The program with a fortepianist Viviana Sofronitsky is presented on two modern copies of surviving examples of the most famous fortepiano makers of Chopin‘s time: C. Graf, 1819 and I.Pleyel, 1830. Graf was preferred by Chopin when he first performed in Vienna. The sophistication and sonority of Pleyel, Chopin‘s favorite from the time he moved to Paris, moved Chopin to write to his best friend Tytus Woyciechowski: ‘‘Pleyel's piano are 'non plus ultra'. The copies were built by the renowned fortepiano builder Paul McNulty.
Introduction et Polonaise Brilliante in C major op.3 for violoncello