-Concert in streaming (piano)
“The Salon and the Salonnières”: Works by F. Schubert, Clara Wieck (Schumann), Pauline Garcia Viardot.
-Production of a video-documentary about the piano collection, hosted by Alain Roudier (Artistic Director)
Ad Libitum’s collection includes original instruments dating from the early seventeenth to the late nineteenth century. It offers a detailed illustration of the richest and most inventive period of the piano’s history, as a sound and aesthetic point of view than technical.
These instruments are mostly in playing condition, which makes them very rare examples of a sound heritage whose richness surprises and upsets today. The sound of the piano as we know it today is the result of technical innovations realised both in order to play harder, streamline construction and upgrade from craft production to industrial production. This is probably due to these progresses that the piano has become the king of instruments, but what has been gained in volume and cost of production was lost in acoustic diversity. Each piece in the Ad Libitum’s collection finds its place as a witness of a particular sound personality and a key moment in the history of the piano. With a very high level of restoration, Ad Libitum is today one of the most important collection in Europe.