Celebrated singer to repair broken piano finds new ‘best friend’


For the first time, one of the most famous pianists in the world explained how she got over the loss of a piano that she called her “best friend” by having a substitute. After becoming the first woman to be awarded the Bach Medal in November, Angela Hewitt played the new piano for the first time at a concert in Leipzig, Germany, broadcast live on ARTE Concert, an award granted in recognition of efforts to support the work of the composer. Hewitt has also completed a fifteen-year project that involves recordings of all the piano sonatas of Beethoven, as well as a recording of one of the greatest piano works of the composer, the Hammerklavier Sonata. After her one-of-a-kind four-piano Fazioli was dropped and irreparably ruined by specialist instrument movers in January, she had feared she would never find a piano up to such a challenge again.

Since 2003, the loss of the piano on which she had made all of her recordings left her in mourning. She called the piano maker, Paolo Fazioli, in desperation, who told her that he would create a suitable replacement. While she waited, because of the British corona virus, she had to endure the cancellation of concerts, because her main residence was in London. Hewitt said she managed to remain safe by posting regular Twitter videos of herself playing simple pieces on her practice piano in her apa

Fazioli and his team designed five new pianos at his factory near Venice in hopes that Hewitt would select one of them. “Preparing these five pianos brought the whole factory into turmoil,” he said. Hewitt flew to Venice in late July when they were ready and travel restrictions were lifted. The five pianos were lined up next to the factory in a concert hall. Ge Ge, the German tuner and technician of Hewitt, Ge.

“She said the two remaining were “twins,” made with consecutive serial numbers more or less at the same time. She decided on the older twin within 25 minutes of playing pieces by Bach, Beethoven and Schumann. “I felt like I had the entire world of sound in my fingertips when I was playing.

No matter how loud you played, it did not have any harshness.

She would pick this piano, Finkenstein realized, even though he hadn’t told her beforehand. Was the piano her new best friend turning out to be? “I think it is.

I’m sorry, dude. I’m not promiscuous either.

I’ve just recorded “Love Walked In.” by Gershwin.

It was a moment of magic.

I have a new piano and a whole new world. It gives back everything I give it, and more, so I can really play the way I want to.

It’s a great feeling,” she says, adding, “Some people think of pianos as feminine, but I think of them as male.

“If it’s going to be a best friend, a lover, it’s got to be a man. “The happiest moment in a gloomy year was having a new piano, she said. “In a year when so much of my work just disappeared and I spent so much time alone in isolation, I have this one very, very happy thing.” When her old piano broke, Hewitt expected a “insurance saga.”

Yet she said it was all done with dignity: the movers’ insurers insured the new piano for €155,000. “She said, “I wasn’t angry at the movers, but let’s just say I changed movers.” Asked if she was tense when she was moving the new piano, she said, “I’m trying not to think about it.

For the movers, it’s more tense. They know they’d better not drop it.


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