The CEUS project
The CEUS project
This extraordinary recording event took place during March 2007 at veteran pianist Paul Badura-Skoda's recording studio in Vienna. It's extraordinary because the artists being recorded on a 2006 Bösendorfer Imperial grand piano were all deceased, having recorded their art on Ampico reproducing piano rolls. Instead of actual rolls, MIDI files (available on this website) were used to play the instrument, which was fitted with Bösendorfer's computerised MIDI mechanical player system, called the CEUS.

The result is a set of 12 CDs of classical works involving 62 concert pianists playing 166 works by 46 composers. A CD with 18 tracks of Gershwin's music was also recorded.

The exceptional capability of the Bösendorfer instrument has brought these historic performances to new highs, hence our claim
Ampico rolls as you have never heard them.
Bosendorfer Imperial as used in these recordings
CEUS player system making waves on a keyboard
 
All 190 MIDI files used in the CEUS project recordings. Includes all CD booklets, images and extra information. Click on image to purchase.
CEUS MIDI files
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Five excerpts:
1.  Magic Fire Music (Wagner) Rybner;
2. The Erlking (Schubert) Loesser;
3.  Rhapsodie d'Auvergne (Saint-Saëns) Brailowsky;
4. Appassionata 1st mov
(Beethoven) Levitzki;
5. Floods of Spring (Rachmaninoff) Suskind [Total time 3:15]
Click to listen to a sample of five tracks from the CEUS CD series
Photos of some of the pianists in the series
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CDs and individual tracks are available from the Naxos MusicLibrary online service.
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CDs are available from this website as a download which includes comprehensive booklet notes and all artwork.