We forget that the keyboard music of the Romantics such as Brahms, Chopin and Schumann was written for pianos largely different from the louder and brighter Steinway. And Chopin had a favorite piano, it was a Pleyel.
“There are certain times when I feel more inspired, filled with a strong power that forces me to listen to my inner voice, and when I feel more need than ever for a Pleyel piano.” — Frédéric Chopin
The Pleyel has a darker and more intimate sound. Rich of nuances. Perfect for the music Chopin wrote. And some years ago we had a great piano player who decided to start playing Chopin on historical instruments. His name is Janusz Olejniczak.
Janusz Olejniczak is a polish pianist. He was born on October 2nd, 1952 in Wrocław, and won the Fryderyk Chopin International Competition in Warsaw in 1970 at a very young age.
Olejniczak feels connected to Chopin: “It’s like a bird of paradise, which keeps slipping through your hands. Only occasionally do you succeed in grasping its essence, in getting close to it. It offers limitless possibilities for interpretation, ... so I continually have to try again.”.
Chopin on a 1831 Pleyel. The result is pure magic. It reveals a long forgotten sound.