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My Pleyel pianino of 1844 No: 11151 - a few thoughts

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I hope you will forgive a digression. The French pianist Yves Henry at the Nohant Chopin Festival each year, devotes his time during Masterclasses to the instructive comparison of the sound palette, touch, action and pedalling of Pleyel i nstruments with modern pianos. I have a few considerations of my own to offer.  The Pleyel   pianinos are wonderful instruments as Chopin understood and praised. The ne plus ultra her termed them. In his lessons he demonstrated his musical interpretations to his pupils on one whilst they were seated at a concert grand instrument. They are the perfect domestic instrument for the pianist who wishes to explore the authentic Chopin soundscape. Inexpensive (restored around €8-10,000), small with minimal maintenance and tuning, in compass capable of dealing with everything Chopin wrote, glorious in subtle tone, intimacy and able even to thunder in the restricted space of the average modern apartment. My  Pleyel   pianino of 1844 No: 11151 was restored by Da

The Pianist on Square d'Orléans. The Rediscovered Chopin Pleyel piano, Factory No.13214 (1847) Fryderyk Chopin's penultimate instrument

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Pleyel Factory Number 13214 (1847) The great English painter J. M. W. Turner once remarked  'always take advantage of an accident'.  In this case I am attempting to take advantage of a coincidence. The consideration is of two  Pleyel  Petit Patron grand pianos used by Fryderyk Chopin. These instruments followed each other to the same address in Paris as if in the manner of a metaphysical destiny.  I have already covered in detail the restoration in Warsaw of Chopin's last piano in Paris,  Pleyel  No .  14810 of 1848, and will follow this with an examination of the history and review a performance on the recently rediscovered penultimate  Pleyel  used by Chopin in Paris,   Factory No. 13214 of 1847.  The award-winning pianist and pedagogue Professor Hubert Rutkowski of the  Hochschule für Musik und Theater  in Hamburg explained the fascination  Pleyel  had for the Polish composer: 'Chopin was a Pleyel pianist. He was very connected to this company and particularly ap