Tonal Diversity

Full and colorful

“Singing with a Bösendorfer grand is like singing with an orchestra,” the American jazz singer Dianne Reeves insists. And Ildiko Raimondi, acclaimed Viennese Kammersängerin agrees:” The Bösendorfer is a big personality with a mighty sound.”

Sound beauties from Bösendorfer

Sound beauties from Bösendorfer

Great artists all expect from a concert grand variety of tone, an abundance of colors, the possibility for subtle differentiations in sound from the finest pianissimo to an orchestral fortissimo, and individuality. Wilhelm Backhaus already raved about the “gossamer beauty, fresh as the morning dew, of a Bösendorfer’s middle register, which is framed by a powerful bass register and a glittering, sparkling treble and which does justice to all moods, from pathos to playful grace.
And the legendary Oscar Peterson compared his instruments from the Viennese piano factory to “a herd of gorgeous Arabic full-blooded stallions.” Rolling basses and swinging midranges led and lead many jazz pianists, as well as blues and boogie woogie artists, to Bösendorfer. Like Vienna, the City of Music, Bösendorfer stands for musical variety and breadth.

András Schiff is an advocate of Sonic Diversity.

András Schiff is an advocate of Sonic Diversity.

A Unique Specimen in the Hand of an Artist

One of the giants of today’s piano world, András Schiff, is worried that breadth and variety of tone is gradually dwindling away. He observes a musical flattening: “Nearly all pianists play the whole repertoire on a single brand and I don’t find that proper. They enter a concert hall and accept, without saying a word, that a given piano is there. Many colleagues aren’t at all curious and want to go for security”.

Bösendorfer grands lift every artist from the ocean of uniformity, pure keyboard technique. They make deep inspirations possible, and creativity that leads to weighty interpretations. Thanks to its unique construction, the high percentage of resonating spruce and the wealth of experience by Bösendorfer’s piano makers, each and every instrument from Vienna is a unique specimen in the hand of a gifted artist.