. I'd love to build one of these.

    Look at the arm/whole hand movements used to produce effects which are finger oriented in the modern piano...especially in the last movement...really cool.

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    Jim Ialeggio
    grandpianosolutions.com
    Shirley, MA
    978 425-9026
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  • 2.  RE: Forte Piano - Graf - Beethoven - Somlai

    Posted 08-17-2021 10:04
    Fantastic interpretation, really wonderful, but the instrument is a copy of a Walter instrument, rather earlier than Beethoven. 

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GXZxR0AaXAA is on an 1819 Broadwood possibly closer to Beethoven's idiom than the Walter.

    Best wishes

    David P


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  • 3.  RE: Forte Piano - Graf - Beethoven - Somlai

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    Posted 08-17-2021 20:45
    great! I love the buzzing bass notes near the end!





  • 4.  RE: Forte Piano - Graf - Beethoven - Somlai

    Member
    Posted 08-17-2021 22:42
    I recently came across this video and thought you might like it as well.  It's a very interesting discussion of Beethoven's stipulation that the first movement of the Moonlight sonata is to be played without dampers.  It works beautifully on the fortepiano.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LJuNgjb2HcY


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    Madison AL
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  • 5.  RE: Forte Piano - Graf - Beethoven - Somlai

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    Posted 08-17-2021 23:07
    Thank you for that John!

    David....Beethoven apparently played and composed at quite a number of different pianos. While Broadwood was used in the late sonatas, earlier, at the time of the Moolight sonata's composition, I believe he owned a Walter. He also played and owned a  Stein, Walter, Erard, Fritz, Streicher and at the end a Broadwood.  Each of the periods would have reflected the technology he currently had at his disposal.

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    Jim Ialeggio
    grandpianosolutions.com
    Shirley, MA
    978 425-9026
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  • 6.  RE: Forte Piano - Graf - Beethoven - Somlai

    Posted 08-18-2021 07:30
    I'm not sure if I posted this last year on a similar thread. https://www.insidethehearingmachine.com/documentary
    www.snowpianos.com

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