Chopin competition on period pianos to explore forgotten sound universes
Warsaw (AFP) - Five dazzling grand historical pianos take over the prestigious stage of the Warsaw Philharmonic.In turn, according to the choices of the pianists, they transport the contemporary music lover to forgotten sound universes in the time of Frédéric Chopin.
Thirty participants from all over the world are taking part in the first International Frédéric Chopin Competition on period pianos which has been held in Warsaw since September 2.
These pianos "all date from the 19th century and Chopin played on each of these models.His favorite was the Pleyel but we also have Erards, Buchholtz ...", Artur Szklener, director of the Institute, told AFP.National Frédéric Chopin (Nifc), based in Warsaw, the organizer of the competition.
Each instrument of this period, marked by multiple technical and technological innovations undergone by the piano then in full evolution, retains its unique character.
Depending on the model, the brand and the year of manufacture, "we have the impression of hearing lots of different sounds, lots of different pianos", underlines Claire Chevallier, great specialist of the old piano, member of the jury in Warsaw.
"I want to hear very personal things, very adapted to the instrument, a quality of sound which is also in osmosis with what the instrument can offer, and at the same time a little bit of novelty perhaps in this music by Chopin that we hear so often, "she told AFP, when the first auditions have just started.
- "Hyper demanding" instruments -
The competition, unprecedented by the nature of the instruments used, according to the Nifc, takes up the broad lines of the formula of the famous Frédéric Chopin international piano competition, created in Poland in 1927 and which, during its seventeen editions every five years, has often opened the doors of the world's great halls to its laureates.
Posted Date: 2021-01-04