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BLÜTHNER HAESSLER IRMLER in South Africa
Tchaikovsky's words: "Blüthner is the perfection of sound."
These are examples of artists with extracts from various independent sources where special mention is made of the Blüthner . (under construction)
"The ideal pianist is one who does not copy" ..Lazar Berman
1) Petronel Malan
The company, "Hänssler Classic"
also emphasizes to the listener that Malan uses Blüthner pianos for her
recordings. For the layman it might sound like unnecessary information, but for
the connoisseur it is an enormously important point because the most delicate
sound palette is created through a determined philosophy and technique: In most
pianos, the hammer hits three standard upper strings - but the Blüthner pianos
uses a 4th and raised string for these upper notes, named "Aliquot." This
"floating string" gives the pianos an exceptional singing tone, a noticeable
different character than the brilliant, piercing sound of a Steinway. Not
necessarily better, just different.
It is clear that Malan possesses an exceptional affinity for the Blüthner sound. With her brilliant articulation, attention to timbre and balance of sounds and colours, each work is a discovery. Her interpretations are sometimes individualistic, but never uninteresting or without musical merit. Louis Heyneman ,Die Burger, Cape Town http://www.petronelmalan.com/recordings.htm
In the following, the
reviewer mistakens Blüthner for a Bosendorfer - "The Bosendorfer
concert grand piano enthralls with Petronel's glorious bass lines. If more
contemporary pianists play like this, we are living in a new Golden Age of piano
2) Arthur Rubenstein
"Rubenstein said that Gaisberg (Fred Gaisberg recording pioneer and producer).. had taken him to lunch at the Gramaphone Company's headquarters... and had then sworn that if Rubenstein would make a test recording it would not be issued without the artists permission. Rubenstein agreed to try; Gaisberg led him to a recording studio, where a Blüthner piano awaited him. Rubenstein objected that the instrument was not a full size concert grand, but Gaisberg persuaded him to try it. "Well, this Blüthner had the most beautiful singing tone I had ever found", he recalled. "Suddenly I became quite enthusiastic and decided to play my beloved Barcarolle of Chopin. The piano inspired me. I don't think I ever played better in my life. And then the miracle happened. They played it back to me and I must confess that I had tears in my eyes. Gaisberg had won". ...Rubensteins first test recordings were done twice that day - once on the Bluthner and once on a Steinway. .. at this second session, he used only the Bluthner piano." (which was not a full size concert grand, to which Rubenstein originally objected- Ed)Rubentein: A life" by Harvey Sachs
3) Artur Pizzaro
Beethoven Piano Sonatas Nos. 30, 31 and 32. Pizarro plays a Blüthner concert grand piano; its magnificent sounds have been well-captured in this resonant recording. http://www.classicalcdreview.com/MC103.html
“I selected a Blüthner because it’s more nimble than a normal 20th-century grand, more transparent in texture. I wanted something ridiculously expressive.”... Artur Pizzaro
Chopin Piano Sonatas: Once again Artur plays his favoured Bluthner piano, which yields a characteristically warm and rounded sound which lends itself so well to the Chopin repertoire. ...The sound is first class, with solid lows and a sparkling high end that is never brittle. Part of this effect might be attributed to the piano, which is not the usual Steinway but a Blüthner http://www.sacdvda.se/Shop/Index.php?ArtId=010104HDCD
4) Alain Planes
Debussy: Performed on a lovely, rich sounding 1902 Blüthner, this was my favorite piano recording of the year. http://www.6moons.com/audioreviews/bo06/paul.html
5) Pletnev recorded all four sonatas in one night on a Blüthner concert grand. The result: an intensity and intimacy that reveal Mozart works in a new light. http://www.deutschegrammophon.com/special/main.htms?ID=
The pianist (and conductor) Mikhail Pletnev (winner of the First Prize at the International Tchaikovsky Competition in 1978) takes the stage ... He was supposed to play Chopin. Tonight, it will be Mozart and Schumann. Mikhail Pletnev does what he wants, and no one dreams of correcting him..... For example, at the end of the penultimate piece, Pletnev's keyboard (a Blüthner piano) managed to create the perfect illusion of an organ heard in the distance, in a closed and lonely chapel; when the motif came back, it was at the same distance, the same chapel, the same organ, but heard through the opened door. Few even understand that acoustic refinement, let alone know how to create it. That is why Mikhail Pletnev is considered by his peers as one of the greatest living pianists. That is why this recital, cruel and beautiful, was one of the strongest ever heard. http://www.inblogs.net/ionarts/2006/04/mikhail-pletnev-in-paris.html
Note: if you google Pletnev and Bluthner you will find many examples.
6) Alexander Paley
Chopin Sonata, Ballades, Scherzi. These are inner directed and contemplative performances. The full range of the Blüthner grand is ideally suited to capture every nuance Paley brings to his performance .... Allegro February 2007
7) The Beatles
"Paul primarily played a Bluthner grand piano. Paul may have been familiar with them from the many recordings made at Abbey Road by Yehudi Menuhin. ... "The Beatles' Let it Be" by Steve Matteo
"I've known Blüthner for many years and I love them. Their sound is incredible." ~Stevie Wonder
"...we have played on many terrible instruments. Today, luckily we have the choice. Blüthner is our favorite." ~John Lennon
8) Julius Katchen
"While Katchen had Hamburg B's
in his home, he recorded on Bluthners whenever possible."
~Private correspondence with people who knew and worked with Julius Katchen..