A gorgeous rendition of this. Thank you for a beautiful
addition to my afternoon.
As you say, it takes a little time to get it "just right"
with the G.Steinway (though far, far less than any
other samples I've used, I must note)... but when
you get there? It's piano heaven. There's just nothing
like this, anywhere, for any price.
Well done! By gosh, I do think I even spent a tear
Gosh... Shucks ..... thanks. It's only a first attempt, mind you. I'm sure I can do better. I KNOW I can do better.... musically and fidelity-wise. The notes are there (with I confess much midi correction). But I'm not pleased at all with some of the tempo adjustments. Too fast in places.
But thanks for the positive feedback. And sure, Gary, if you think you can use it, go ahead.
A note for the Brahms purists out there... if there are any. Yes, the rubato is extreme and I take some ridiculous liberties with the bass line in places. But the piano sample seemed to allow it, or should I say, demand it.
It's interesting how different samples have different strengths and, of course, certain "traps," for the unwary. This is, for me, so obviously the very best piano on the market right now, not because it isn't demanding to use... it is.... but because every range is totally available. Just not so with other samples, I'm afraid. I've always finding myself having, more than anything else, to restrict the velocity range of other piano samples out there on the market, basically to make them sound "real." That may have something to do with the velocity curve-hyping of these samples.
Not the case with this sample. In fact, the opposite. It's very true to the instrument's actual velocity/timbre characteristics. Perhaps that is why there is none of the incipient "tinnyness," for want of a better term, that seems always to creep into Steinway samples. Steinway samples seem to me particularly prone to it. "Truth of timbre" is what (for me) makes this sample so much more REAL than the other samples out there, even at the extreme ends of the velocity curve.
Such a great piece. The rubato was superb - I lived with this piece for many years, and I heartily agree/approve (not that you need my approval...). The imitation in the B section came out beautifully - the balance was excellent. This was a very personal performance, and a very moving one, as well.
And sure, Gary, if you think you can use it, go ahead.
We'll put it up soon. If I recall this is the Intermezzo in A from Klavierstucke (Six Piano Pieces)?
I like your interpretation, especially the rubato. Very nice touch. And I appreciate the kind words about the Steinway. Becoming intimate with an instrument is important. I have found that real pianos also have their strengths and traps as well and one often plays to the strengths.
After three years of focusing on the details this project it is rewarding to hear some of the music, like yours and others in the Listening Room, being made with the library.