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PostPosted: Mon Apr 28, 2014 5:22 am    Post subject: Feurich pianos Reply with quote

I recently came across a few clips of pianist David Barton playing Sibelius, you can look him up on YouTube, there's plenty of good stuff. To the point, he is playing a piano made by the Viennese firm FEURICH, who make pianos with a so called "harmonic pedal", an absolutely fascinating invention.

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Here's an interesting arrangement of the Swan: (the pedal is best featured after the 5 minute mark, accompanying chords)

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And the impromptu op. 5 no. 5, very effective with that pedal system:

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PostPosted: Mon Apr 28, 2014 9:00 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm no pianist but fascinating stuff. I never expected to hear 'The Swan of Tuonela' on the piano but with this harmonic pedal it sounded quite pleasing. I wonder what the composer would have thought. I recall that Sibelius once remarked that you should always create an artificial pedal for the orchestra are there will be holes in it, and some passages will sound ragged.--kp

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