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This review is from: Schumann: Complete Piano Works (Audio CD)Despite the claim passed on by J. Gibbons in his review of this set that the piano used was one made in 1839 by Conrad Graf in Vienna, that is not true. The Graf piano was one owned by Robert Schumann himself and was used by Demus to record Schumann piano music in the 1970s but that is a completely different recording. The piano used on this set sounds to be a rich, ripe modern Bosendorfer, rather than a Steinway, which is why it sounds so different. But an 1839 Graf fortepiano it is not.
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Initial post: 14 Sep 2011 19:19:32 BDT
C. G. Horner says:
How does the piano discussion affect the rating?
In reply to an earlier post on 15 Sep 2011 08:38:43 BDT
Eric Shanes says:
Prospective purchasers might care to know what the piano sounds like. It is therefore important to establish that the piano used by Demus on this recording is not an 1839 Conrad Graf, which sounds very different from a modern Bosendorfer.
Posted on 6 Mar 2012 17:13:01 GMT
Quite agree, Eric. I am quite amazed that anyone who has actually listened to these recordings might think them to be of an 1839 Conrad Graf. The sound is so very different. Perhaps I was unlucky with the particular discs in my set, but some of the recordings hardly pass muster at all, while others sound no more that fair to middling. I am not complaining about Demus's playing, or the price, I hasten to add. The instrument is clearly a fairly modern one, and being a pianist of great taste, it does seem likely that Demus would have opted for a Bösendorfer, rather than a Steinway.
In reply to an earlier post on 6 Mar 2012 17:24:08 GMT
Eric Shanes says:
Thanks for such an intelligent -- and pleasant -- response. Let's hope that one day EMI will issue on CD Demus's recordings of selected works by Schumann on the composer's own 1839 Conrad Graf. The effects Demus obtained with the con sordino pedal are wonderful. And I fully agree with you about the variable sound on the set under discussion.
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