I first posted this back in 2005 as a solo harpsichord piece.
Today I augmented (no pun intended) my "Baroquen Promises" with a full complement of "lush" GPO strings. The harpsichord is GPO.
(It actually contains no characteristics of the Baroque period. I guess that I am desperate for titles. )
My best to everyone.
I really enjoyed listening to your piece. I was not around the forums in 2005, and so I did not hear the first recording. The harpsichord part is well written and very exciting to listen to. As Randy says, harpsichord music seems to be in style around the forums, which I, and I'm sure others, are very pleased with.
I like your string parts as well. In my personal opinion, I think the lush strings patch may be a little much. I've been working on this aspect with my own GPO recordings, but I think it is important to match ambiences for the most realistic effect.
The lush strings sound as though it is a full compliment of violins, the size of an orchestral section. The sample itself sounds as if it is heard from out in the hall. The harpsichord samples are very dry and up close, as if you were hearing it from no more than a few feet away.
I would try to use some of the ensemble building techniques that GPO is famous for. You could really do a lot of great things by layering instruments. Something like three seperate first violins, three seconds, three violas, two cellos, and a bass. Then you could set your levels and add an amount of reverb that suited your tastes. Since the individual string samples are more dry and up close, then you could match ambiences with the harpsichord.
The kontakt player 2 version of GPO has a pretty good selection of pre-defined reverb settings, but I don't know whether you have the kontakt player 2 version of GPO, so using whatever you use for sequencing and reverb would be great.
You could also try to add reverb to just the harpsichord, to make it sound further away to match the strings. I don't mean to pry too deep. This is a good piece and I've been on a GPO frenzy lately, so don't be offended by my paragraphs of advice!