I thought I\'d post this to see what others think:
In KEYBOARD magazine this month, in the article on the creation of the EWQLSO, Nick Phoenix states that
\"..Cellists in American orchestras tend to play in the upper register really well. Consequently, we have an extra octave on the cellos that other libraries don\'t have..\"
This sounds like a load of b.s. to me, and I once knew a czech cellist who played fabulously, covering a range on the cello that would put NP\'s statement to shame.
I know too, that in the 50\'s and 60\'s it was not uncommon in t.v. show music, to just score for cellos alone and have them play up into the higher ranges to save money on a string section. They could get a larger section sound for the same money by exploiting the wide range of the cellos. Some modern classical composers even wrote entire works for just cellos.
I like to write for the cellos in their high, somewhat strained range to impart a tension or emotion to a part, so it would be nice to have true multisamples in the high range instead of stretched samples like the old AO.
But what about it? DO American cellists play higher, and how does this compare to the cello ranges in GPO? They sound fine to me, but are we, as Nick Phoenix says, missing an octave off the top of the cellos? Gary? Anyone?