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...