Today, I attended a performance of Rachmaninoff’s Second Piano Concerto. I noticed that the piano was mostly inaudible in the beginning of the first movement, the climax (before the March section), and some of the third movement as well.
The piano was a model D Steinway, supposedly one of the best pianos available in the market, and even it was inaudible in the first theme of the concerto. I wouldn’t want to sacrifice the power of the orchestra for audibility for the piano, but it would be nice to have a more powerful piano.
Q: are there pianos that are louder or bigger or just generally beefier than the Steinway Model D? Perhaps by other lesser known manufacturers? Would such a piano even be a good and profitable product? For example the Bösendorfer Imperial is about half a foot longer than the Steinway. Would it be louder? And why don’t piano manufacturers make, say, 10 foot or 11 foot long pianos?