Bösendorfer Grand Piano 290 Imperial

Impressive Sound, Imposing Appearance

Vienna, 1909

The Italian composer, conductor and pianist Ferruccio Busoni meticulously transcribes the famous organ works of J.S. Bach. He soon realizes that he requires additional bass notes in order to do Bach’s masterpieces and the immersive sound of 16 to 32 feet bass pipes found in an organ justice. Ludwig Bösendorfer is ready to take on the challenge and builds the first prototype having full 8 octaves in tonal range. Not only Busoni starts to appreciate the exceptional qualities of the – later coined – Imperial Concert Grand: Bartók, Debussy and Ravel compose further works to exploit the tremendous resonance of this very instrument. These oeuvres can only played and interpreted as they were meant to on this Concert Grand. Evoking an extraordinary sound – sonorous and rich in expression and resonance – the timbre of the Imperial Grand seems to be orchestral. The additional deeper bass notes resonate with every key you strike and the massive soundboard supports the projection of any frequency. Ludwig Bösendorfer’s Imperial still to this day represents the precious heritage of the Bösendorfer piano manufacture. Impressive in sound, imposing in appearance.

 

 

Description

Bösendorfer ranks among the world’s oldest and most prestigious piano manufacturers. Rich in tradition and world-famous for their intricate hand-craftsmanship, high quality instruments and unmistakably inspiring sound, they have been refining the art of Viennese piano-making since 1828.

Thriving in the epicenter of European culture, Bösendorfer has uniquely been able to experience and absorb the influences of Viennese culture. Vienna has been the major center of the arts in Europe for over 500 years, making it a destination for great musicians and artists, and resulting in fantastic architecture throughout the city. More importantly, Vienna has been a destination, inspiration and home to many famous musicians and composers—including Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert, Brahms, Bruckner, Mahler, Liszt, Strauss and Schönberg…to name a few. The influence of Viennese architecture, as well as these renowned artists and musicians is prevalent in the design and sound of Bösendorfer’s pianos.

Building a Bösendorfer is a labor of love. Dedicated craftsmen have passed their traditions and skills down from generation to generation, and as such have continued to perfect the beautiful design, sound and quality that make a Bösendorfer piano truly unique. Within every Bösendorfer piano lies not only more than a full year’s work, but also the knowledge that has been passed down and refined since the company’s founding. Every Bösendorfer piano is special, built with care, devotion and professionalism—”The Bösendorfer among the grands.”

Characteristics:

  • Traditional Imperial Design with ultimate bass range
  • Concert Grand action geometry guarantees optimal play and controllability
  • Independent Capo d’Astro for perfect adjustment in the descant registry
  • Sophisticated processing of European raw materials exclusively
  • Resonance body out of Austrian spruce resonance wood
  • Hand spun Bösendorfer bass strings
  • Handcrafted in Austria
  • Single stringing
  • 3 pedals

Specifications:

  • Length 9’6″
  • Width 5’6″
  • Weight 1217lbs
  • 97 Keys

Optional:

  • Chrome finish
  • Individual customization of selected veneers, colors and finishes

“I am never satisfied with mere perfection. It is uniqueness that I seek. Bösendorfer gives me a unique voice, unique palette of musical colours, unique tools to achieve my vision. From the most intimate recording studio to majestic spans of Royal Albert Hall – Bösendorfer is my ultimate choice.”
Valentina Lisitsa