BESPOKE FOR BROADWOOD
An intimate concert in West Road Concert Hall, for Cambridge Early Music : David Owen Norris playing on his 1828 Broadwood Grand Pianoforte Mendelssohn’s Sonata in E Op. 6 and Rondo Caprichoso along with Sterndale’s Sonata Op. 46.
For the first thirty years or so of the nineteenth century, Broadwoods sawed their wooden sustaining pedals in two, the right-hand half raising the dampers from middle C up, and the left-hand half raising the dampers from middle B down. Mendelssohn and Sterndale Bennett were just two of many composers who took advantage of this potent device.
David Owen Norris’s Broadwood pianoforte displays all these devices to perfection.