Hammerklavierkonzert : Yuko Inoue spielt              C.Ph.E.Bach & Beethoven


After 2 years, finally came back again a wonderful music studio & gallery " Gabriele Paqué" in Bonn.  Here always nice to be, there were such a warm and nice enthusiasm, we could perfectly share fantastic music all together.

I am so happy to introduce the review of this concert, written by Miss Gabriele Paqué. Thank you so much for wonderful words and all organising !!

Dear friends of music,

On 17.11.2018 the concert of Yuko Inoue took place, who played works of Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach and Ludwig van Beethoven on a pianoforte (a copy after Stein from 1788). She played the pieces with such ease and visual enthusiasm for the music that she captivated the audience in a flash.
The pianoforte is a forerunner of the "modern" piano, which already had hammerheads and thus gave the pianist for the first time the opportunity to dynamically vary the volume of his playing, as we are used to from today's instruments. However, the construction is much lighter compared to today's instruments, it lacks the heavy metal frame on which the strings are wound, and the light hammer heads are covered with leather instead of felt. Also, the strings are much thinner and thus resemble those of a harpsichord. All this gives the pianoforte a distinctive sound that can best be described as a mixture of today's piano and harpsichord. Especially composers such as Mozart, Haydn and also Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach as well as the young Beethoven played on such instruments, so that such a concert gives the sound ideas of the composer most justice also from a music-historical point of view.
Similar to the harpsichord, the keystroke is extremely light, which on the one hand allows the pianist an insane speed, but on the other hand requires a high degree of technique, especially considering the already mentioned possibilities in the sense of the dynamic regulation of the volume.
Yuko Inoue proved on that day why she did her concert exam with honors (the highest academic qualification for a musician) on this instrument. As difficult as it is to play fast on an instrument: the way these pieces are played distinguishes the best among the best. To play extremely difficult runs and thereby strike the already very sensitive keys only a shade easier or harder, from pianissimo to fortissimo, to work out the individual parts of a piece in such a way that the musical interpretation quickly becomes familiar to an inexperienced ear as well keeping a smile on your lips during these highly complex tasks and living the music for yourself rather than just playing it: this is what characterizes Yuko Inoue as a true master of this instrument!
Thus, the evening turned out to be a great listening pleasure in two ways: by the unfamiliar sound of the pianoforte, as well as by the very successful interpretation of these works, which without a doubt presented to the listener the sound idea of ​​the composers in a very lively way. 

( Hier, Deutsch version https://paque-klavier.de/yuko-inoue-2018/ )