Savannah Music Festival LIVE 402 – Kristian Bezuidenhout on Fortepiano

Original air date: April 24, 2011

In the decade between 1781 and 1791 in Vienna, the preeminent keyboard virtuoso of the day was a young man named Mozart. During the final ten years of his life, Mozart was undeniably the absolute piano star in this music capital, but the keyboard he played was not the same piano that we know and love today. Instead, Mozart played a smaller instrument that emphasized the scale of his writing for medium-sized salons in aristocratic Viennese homes: an instrument known as the fortepiano. Tune in to this episode for an all-Mozart recital by one of today’s most virtuosic fortepiano players, South Africa native Kristian Bezuidenhout.