»World premiere - Graf grand piano inauguration concert of the Salzburg Mozarteum Foundation«

An unforgettable experience – musical magic of a rediscovered historical keyboard instrument
2011-07-22 | 19:30
Robert Levin   Fortepiano
Alexander Janiczek  Violin
David Watkin   Violoncello
Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy (1809-1847)
Piano trio no. 2 c-minor op. 66 – MWV Q 33 
(composed 1845)
Franz Schubert (1797-1828)
Piano trio E flat major op. 100 –D 929
(composed 1827)


Only a few original Graf grand pianos still exist. So the attic find of the Salzburg Mozarteum foundation was an absolute sensation. In the 19th Century Graf grand pianos were considered to be the best of the time. From the epoque of the Vienne classics to the Romantics composers admired the soft sound of the Graf grand piano, light in descant and clear in bass. The piano builder, Conrad Graf (1782-1851) used the Vienna mechanics that had been introduced around 1780 and that were new in his time. The English mechanics normally used at that time created a louder and more sonorous sound.
The newly restored historic Graf grand piano of the Salzburg Mozarteum Foundation originates from 1839 and was restored in  2010 by Edwin Beunk, a specialist for historic keyboard instruments on the initiative of Robert Levin. The range of the mahogany instrument is (CC–g4). It is ½ octaves larger than the grand pianos of Mozart’s era. The soft warm sound of this grand piano and the special atmosphere of this concert remain is a special memory for me.