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Konzertnachlese: Daniil Trifonov im Konzerthaus Wien
"Breathtaking virtuosity" and "orgiastic burst of colour"
From a young age, Trifonov was described as an extraordinary and promising talent of the last decade. On July 1, he showed his skills in the Great Hall of the Konzerthaus in Vienna, playing a Bösendorfer 280VC. The programme included Szymanowski, Debussy, Prokofiev and Brahms.

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New cooperation with the Chamber Music Festival Lockenhaus
We are looking forward to the new partnership between the renowned chamber music festival Lockenhaus and Bösendorfer.
Founded by Gidon Kremer in 1981 the festival quickly developed to an internationally acclaimed oasis of chamber music. The impressive Knight’s Castle with its Knight’s Hall, said to had served as secret assembling place by the Templars, and the wonderful baroque church of Lockenhaus are offering magical performance spaces in the middle of the woods of Mittelburgenland: a place of refuge for discovery, experimentation, presentation of young or unknown artists, building artistic partnerships and live long friendships by music making on the highest standards.

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New grand piano from the Marquetry Series
Collector’s Item Camellia
For millenia, the camellia's flowers have exuded their delicate fragrance, their splendor of colors and a touch of exoticism. Its heyday in the Palmenhaus at Schönbrunn Palace in Vienna is almost over, but its magic is forever captured in our new Collector’s Item Grand Piano Camellia.

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CD-Präsentation: Carlo Grante
Johannes Brahms - The Complete Sonatas and Variations for Solo Piano
One thing I immediately liked about Grante’s playing was that he makes a differentiation in approach to Brahms’ original works and the variations he wrote based on the music of Handel, Paganini, Schumann and a Hungarian song, all of which require an entirely different approach to the rhythm. (Lynn René Bayley, Art Music Lounge)

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Mozart Italia Castelli Romani and Off the Hook Arts are pleased to present:
Join us this spring for six remarkable free concerts live-streamed straight to you. On the magnificent Bösendorfer 280 Vienna Concert piano in the beautiful concert hall Casa Delle Culture e Della Musica in Velletri, pianist Carlo Grante will perform Beethoven, Mozart, Brahms, and more. Prior to each recital, special guest Bruce Adolphe will join Grante for a short discussion and Piano Puzzler based on each concert’s repertoire and composer. You won’t want to miss it!

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CD-Präsentation: Mélody Zhao
Joseph Haydn Complete Piano Concerto
"What Swiss pianist Melodie Zhao and Howard Griffiths present here is sensationally good. Spirited, virtuosic, exceedingly vividly articulated, they serve up these concertos often misunderstood as inconsequential early works." (Fono Forum 04/ 2021)

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CD-Presentation: Nareh Arghamanyan
The 127th Day
Nareh, acclaimed for her "sensual" narrative tone", "precise stylistic approach" and "dazzling technique", juxtaposes two vignettes of the Romantic piano repertoire: Brahms Opus 117 and Tschaikowsky's Opus 37.

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Obituary on the death of Christa Ludwig
She is simply the best!
I always thought Christa Ludwig was the greatest Brahms singer, but she was until I heard her sing Strauss. Again, I had to assign her a new throne. Then I heard her sing Wagner, and again I experienced the same thing. And when I heard her sing Wagner, and again I experienced the same thing. And when I heard her recently, with her incredible interpretation of the Old Lady in my musical "Candide", I had to give up. She is simply the best! (Leonard Bernstein)

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CD Presentation: Beatrice Berrut
Beatrice Berrut's very internalized and expressive playing interweaves wonderfully with Franz Liszt's late work, which soberly and suggestively at the same time, opened the way to modernity.

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CD Presentation: Sir András Schiff & Jörg Widmann
Johannes Brahms - Clarinet Sonatas
Two great artists, pianist András Schiff and composer/clarinettist Jörg Widmann, join forces for the first time on record, performing Brahms’s late masterpieces, the clarinet sonatas op. 120, written in 1894. In between the sonatas Schiff plays Widmann’s evocative Intermezzi for piano. As Jörg Widmann explains in a programme note, these are works inspired by his friendship with András Schiff and by a shared love of Brahms, to whom they pay tribute. The album was recorded at Neumarkt’s Historischer Reitstadel.

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