"The Viennese piano allows the performer to impart to his execution every possible degree of light and shade, speaks clearly and promptly, and has a round, fluty tone."
The early romantic collective
The Early Romantic Collective is a new ensemble of performers and researchers who are interested in the historical performance practice of the early romantic period. Focussing on Chris Maene's c. 1817 Graf copy at the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music, the Early Romantic Collective seeks to uncover and resurrect extinct performance practices of the early nineteenth century in vocal and chamber performances of the works of Hummel, Beethoven, Weber, Spohr, Schubert, Moscheles, Clementi and others. Under the guidance of fortepianist Erin Helyard, the group includes baritone David Greco, flautist Melissa Farrow, cellist Josephine Vains, violinist Zoe Black and other renowned Australian performers.