For his new album  Four Pianos, the pianist Alexander Melnikov plays four different historic pianos for each of the four works he plays – Schubert’s  Wanderer-Fantasie, Chopin’s  Douze Études, Liszt’s Grande Fantaisie, and Stravinsky’s Trois Mouvements de Pétrouchka.

Alexander Melnikov. Photo © Julien Mignot

What was the inspiration for the project? Was it primarily the instruments, or was it the works?

I have long been fascinated by historical pianos. While exploring the possibilities of some of them, it seemed...

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