The 50,000th Bösendorfer Grand presents itself perfect in form and elegance. This instrument, made on the occasion of the 185th anniversary of Bösendorfer, combines exquisite sound with the aesthetic beauty of neoclassical Vienna.
In 1867, the architect Theophil Hansen – who was also responsible for the design of the Wiener Musikverein concert hall – and Anton Grosser designed pianos for the World Exhibition in Paris. In a sense, both of these original instruments are the godfathers of Opus 50,000. A vital stylistic element – the elegant and delicate use of gold – characterizes the design of this instrument. Covered with gold leaf, the sublime golden interior of the piano permeates the body of the instrument. Not boastful pomp but exquisite elegance. Inspired by the golden caryatids that still adorn the concert hall of the Wiener Musikverein, two of these figures decorate the front of the instrument. The caryatids were cast in bronze using the traditional lost wax technique, before they were gilded using 24 carat gold.
This unique piano is not only an enchanting instrument, but also an unforgettable piece of Vienna.
“I am never satisfied with mere perfection. It is uniqueness that I seek. Bösendorfer gives me a unique voice, unique palette of musical colours, unique tools to achieve my vision. From the most intimate recording studio to majestic spans of Royal Albert Hall - Bösendorfer is my ultimate choice.”
Unique Single Edition
Traditional Imperial Design with additional bass range
Concert Grand action geometry guarantees optimal play and controllability
Independent Capo d’Astro for perfect adjustment in the descant registry
Sophisticated processing of European raw materials exclusively
Resonance body out of Austrian spruce resonance wood
Hand spun Bösendorfer bass strings
Handcrafted in Austria
Length 7’4" | 2.25m
92 Keys - Imperial Design