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Just for perspective, the piece as it was originally intended. And I honestly don't know which is more impressive. They're both very well done. However, I DO prefer the stage presence of the guitar goddess.
Listening to that got me inspired so I pulled the sheet music for this movement. After attempting to sight read a few pages, I put it back away.
Notice the extra keys on this piano? It is a Bösendorfer Imperial Grand.
Its massive soundboard, the largest of all concert grands, makes its sound an almost orchestral experience. The extra bass strings of the subcontra octave extend the tonal range and create additional harmonic resonance throughout the whole instrument.
The first prototype was built in 1909 following a request from Ferruccio Busoni. He was working on a transcription of Bach's organ music and needed a piano with deeper bass notes. As a result the Imperial was created with 97 keys- eight full octaves. Its extraordinary sound inspired major composers, including Bartók, Debussy and Ravel. Several music pieces composed require an Imperial to ensure that they are played true to the original.
First of all, hats off to you for pulling out the music. The hacks all butcher the first movement but that third movement, there's no faking that.
About the quality and deep sound of that piano though. I did notice the sonority and the incredible tone of that piano but I did not know why. I really appreciate you sharing that info. More keys, longer overtone series...makes sense. And she sure knows how to make it rock.
She is amazing. I will confess to listening to it several times in a row and then going on to listen to several of her other works.
I've done the same with both artists on this page. One cool thing about Listisa is that she'll do piano only recordings of some of my favorite concertos. Like this one, my favorite piano concerto:
Can I just say that I am enjoying you guys geeking out on classical music SO much at this point?
Gentlemint gentlemen once again astound me.
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