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    Bach Sonata for violin and Harpsichord, BWV 1014 (VSL an PianoTeq)

    Finally. Ready. Played back solely from Overture with Altiverb 7, Hansa Studio 3.5 m / 3 sec.
    Quite an undertaking taming that T-Rex-like Solo Strings Bundle (VSL). Can you imagine that for the first and second part I needed 3 weeks, exploring the different articulations, setting up a working keyswitch-matrix, writing xml-code for Overture for this matrix.

    You can find all VSL things from the past and present here, Paganini and Bach.

    Maybe you will find some "ugly" phrases, but after having listened to the whole piece numerous times, I must admit that I did a rather good job.

    Enjoy and see you next week,

    Raymond
    [PS The score can be found at IMSLP]

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    Re: Bach Sonata for violin and Harpsichord, BWV 1014 (VSL an PianoTeq)

    Hi Raymond,

    very good recording, very realistic violin play! I can appreciate all the hard work that must have gone into creating this recording, because solo violin is very difficult to make it sound natural.

    One suggestion: during the long sustained violin notes you could add some more "expression", so that the volume does not stay at the same level.

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    Re: Bach Sonata for violin and Harpsichord, BWV 1014 (VSL an PianoTeq)

    Hi Reinhold,

    expressions as in teh Romantic period weren't common practice in those days. Though I amended some long notes. Made a complete new rendering with EWQL harpsichord.... SONAR, Altiverb 7 and more.

    It may be of your interest, read about the baroque german bow.

    http://www.baroquemusic.org/barvlnbo.html

    Quite interesting.

    The Grieg piece will come a bit later.....

    Raymond

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    Re: Bach Sonata for violin and Harpsichord, BWV 1014 (VSL an PianoTeq)

    Thank you very much, Raymond, for sharing this link!

    Is indeed very interesting to read.


    There is another related topic, and that is about the use of vibrato. Conductor Roger Norrington has made a plea for playing music which was composed before 1920 without vibrato.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roger_Norrington
    http://www.theguardian.com/books/200...uardianreview9

    But there are others who do not like his approach:
    http://www.nytimes.com/2008/08/13/ar...anted=all&_r=0
    http://americanbaroqueorchestra.com/...ibrato-please/
    http://www.classicstoday.com/feature...ahlerNinth.pdf

    I am siding here with Norrington: the non-vibrato approach makes sense, and it guides the attention more to musical structure than to lush sound. I did hear his performance of Mahler #9 at the BBC Proms, and I must say I did like it very much. My own rendition of the last movement of this symphony is somewhat inspired by his approach.

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    Re: Bach Sonata for violin and Harpsichord, BWV 1014 (VSL an PianoTeq)

    Interesting articles!! Thank you. There is a lot to learn. Can you imagine playing Bach's Partitas with heavy vibrato? No, it happened on Youtube in a violin contest (price winner!). I am glad that it wasn't possible on a piano. Imagine what happens with the Nocturnes of Chopin or those fresh and sparkling Sonatas of Mozart.

    No, vibrato with a flute is sometimes nice to hear, but completely unnatural as with strings. Maybe a a tiny bit, but not that full virbato one hears today with Brahms, e.a. Besides that Brahms ruined Schubert's Symphonies and a lot more beautiful works. Everything he touched became a Brahms-like piece. It is a pity that sample libraries follow the Parkinson-route. Forgive me, I don't have knowledge of VSL Full Orchestral Strings, they may have some non-vibrato setting.

    So, Norrington or not, changing orchestral seatings, for us MIDI-guys it is just a question of experimenting. Taste can't be discussed. But I like my drinks pure and not shaken.

    Raymond

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