Wonderful Concert: Sylvia Berry, FortepianoLovely to hear Sylvia Berry this afternoon at The Taylor House in Jamaica Plain. The fortepiano she played was similar to the ones you would have first heard Haydn and Beethoven played on. The special pedals put a piece a fabric between the strings and the hammers to give a muted, creamy effect. In fact, they aren't actually pedals, they are knee-levers. You can't hear the same soft rendition on a modern piano.
Her website is here and she's terrific.