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October 6, 2003
TORONTO:  In August, Naxos producers Norbert Kraft & Bonnie Silver recorded a unique project with pianist Edmund Battersby, of Bloomington, Indiana.  Battersby played Beethoven's "Diabelli Variations" on both a modern 9 ft. Steinway piano, as well as a reproduction of an 1825 fortepiano by Graf, built by R.J. Regier of Freeport, Maine, U.S.A.    The recording will highlight the vast contrast between the sounds and expressive palettes of the contemporary piano and the piano of Beethoven's day.  Besides the beautiful workmanship of the Regier instrument , its sound quality was simply magical.  The variety of tonal colours among the different registers and its unique modes of expression and subtle dynamics brought surprising dimensions to Beethoven's great music. 
Edmund Battersby
The piano played by Battersby is similar to instruments used in Beethoven's day.

Rob Loomis, early piano technician
Expert early piano technician Rob Loomis prepares the fortepiano for recording sessions in Toronto, Canada.
Edmund Battersby playing Regier piano
Edmund Battersby recording Beethoven's "Diabelli Variations" on a reproduction of an1825 Graf piano.


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