Hi, Marin--Excellent performance, and your simulation of a live concert was effective--I think the reverb could be less and still have the effect, and I like Gunther's idea to add at least a few human sounds like whispering, coughing. A distant cough added at the Start would get the idea across really well--maybe one well placed faint whisper someplace in the middle.
The piano playing was really great though. Were you just having fun with the live concert idea for this recording, or did you need to put this together for a project which demanded the sound effects?
This sounds great - the concert hall sounds make it all the more real. Did you consider a wrong note here or there? Seriously, in a live performance of something this difficult will have a slip or two. Also, the applause could be louder - applause by its percussive nature always sounds very loud, even if there are only a few people in the hall.
Hello again--Ron's reply just came in by auto-mail, and it made me want to say:
--Perceptions and reactions of our audience can vary so widely! We can never arrive at a place where we can predict and control how anyone will react to our work.
Case in point, a minor one, but still interesting--Ron said, "...the applause could be louder..."
!!--The applause is something I didn't comment on earlier. I originally wrote, "...the applause is a bit loud in proportion to the music..." but then cut it out, deciding that thist kind of mixing decision is so arbitary really. Several different choices for mix levels would work.
But isn't that interesting? Ron wants it louder, I'd prefer it softer, and nobody's right!--it's just a matter of our mysterious preferences.
You got a very good impression of a live performance from the point of the reproduction of the piano tone here. In this respect the only thing I would change is to use a bit less reverberation - I feel this would make it even more concvincing.
Interpretation-wise it sounds fine; however the onrush of double octaves at the very end sounds a bit tame - ideally these should be more agitated and faster towards the end -"like an eagle swooping" as Cortot said.
Nevertheless a very worthwhile effort. you have achieved something really worthwhile here.
Adding in the performance noises and audience sounds
does lend an element of realism, marinmarais... it's a
good idea, and perhaps more of us should be experimenting
Working more with the expressive elements of the piano
performance, particularly tempi and dynamics, would also
help to "fool anyone", as you say. And you know, if you
think about it, that is what we all try to do! To make
recordings so close to the sound of real that you cannot
tell the difference.
Not that I am so good at that, myself, yet... lol! I doubt
I would fool anyone but my grandmother, and she's been
dead for years.
Too, the reverb, maybe a little less, as others have said.
I hope you will keep working in this area. Anything that
brings a greater sense of realism is of interest to all.