Thread: The Barenboim Piano

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Post by hiredfox May 28, 2015 (11 of 14)
Claude said:

Some were thrilled by the difference. Others furrowed their brows at the similarity.

Sounds like the CD v SACD argument all over again. Time will be the judge of Barenboim. At least we know he cannot be in it for the money.

Post by Iain May 28, 2015 (12 of 14)
Claude said:

"To a small audience of journalists, Barenboim played 30 seconds from the slow movement of Beethovenís Appassionata Sonata on his traditional Steinway before playing the same notes on his new piano.

Some were thrilled by the difference. Others furrowed their brows at the similarity. What no one could disagree on was the maestroís passion for his new instrument."

http://www.theguardian.com/music/2015/may/26/daniel-barenboim-reveals-radical-new-piano-design-ive-fallen-in-love-with-it

Perhaps someone should design player versions of each instrument for comparison purposes. With those modifications in place, performance inconsistencies will be eliminated. : )

Post by Claude May 29, 2015 (13 of 14)
hiredfox said:

Sounds like the CD v SACD argument all over again.

I think these situations cannot be compared.

The purpose of recording and playback equipment is to sound as perfect as possible (the output signal should be as close as possible to the input), while with musical instruments the listeners accept and even expect certain sonic flaws which give it more character. The most extreme examples are the electric guitar or the Hammond organ, with it's load of distortion. The pipe organ is another example. Nobody wants it to sound as clean as a synthesizer.

Post by sambaserge May 29, 2015 (14 of 14)
Iain said:

Perhaps someone should design player versions of each instrument for comparison purposes. With those modifications in place, performance inconsistencies will be eliminated. : )

Nice to know that they are still people around looking for perfection.
"Good enough" should be a banned expression.

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