R Kassman

Fazioli
Fazioli

Fazioli is a boutique piano company that is making waves in the industry with a unique sound and concept. An expensive instrument, miraculously engineered and made with only the finest materials and components, the Fazioli has set new industry standards for elegance. Each instrument is expertly prepared, and tested in the company's concert hall prior to shipment from the factory in Italy. It is really quite easy for the technician to attend to these pianos in concert situations; they have few quirks and are extremely stable, rugged, and reliable.

The Fazioli tone is clear, pure, and profound, the midsection is rich, and every treble note up to the last is full, balanced, and sonorous. But compared to makes such as Steinway and Mason & Hamlin, the Fazioli sound is relatively lacking in tonal color. Many artists who enjoy performing on Faziolis praise having a "clean slate" to work with, especially when playing Bach and other composers whose music demands a purer tone. Yet, miraculously, for music requiring greater coloration, it is still possible for the more advanced pianist to create such colors on the Fazioli—or at least a perception of these colors—seemingly out of thin air, through the expert management of touch, pedaling, and timing.

— Arlan Harris

A famous European piano maker once remarked, "A Fazioli is a Steinway on steroids." That statement sums up my own feelings and experience with Fazioli. If you combine all of the positive attributes of the New York and Hamburg Steinways in the design of a new piano, then add an owner, head designer, and small production staff dedicated to building exactly to that design, you have the essence of a Fazioli. Fazioli pianos are finely crafted, hold up very well over the years, and one day will be excellent candidates for rebuilding owing to their original integrity and resale value. Extremely well built, the Fazioli piano is solid in every way.

— Ed Whitting

Feurich
Feurich

With an output of fewer than 20 pianos a year, Feurich is possibly Europe's smallest maker, with a long, proud history of handcrafted instruments. Playing a Feurich produces the uncanny feeling that the hand is somehow connected directly to the music—rather like the piano version of a Porsche: fast, positive, and responsive. The tone is very large and rather "open" compared to the more "covered" sound of a Steinway or Blüthner. The dynamic range is huge, the tonal palette rich and varied, and the sustain long and strong in the melody section. In my experience, the touch weight is a tad higher than in comparable pianos, but this may be deemed necessary to match the quickness of response—a lighter action might be too easy to overplay.

— Steve Pearson

 

SPRING 2010 -- page 84

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