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DB On My New Piano


11 OCTOBER 2016 (Toronto, ON) - Daniel Barenboim’s On My New Piano, his first solo recording on the remarkable new concert grand Barenboim-Maene, which he developed in collaboration with instrument maker Chris Maene, is now available for pre-order and will be released November 4 by Deutsche Grammophon via Universal Music Canada, the country's leading music company. “I’ve fallen in love with my new piano”, he exclaims, “and want to spend as much time with it as possible.” Conceived and commissioned by Barenboim himself, the piano was developed and built by esteemed Belgian instrument maker Chris Maene, with support from Steinway & Sons. The instrument was first revealed in May of last year. Barenboim was inspired to create a new piano after playing Franz Liszt’s restored grand piano during a trip to Siena in September 2011. Struck by the vital differences in sound of an instrument constructed with straight, parallel strings rather than the diagonal crossed ones of a contemporary instrument, he set out to create a brand new instrument that combines the best of the old and the new and offers a real alternative for pianists and music-lovers in the 21st century. Barenboim says: “The transparency and tonal characteristics of the traditional straight-strung instruments is so different from the homogenous tone produced by the modern piano across its entire range. The clearly distinguishable voices and colour across its registers of Liszt’s piano inspired me to explore the possibility of combining these qualities with the power, looks, evenness of touch, stability of tuning and other technical advantages of the modern Steinway…” There are only two Barenboim-Maene in the world. For this recording, Barenboim has selected works by four keyboard masters to display his piano’s timbral and tonal capabilities. Daniel Barenboim will play selected pieces of the album repertoire on his new piano during his upcoming European recital tour.

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On My New Piano tracklisting

Keyboard Sonata in C Major, Kk. 159, Domenico Scarlatti

Keyboard Sonata in D Minor, Kk. 9, Domenico Scarlatti

Keyboard Sonata in E Major, Kk. 380, Domenico Scarlatti

32 Piano Variations in C Minor on an Original Theme WoO 80, Ludwig van Beethoven

Ballade No. 1 in G Minor, Op. 23, Frederic Chopin

Solemn March to the Holy Grail, S. 450, Richard Wagner & Franz Liszt

Harmonies poetiques et religieuses, S. 173: No. 7, Funerailles, Franz Liszt

Mephisto Waltz No. 1, S. 514, Franz Liszt