bösendorfer-opus-50000,9'6" Model 290 Imperial, 51" Model 130, Schubert, Strauss, Chopin

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Of all grand pianos, the Imperial model 290, carries the Bosendorfer DNA, Bosendorfer heritage in its most pronounced form. Historically, this grand piano epitomizes the Bosendorfer grand piano of the 19th century. Originally built following a suggestion by composer Ferruccio Busoni, the Imperial has 97 keys, i.e. eight full octaves. This expanded range allows faithful performances of a number of compositions by Bartók, Debussy, Ravel and, not least, Busoni. Combining a very powerful sound-board and a high proportion of sound-spruce from the Fiemme Valley in the South Tyrol, this piano’s sound is almost orchestral.  The Bosendorfer “resonating box principle” which views the entire instrument as a cohesive whole, generates unsurpassed power and a poignantly full tone. Model 290 is our only standard grand piano model to have acquired an epithet when it was first built in around 1900: Imperial (lat. imperare, to order, command).  Its commanding presence in some of the world’s great concert halls sets the standard by which other grand pianos are judged. 0.04188236

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Many people say Bosendorfer’s 130 CL model sounds like a grand piano; many think it is the best upright piano in the world.  Naturally it benefits from all the expertise of their craftsmen just as their grand pianos do. By definition it has all the advantages of an upright piano over a grand piano: it is smaller and needs less space, it is easier to acquire and is more affordable. The precision installation of the mechanics is designed to deliver optimal playability and maximum control without loss of power transmission. Model 130 CL is a tremendously elegant design and its proportions are perfectly balanced. In other words, it is a beauty.  It is probably the easiest way to share the exclusive, world-famous Bosendorfer name. 0.03908207

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Franz Schubert died on 19 November 1828 at the age of 31 and was laid to rest in Vienna beside Ludwig van Beethoven, as he had wished. A few months earlier, Ignaz Bösendorfer had received his license to take over his master Brodmann’s workshop and start producing instruments under his own name. The time at which young Ignaz Bösendorfer was realizing his dreams was an exceptionally rich and sensitive one in terms of music. It also coincided with the period 1815 to 1848, whose style of painting, literature and furniture has been known since the beginning of the 20th century as Biedermeier.  Schubert’s works always revealed an effervescent inventiveness coupled with an inexhaustible richness of melody and harmony.  Created as a homage to this great musician, our Franz Schubert model combines Biedermeier-period and contemporary stylistic elements. 0.03508452

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Viennese musical history and the Bosendorfer piano factory are inextricably linked. Instruments made by Bosendorfer, the imperial and royal supplier of pianos, were owned not only by royalty and the nobility, but also by the great musicians of their day, including Johann Strauss II.  Johann Strauss’s formal title was “court ball director”, but he was more popularly known as the “waltz king”.  With Strauss’s music, the popularity of the Viennese waltz spread rapidly. Austria came to be identified with this music – and still is today. The “Blue Danube”, for instance, composed by Strauss in 1867, is Austria’s unofficial national anthem.  The Johann Strauss model produced by Bösendorfer today is inspired by the instrument on which the great master wrote his compositions, which is still in the Strauss memorial rooms in Vienna.  With this instrument you are acquiring a piece of Viennese musical history. 0.0248085

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“The piano is my second self” declared Frédéric Chopin.  He certainly knew what he was talking about; almost his entire oeuvre was composed for the piano.  To mark the 150th anniversary of Chopin’s death, we created an exclusive masterpiece using the superior technical workmanship for which Bösendorfer pianos are renowned. Many of the lovingly crafted carvings were inspired by pianos on which Chopin played during his tour of England and Scotland in 1848. These beautiful details reflect the care lavished by English piano builders on producing their works of art. The name board of this piano has a hand-engraved plaque in gold-plated solid silver, which features the composer’s signature.  This model is available in a variety of sizes, veneers and finishes. The Chopin model is an investment with a truly unique character. 0.0248085

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