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Canadian virtuoso Angela Hewitt mourns destruction of prized Fazioli piano

Canadian virtuoso Angela Hewitt mourns destruction of prized Fazioli piano”

Hewitt, 61, a Canadian pianist, had finished recording Beethoven's piano variations at a studio in Berlin, where she is making her new album, when she was informed by the specialist movers that the piano had been dropped.

"It's kaputt", Hewitt said in her post, noting that it was the only F278 Fazioli in the world to boast the four-pedal mechanism.

Canadian classical musician Angela Hewitt says she's devastated after her prized Fazioli piano was destroyed during a move.

"I adored this piano", she says. "It happened ten days ago, and has been such a shock to me that I didn't immediately want to share it with the world", she wrote Sunday.

The iron frame was broken, as was much of the structure, lid and case, she said.

Hewitt said her fans will be able to hear that the piano was in top form on the Beethoven Variations CD when it comes out in November.

"It makes no sense, financially or artistically, to rebuild this piano from scratch", Hewitt said.

A unique and beloved piano belonging to Canadian virtuoso Angela Hewitt has been broken beyond fix, after being dropped by specialist instrument movers.

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Angela Hewitt has used the Fazioli piano for all her European recordings since 2003. "It was my best friend, best companion", said Hewitt, who has played with orchestras across the globe.

"The movers of course were mortified", she wrote. In their 35 years of experience, they had never done something like this before. "The Fazioli is good for Bach", he said.

The piano had only recently been equipped with new hammers and strings.

"Imagine how much time (Hewitt) spent with this piano. At least nobody was hurt", she continued.

"These pianos are one of a kind, especially when a professional player who dedicates their whole life to this picks a piano", he said.

Hewitt is not the first to suffer the loss of a valuable instrument in transit. "They have a deep and profound relationship with it. Paolo will probably provide her a wonderful new piano, but it won't be the one she fell in love with".

She told CNN she would not comment further "while the insurance saga is still in motion".

In the meantime, she wrote in closing on Facebook, "I hope my piano will be happy in piano heaven".



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