Eben Goresko and Historical Temperaments

Eben Goresko describes and demonstrates historical tunings (temperaments).

Eben Goresko presents a Temperament Recital at the Philadelphia Museum of Art in 2000 where he demonstrates the usefulness and artfulness of tuning modern pianos in historic intonations to augment performances of Beethoven, Chopin, Brahms, Schubert, Bach, Mozart and other so called “equal temperament” composers.

Musical Excerpts and Demonstrations of Equal Temperament Classical Piano compositions performed in Well and Modified Meantone Temperaments.
Eben Goresko presents a Temperament Recital at the Philadelphia Museum of Art in 2000 where he demonstrates the utility and artfulness of tuning modern pianos in Well, Meantone and Pythagorean intonations to improve Beethoven, Chopin, Brahms, Schubert, Bach, Mozart and other so called “equal temperament” composers.

Eben plays in both  historical and non historical temperaments so you can hear the difference! I find it quite marked, and much prefer the historical temperaments.

Chopin’s Funeral March in historical temperament is fantastic!

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2 Responses to Eben Goresko and Historical Temperaments

  1. Elene says:

    This is extremely useful! And it’s impressive that Goresko can not only do the tuning (yikes, that’s a lot of pianos) but can play convincingly. Thank you for posting.

  2. I knew you’d like this Elene! He is really good.I am currently listening to Beethoven’s largo from piano sonata no 7 in D major played on a 1790 Schantz. It is incredible- so so emotive. I can honestly say that this fortepiano is a cut above any playings I have heard of this on modern pianos. The high register is very sweet and bell like, whilst the bass is so rich and deep. What you get here is the contrasts so much more marked- which is what Eben points out- the composers were all trying to maximise contrasts, mood and affect the listener to the maximum! This is what unequal temperaments and fortepianos excel at.

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