Friday, September 16, 2011

Kristian Bezuidenhout Plays Mozart's Fortepiano

Of course, in 1790 Mozart wouldn't have had to compete with car horns.  Why don't modern classical pianists ever try playing nineteenth- and twentieth-century works on older instruments?  After all, to play Xenakis on a fortepiano or Brahms on a harpsichord wouldn't be any more anachronistic than playing Bach on a modern piano.  It can't be simply that the keyboard range is too small on older instruments.  On the other hand, Keith Jarrett played the clavichord on the Book of Ways:

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