From Classic to Modern and the launch of Opus 50,000
Bösendorfer Vienna held a special concert to commemorate their 185th birthday on Tuesday, 22nd October 2013. Performers included Paul Badura-Skoda, Valentina Lisitsa, Jan Jiracek von Arnim, Maria Mazo, Carlo Grante, Janoska Ensemble, Marialy Pacheco, Daniel Serafin.
This was also be the official release of their 50,000th special edition model piano, which evokes the interior of the Musikverein, Vienna’s historic concert hall. Like the hall, the instrument is bedecked with gold leaf and caryatids – although the final effect is softly neo-classical, in stark contrast to the recent Bechstein ‘golden grand’ . The piano is a 225 model that sports four extra keys in the bass to contra F. On average a Bösendorfer takes a year to make and special models can take considerably longer. So ‘Opus No 50.000’ did not exactly roll off the production line. (In fact, Mr Kemble revealed that it was only just completed in time for the launch).