Modartt has announced the release of the Blüthner Model 1 add-on for Pianoteq 4. Authorized by Blüthner, Modartt say this is the world's first physical model of Blüthner's finest grand piano, widely celebrated for use on the concert stage.
Modartt continue: "'There are only two things which I took with me on my way to America... my wife and my precious Blüthner' Rachmaninov once said. The Blüthner pianos were also favoured by Brahms, Tchaikovsky and Rubinstein just to name a few. We have surely all enjoyed the Blüthner piano in 'Let It Be' by The Beatles. The company is still managed by the Blüthner family in Leipzig."
A unique feature in Blüthner's grand pianos is the fourth string for each key in the treble, called the Aliquot system. Its purpose is to create a sympathetic vibrating string that enhances the tone. This feature is included in the Pianoteq model. In the Standard and Pro Pianoteq versions it is possible to modify this specific parameter in order to decrease or increase the effect.
The round warm tonal character of the Blüthner Model 1 is accurately rendered by Pianoteq's physical model, bringing sparkling treble notes and powerful bass. Modartt say that the instrument is capable of producing everything from tender pianissimos to thunderous persuasiveness, easily matching the orchestra's power as well as intimate moments in a performance.
Pricing & Availability
The Blüthner Model 1 add-on is embedded in demo mode in Pianoteq's latest version 4.2 and can be activated for 49 € ($59).
You can listen to audio samples and download a free trial version at www.pianoteq.com.
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