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    Chopin Nocturne op. 9/2 on Authorized Steinway

    Here is Chopin's most-played Nocturne, op. 9/2 in E flat, performed on the Authorized Steinway in Classic view, using default settings, except polyphony, which is increased to 64 voices.
    Tempo is perhaps a little on the slow side, but I wanted to get as much expression as I could from the new Garritan Steinway, and this is in effect an early test recording, having just installed the product.
    Hope you like this version of a deservedly popular work!

    http://www.box.net/shared/mjy79dtwg0

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    Re: Chopin Nocturne op. 9/2 on Authorized Steinway

    Thanks for posting this favorite! I never tire of hearing this, there is so much room for interpretation. I have just recently set-up the Steinway myself and am experimenting with the various perspectives and settings. This one sounds very nice. Regards, John

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    Nicely done, Eugene. It certainly has a different flavo(u)r when heard at this tempo. But your touch is exquisite for this interpretation.

    Did you record this from the standalone version? Or what program did you use for recording? Just curious.
    Jerry
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    Re: Chopin Nocturne op. 9/2 on Authorized Steinway

    Hi Eugene,

    Very, very nice! This is a wonderfully gentle interpretation of a classic, while casting Gary's newest piano in a most convincing light.

    There are lots of recordings where much more is made of the printed dynamics, but I find this quieter approach equally valid, maybe more so, nocturne-ally speaking. Likewise certain phrasing might be brought out a little more, but then perhaps some of the gentleness would be lost.

    The only improvement I can recommend would be the R.H. grace notes in measures 8, 22, & 27. To my ears, they don't sound like grace notes. These tones need to be noticeably softer than the preceding same-pitched note, and also shorter in duration, closer in time to the following principal tone.

    The trills are exquisite! How did you produce this--found midi, notation, real-time?

    Regards,
    Darwin

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    Re: Chopin Nocturne op. 9/2 on Authorized Steinway

    Excellent work, Lad! I enjoyed your interpretation of this Chopin masterpiece.

    The piano sounds wonderful!

    Best regards,

    Larry
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    Re: Chopin Nocturne op. 9/2 on Authorized Steinway

    Thanks all for your appreciative feedback.
    The performance of the Nocturne was recorded using the record feature built in to the standalone Authorized Steinway, which sends it straight to a wav file, which I later converted to mp3 - so what you hear is exactly the way I played it!
    It's fascinating experementing with the various perspectives.

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    Re: Chopin Nocturne op. 9/2 on Authorized Steinway

    My harddisk broke down a few months ago and I haven't had a chance to rip my cd's at home again. Now atleast I have one song less I'm missing, great great version!

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    Re: Chopin Nocturne op. 9/2 on Authorized Steinway

    Lovely job, Eugene, with this gentler interpretation of
    9/2. I like your take on this -- there's a certain shade
    of melancholy to the piece that is too often lost in a
    more aggressive intepretation.

    Isn't the color and clarity in the upper register something?

    My best,



    David
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    Re: Chopin Nocturne op. 9/2 on Authorized Steinway

    [quote=etLux;567051] I like your take on this -- there's a certain shade
    of melancholy to the piece that is too often lost in a
    more aggressive intepretation.

    Isn't the color and clarity in the upper register something?
    My best,
    David
    /quote]
    Yes David the upper register is indeed superb, as are in their own way the mid and bass end! Glad you like my more reflective take - after years of playing I have come round to this interpretation.

    Sleutelbos - sorry to hear about your HDD problem - glad you liked my version.

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    Now, that's a true Nocturne! I enjoyed this interpretation, and a fine way to let the Steinway sing out. OK, now I've GOT to get me one of those!

    Thanks for sharing this.
    Owen

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