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Beethoven and Bechstein
#3041423 10/31/20 02:37 PM
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Yes, I know this is a shameless plug, but it's also a real fun project, working on those Bagatelles. Rarely have I spend so much time on a piece like that, but somehow this feels good enough to still call it a work in progress and see where this takes me.

The opportunity of having a brand new C.Bechstein D 282 concert grand was something I simply couldn't ignore, so in addition to learning the piece, I have also invested quite some time in getting a more than decent sound from a matched pair of good microphones without any postprocessing.

Playing is on truly sacred ground, a hall where Brahms, Mahler, Bruckner and many other celebrities actually performed. Please enjoy this sound (and ignore the not so good part of this playing, please).



Disclaimer: I work for Bechstein, but not in Marketing, Sales, Production or PR and have been active in the orum way before joining the company.

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OE1FEU #3041458 10/31/20 04:21 PM
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Is that the Ehrbar Saal at Prayner???

Nice playing!

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OE1FEU #3041459 10/31/20 04:23 PM
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What an instrument

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OE1FEU #3041469 10/31/20 04:32 PM
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Now that is a fine piano.

Nice playing as well.


When you play, never mind who listens to you. R.Schumann.

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OE1FEU - Thank you for sharing your playing and the Bechstein D-282 with us. Both are fine IMO.

FWIW - I think THE most difficult playing to do is a no-cuts-allowed, single camera video recording. For me it amplifies the pressure of playing "live". There is always the possibility of trolls waiting patiently, scores in hand, to point out my errors and omissions.

To play late Beethoven for us ... you are one brave guy. Thank you.

Regarding the piano - I had occasion to play a D-282 in a concert in the Washington, DC area in 2003. As I recall it was nearly new, and it was a wonderful instrument. The action was precise and responsive. I could play from ppp to fff with ease on it. The bass was wonderful, different from Steinway - cleaner, yet very full, the mid-range warm.

I like the warmth of the sound of the instrument you played. I like the brilliance of it and the richness of the sound. That said, from about C6 to C7 I, and this is just my personal observation, found the sound a little "woody" compared to Hamburg Steinway or Fazioli. I wonder if a little more voicing could give some "cushion" to the sound while retaining the brilliance.

Good Day to All.


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