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In Reply to: RE: I now suspect the fortepiano is not easy to reproduce well posted by John C. - Aussie on June 15, 2017 at 16:31:05
Well, John, as you know, I'm very sensitive to the feelings of others around here on AA, and, over the years, I've noticed that some inmates here just don't like to be exposed to my opinions about fortepianos (even though I have actual experience playing on them!). ;-)
But because YOU specially requested it, I'm dredging up my post from a decade ago on this topic. The context was CB's recommendation of a certain recording of the Trout Quintet:"To pick Simon Standage once again, I find that the recordings he made of Mozart and Schubert quartets with the Salomon Quartet (Hyperion), or especially the recording he made of the Trout Quintet with [forte]pianist Steven Lubin (gasp--playing a lovely-sounding Graf [forte]piano of about 1830) on L'Oiseau Lyre to be very close to my ideal in terms of tasteful, expressive violin playing."To which I responded:"That's one of SS's recordings I've actually heard - but here I wasn't so bothered by his playing as by the tone of the fortepiano - a kind of desiccated cross between a toy piano and strung-together rubber bands!"I would only add that, on the one Sonata I heard from Brautigam's cycle (thanks to the kindness of BIS Boss Robert von Bahr), the piano also had an unpleasant, percussive, metallic sound (which I blame on the piano itself, not at all on the engineering) - just IMHO. Other than the instrument itself, I thought the performance was well played.
They sound like broken pianos to me. It baffles me that there is any interest in them other than their historical significance.
You and I have discussed fortepianos before, and we see (and hear!) things differently. But I for one always enjoy your opinions, even if they're wrong :). Please don't ever hold back.
"The passage of my life is measured out in shirts."
- Brian Eno
Actually, I was just having a bit of fun with my previous post, But I'm glad that you, Timbo, jdaniel (and others) always stick to your guns! We should all be passionate about what we like - and I appreciate your comment!
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