USA Tel (404) 200-4776

MP3-1129100 A new 'human' piano is unveiled in Budapest 21.01.2015

MP3-1129100 A new 'human' piano is unveiled in Budapest 21.01.2015
Item# MP3-1129100
Regular price: $6.99
Sale price: $4.19

Product Description

MP3-1129100 A new 'human' piano is unveiled in Budapest 21.01.2015

From 'Guardian': A ‘revolutionary’ piano, created by Hungarian pianist Gergely Bogányi, promises ‘sound beyond time’. What does that even mean? Promotional websites are brilliant, aren’t they? With promises of a “revolutionary piano” and its strapline “Sound Beyond Time” (I have literally no idea what that means) comes the Bogányi piano, named after its creator, the Hungarian pianistGergely Bogányi. Those incomprehensible claims might bring to mind some wild new mechanism for the production of sound through the digital activation of a piano key: so what is it, a keyboard that lets you produce light as well as sound (like Scriabin wanted) or maybe a set of ivories that turns the piano into a Marty-McFly-style musical DeLorean? Alas, it’s none of the above, in fact: in the flesh – or rather in photographs, since the piano was only unveiled today in Budapest – it looks like a swooshy reinterpretation of the piano form, a bit like a Steinway reimagined by Umberto Boccioni. In fact, as Bogányi told me, form follows function in his piano, with even such details as the piano’s legs being sculpted better to project sound into the auditorium. Bogányi’s dream was to create an instrument that would be more “human” than the conventional Stein-endorfer-iolis that dominate the world’s concert halls (somewhat bizarrely, he also told me he wanted to make a 21st-century piano that would be more like the instruments of the early 19th century that he loves the best) but which would also carry greater clarity, and be less susceptible to the vagaries of humidity, temperature, and other minor acts of God that make the piano technician’s job a finicky pain in the proverbial. That means a lot of carbon fibre in the Bogányi’s construction; the instrument’s soundboard – the heart and soul of any piano’s sound – is made from this space-age material instead of metal or wood, and the result, he says, is a sound that’s more organic than the normal concert grands, but which is more powerful, too. And while Bogányi is proud of his invention, he’s modest in the extreme about what it heralds, being cautious about allowing Hungary’s greatest pianists –Zoltan Kocsis, Andras Schiff, say – to play the instrument until he’s completely happy with it. The danger for the Bogányi is that it becomes another very expensive footnote in pianistic-organological history, a bit like a carbon-fibreLiberace-piano or Schimmel Pegasus. The proof will be in what it actually sounds like: and we’ll have to wait for reports from Budapest to find out what this “new revolution” in piano technology does for pianistic possibility.

World Premiere of the new piano from Hungarian TV:

András Batta - Musicologist Viktor Orbán - Prime Minister of Hungary

Gergely Bogányi's program:

1. Bach-Bogányi: Preludium in C Major BWV 545 2. Liszt: Notturno in A flat Major 3. Chopin: Berceuse 4. Chopin: Impromtu in F sharp Major Op.36 5. Liszt: Hungarian Rhapsody No.6 6. Liszt: Eroica - Transcendental Study 7. Bartók: Allegro Barbaro

Gerald Clayton is playing jazz.

All download links and files are emailed to you within 72 business hours of your order. Please note: If you are charged shipping for any MP3, please let us know and we will refund you immediately! Also, almost all CD's are available as MP3's.

Shipping rates in the USA and Canada are $3.99 for the first item and $1.25 for each additional item. Shipping rates outside the USA and Canada are $14.00 for the first item and $2.50 for each additional item.

Important Information!!!
USA Telephone (404) 200-4776 We sell only opera recordings. The recordings are sent to you in paper sleeves with no tray card or inserts, just the raw discs with printed labels. These recordings are of nonprofessional quality that are in the public domain. The quality of these old opera recordings is not very good and they are meant for collectors and educational purposes only. Most of them are 30 or 40 years old, so they might be blurry, colors faded, and not sound very good, but they might not be available elsewhere. Please note that most of our recordings do not have tracks, they have 1 long track per disc.