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Not all pianos are the same…

Fri 15 Mar 2019

Bluther 1867, restored by Edwin Beunk

When we play music from any era, we want to find instruments that replicate as closely as possible what musicians of the day would have used.

There’s no difference when it comes to the piano. For next week’s performances of Brahms Piano Concertos, our Principal Artist Sir András Schiff has picked a very special instrument dating back to 1867. It has some characteristics of the modern piano’s predecessor, the fortepiano.

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Current Distractions

Thu 13 Sep 2012

Once again, we look at what’s been pulling at our attention strings in the OAE office. 

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French Impressionists with Sir Simon Rattle. Tour video diary – No.2

Thu 23 Aug 2012

For the second instalment of our tour diary we’re in Rotterdam. Or is it Amsterdam?

Whatever – this second part includes an interview with piano specialist and tuner  Brian MaCartney, who tells us all about the 1920’s Erard piano that was used in this tour.

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Harpsichord

With its unique plucked sound, stately shape and often beautifully adorned exterior, the harpsichord is one of the most recognisable sounds and images of the glorious baroque.

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