Since it's come up a couple of times now, I thought it would be fun to compare some live recordings with GPO recordings.
I was finally able to install a little programme to extract part of a CD of my cello sonata.
So I have here the same excerpt, played once by GPO (from within Finale) and once by Marie-Anne Houle (cello) and Tan Trao Phi (piano) from a recording session last summer. This recording is on a CD that also features two wonderful pieces by our own professor Alan Belkin - his cello sonata and "Fantasies and Fugues" for solo piano.
I find that solo string music, particularly music that is as demanding expressively as it is technically, is extremely difficult to render properly from within a notaion programme.
I've had absolutely no trouble what so ever getting wonderfully life-like recordings of all of my woodwind music, or even orchestral scores, from GPO and Finale, but for some reason, solo string pieces, with all the intricacies involved in solo string playing, just doesn't come out that convincingly.
I would be VERY curious to hear someone redo a recording of this piece using the Garritan Gofriller cello, particularly from within Finale 2008. Which is why I am also including the score pages of the excerpt in question in this thread.
So without further ado, here is the Adagio movement (variation 6) from my Sonate opus 31, for cello and piano.
Marie-Anne Houle, a graduate student at Université de Montréal, worked her fingers to the bone learning this extremely demanding virtuoso piece. Unfortunately, the recording for the CD was two months before the actual concert, so the recording isn't quite up to the wonderful performance she gave at the premiere concert.
So here is Finale 2006, with the solo cello 1 KS from full-version GPO
and here are Marie-Anne Houle and Tan Trao Phi from the CD "Violoncelle et piano: musique de chambre de Belkin, Levesque, et Edward"
and the score for those who are curious
The score contains only that single movement.