Bechstein concerts at Wigmore Hall
|Thursday, 21st March 2013|
Gérard Caussé and Michel Dalberto are among the most famous musicians of our time. Both teach at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique in Paris and participated in the much acclaimed recording of Gabriel Fauré's complete chamber music works published by Virgin Classics. Michel Dalberto and his colleage Nicholas Angelich played a Bechstein D 282 during the recording sessions.
Caussé and Dalberto performed Carl Maria von Weber’s Andante e Rondo Ungarese, Hector Berlioz’s Harold en Italie transcribed by Franz Liszt, and Brahms’s Viola Sonata in E-flat major, op. 120 No. 2. (Brahms participated in the inaugural concerts at Berlin’s Bechstein Hall in 1892.) In a review of the concert at the Wigmore Hall, Mark Berry wrote, "After a slightly anonymous start, the piano grew in stature too, also benefiting from a richly Romantic tone from Michel Dalberto’s Bechstein (an excellent, fitting choice of instrument)." (See the full review on www.seenandheard-international.com.)
Wigmore Hall opened in 1901 as "Bechstein Hall" and was renamed after its expropriation during the First World War.
C. Bechstein Gleams Golden
|Thursday, 21st March 2013|
C. Bechstein celebrates its 160th anniversary with a unique achievement: a luxurious, sumptuously ornamented instrument made by master craftsmen and artists using the most exquisite materials. C. Bechstein CEO Karl Schulze presented the C. Bechstein grand piano Louis XV at a press conference in Berlin. Pianist Dudana Mazmanishvili performed on the piano works by Mozart and Chopin.
This incomparable piano glows with a regal aura. Rich gold leaf, delicate woodcarving, and elegant miniature paintings after the style of Watteau embrace an outstanding acoustic design. Inside the elaborate Louis XV case beats the young heart of a modern C. Bechstein grand piano: the CB B 212 model, a masterpiece of acoustic engineering and craftsmanship, made for the most discriminating professional artists.
"The Golden Grand Piano recalls a glamorous era in the company’s history when we filled orders for crowned heads and famous artists. It also demonstrates the brand’s return to its legendary strength," said Karl Schulze, CEO of C. Bechstein Pianofortefabrik AG, Berlin. "We have built it after the specifications of a 19th-century masterpiece made by Carl Bechstein himself for the royal court of England. This instrument is the epitome of craftsmanship and creativity – a fitting homage to the grand seigneur of piano-making."
In three years of work on the Golden Grand Piano, the C. Bechstein staff have demonstrated skills that few craftsmen still master today: precious woods were selected, patiently cured and delicately shaped; filigree ornaments carved of solid walnut were richly finished in gold leaf; special lacquers were produced from
The touch of this unique instrument is just as luxurious as its ornamentation: the perfectly balanced action responds to every nuance of the pianist’s playing. For all its majestic appearance, the ultramodern Golden Grand Piano submits completely to the musician’s control, expressing every intention in the rich colours of the famous Bechstein sound.