4th September 2007
As part of the celebration of the one year anniversary of Pianoteq, Modartt has expanded its instrument collection with three new historical instrument add-ons:
Sebastien Erard, half grand piano (2m) serial number 109 933 (1922)
The Sébastien Erard has an extraordinary warm and coloured sound with lots of charm, and is equipped with a very delicate una corda pedal. We tried to be as close as possible to the original instrument, including some small defaults in the bass strings. The instrument suits naturally well for Liszt who loved playing on Erard, but also for bringing out magic moments of the vivid and dreamy impressionism by Debussy and Ravel.
Carl Bechstein, half grand piano (2.1m) serial number 79 676 (1896)
The Carl Bechstein has a strong and transparent character which makes it suitable both for classical masterworks and modern pop music. Here again we tried to reproduce the original character of the instrument and its very particular voicing which carries its own personal history.
François Etienne Blanchet, "Château de Thoiry" harpsichord (1733)
The François Etienne Blanchet, copy by Anthony Gale (Frampton Cotterell, UK, 1993) is a harpsichord with a very delicate sound, inviting for inspiring musical moments from the baroque period representative by great masters such as Scarlatti, Bach and Haydn.
All add-ons are free downloads for Modartt's customers and can be loaded into Pianoteq as preset add-ons. Audio demos are also available.