Movers Destroy Canadian Virtuoso Angela Hewitt's $250000 Piano

Movers Destroy Canadian Virtuoso Angela Hewitt's $250000 Piano

In a Berlin recording studio, on a grand piano stretching more than nine feet long, Angela Hewitt wrapped up her latest set of Beethoven pieces for a forthcoming CD and headed to the control room to hear from the producer.

In the meantime, Hewitt will be dealing with the "insurance saga, and then I can choose a new one in Sacile when Mr. Fazioli has three of them ready for me".

"The movers of course were mortified", she wrote.

'I adored this piano. Fazioli and his staff, is not salvageable, ' she said, adding that the iron frame is broken.

All of her European recordings since 2003 were performed on her Fazioli F278 concert grand piano, which was the only one in the world to have four pedals.

She brought the piano to its maker in Italy, Paolo Fazioli, who said that the instrument could not be saved.

Hewitt, lauded as the pre-eminent player of Bach and described by The Telegraph as contributing "something special to Bach's iridescent kaleidoscope of musical invention", said her final recording would be a tribute to the lost piano.

Hewitt said: 'It makes no sense, financially or artistically, to rebuild this piano from scratch. "In 35 years of doing their job, this had never happened before", Hewitt wrote on Facebook.

Hewitt said it could be several months before she receives a new piano.

"I couldn't believe it", she wrote. "It was my best friend, best companion".

A spokeswoman for Fazioli Pianos told CNN the company could not comment further because of a "strict internal rule" on protecting clients' privacy.

The 1,300-lb. instrument was dropped as the movers tried to lift it onto a trolley - and the fall was so powerful that it split the piano's lid in half, according to The Guardian. "The Fazioli is good for Bach", he said. Her prized Fazioli piano, she said, had just had new hammers and strings installed ahead of the production.

The president of Showcase Pianos, which has two locations in B.C., said Fazioli is the preferred brand of some of the world's top musicians, including jazz great Herbie Hancock.

"Indeed, her instrument was the only existing one with this peculiarity", wrote Turrin: "This represents a huge loss for Mrs. Hewitt".

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