We have just been to a Sunday morning concert in which Melvyn Tan played two Beethoven piano sonatas – Nos. 21 and 30. Before the second he told the story of how one of his first recordings had been on Beethoven’s piano. Beethoven had acquired a Broadwood piano, which was transported to Vienna and customised by Conrad Graf. After Beethoven’s death, the piano was sold at auction to C.A. Spina, an art dealer and publisher, who in turn gave it to Liszt. Liszt gave it to the National Museum in Budapest. EMI arranged for it to be restored and for Melvyn to play it in concerts across Europe, with recordings in Forde Abbey in Dorset. At night, it was guarded by Interpol. Now it’s back in Budapest. The knowledge that Melvyn had played Beethoven’s piano gave an extra frisson to his performance.