I was in the market for solo cello too recently. I went with the VSL solo strings, and I'm very happy with my purchase - it has a good selection of articulations and sounds great. It was my first venture into VSL samples, and I have to say that I'm hooked. I just wish they weren't so expensive... but I guess you get what you pay for.
In my search for info on solo cello samples, I also saw many recommendations for the solo cello in Kirk Hunter Emerald.
the Garritan solo cello is, in its current state of development, controversial to say the least. But it's still not too late for the ugly duckling to mutate into a swan the way the Strad violin has done so admirably. Anyway listen to some of several demos of it dotted around and make up your own mind.
I really would like to listen Garritan Cello solo demos; Please, can you say me where can I found it?
My interest in solo cello is too simple; IT´s not necessary a lot of articulations and other details. I would apreciate a good and real timbre in high frequency range of instrumentent, and real time control of atack, to control legato and portamento.
Have you seen the last show on video of David Gilmor (Pink Floyd) solo??
there was a beautiful cellist in the band. I liked very much.
The use of Cello in Bossa Nova has always astounded me, as it seems to be the perfect "middle voice"/sotto voce for the expression of sensuality and suppleness, especially within the BOSSA genre. The work of Jacques Morelenbaum, with his wife Paula and Japanese composer Ryuichi Sakamoto, immediately comes to mind in this regard. The Dan Dean Solo Cello works okay within a small ensemble context, although I have yet to hear a Solo Cello library that would equate to The Real McCoy: an actual solo, Acoustic Cello. To approximate the true sonorities of a stringed, acoustic instrument within the digital realm is nearly impossible, given the complex array of harmonics to consider, apart from the actual musician him/herself whose legato lines and/or vibrato can vary as equally as that of any professional Opera singer. Hence, it is always best to experiment with different libraries in order to know what works best to fulfill your immediate needs.
Hi "wallabear" I think you´re right about the today´s limitations of eletronics to simulate acoustic sound instruments, and the particular artist performances skills.
But I´m sure; Each day, less limitations prevent my dream to became reality... The Stradvari Violin, by Garritan, is a good example.
I like very much of Jacques Morelembaun works. May be, he is the best Cello player, when talking about Brazilian´s pop music. The fisrt sucess was playing with the Caetano Veloso. Caetano´s music has a lot of diferent styles, included Bossa Nova. Each work is beatiful.
But, Morelembaun, has worked before with a lot of other artists, as Egberto Gismonti, Marco Antonio Araújo ( A brazilian classical/Rock compositor dead a lot years ago), Gal Costa, Maria Bethânia, and recently with Sting.
When he plays the music becames Gold. He is brillant in music arrangement too.
There is another Cellist, that I have been hear...Lui Coimbra...He has played with pop Brazilian music artists: Alceu Valença, Ney MAtogrosso, Zizi Possi.