Bluthner Grand piano Ebonized
Grand piano by Bluthner with Black ebonized case serial number 59375 year 1901 . 88 Note plastic keys at a length of 195 cm long
Numerous royals, composers, conductors, artists, authors and performers have owned Blüthner pianos. They include Willhelm II, Emperor Franz Joseph I, Johannes Brahms, Gustav Mahler, Liberace, Béla Bartók, Claude Debussy, George Formby, Dodie Smith, Max Reger, Richard Wagner, Johann Strauss, Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, Dmitri Shostakovich, Petronel Malan. Sergei Rachmaninoff commented that “There are only two things which I took with me on my way to America…my wife and my precious Blüthner”.
In 2012 American pianist Pierce Kagari Emata recorded a CD of eclectic works, “From the Hands to the Heart,” on a Blüthner Model 1, which included the recording world premiere of Cuban-American composer Michael Dalmau Colina’s Sestina Mutations.
In 2017 Indonesian pianist and composer Ananda Sukarlan recorded a CD of his own music with a Blüthner. This CD, “Love & Variations” consists of his piano solo works and works for voice and piano, sung by soprano Mariska Setiawan.
Blüthners have been used in popular music, as well. One Blüthner piano owned by the Abbey Road Studios in London was used on some tracks of The Beatles’ Let It Be (1970) album, most notably, in the hits “Let It Be” and “The Long and Winding Road”. Blüthners were also used in the films Gaslight (1944) and The Sting (1973), and one was played by Hannibal Lecter in the movie Hannibal. Another, a stunt piano, was destroyed in Iron Man (2008). A Blüthner piano also appears in the 2004 Cole Porter biopic De-Lovely in the Venice apartment scenes.