Thank you to everyone who PM'd or e-mailed me to ask what happened to this thing. I know I haven't posted anything about this for months. It's just that there was too much going on. Spring was unusually busy with gigs and a heavier than usual teaching schedule, and other things. For the sake of my sanity, I had to put a bunch of stuff on hold for a while, and of course they had to be the things I wasn't making money at.
I finally got some breathing space last month, and got back into it. What I'm posting here is a rough mix of the first three and a half minutes of the concerto. Keep in mind that this isn't the final mix yet. There are a few balance issues, but mainly need to work on improving the sound. I've done nothing with EQ or compression yet, and I'm a little hesitant to dive into that. At this point in my life, I think I've gotten orchestration pretty well figured out, but as far as sound engineering goes, I feel like I'm still feeling my way around in the dark. I think I need to listen closely to this several times before I have any idea what to do in this area. In the meantime I welcome any suggestions.
First, here's the full orchestration (the first two minutes or so are solo piano, the orchestra enters later).
Piano Concerto No. 2, part 1, full orchestra (version 1)
Also, to help me zero in on certain issues, I made stems for each section of the orchestra (except timpani, which didn't seem worth the trouble).
Piano Concerto No. 2, part 1, woodwinds only Principal woodwinds are all Westgate, second chairs are GPO.
Piano Concerto No. 2, part 1, brass only Horn 1 is Westgate, Horn 2 is Project SAM, Horns 3 & 4 and both trumpets are from Vienna Kontakt Library.
Piano Concerto No. 2, part 1, strings only I used Vienna Chamber Strings for my main string library, overlaid with the Garritan Strad as concertmaster, and several solo strings from GPO, 2 in each section. I want to use the Garritan Gofriller Cello as principal cello, but I have to order it first, which I will probably do soon. I also want to use the Garritan Pallota Viola as principal viola, but who knows when that will be coming out?
I'll post some of my own thoughts on the sound as soon as I've had time to listen to everything a few times. Meanwhile, I welcome any comments and suggestions.