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 Bösendorfer “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.
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