EDITED message (2008-june-23)
I am "doing" the STRAD on my own. Last year I presented this piece with the help of Randy Bowser, our "Dorian" guy. Now I did it all over again as a prelude to some other violin pieces I'd planned to write. The STRAD was the hardest to do. After more than 45 takes in Sonar, the majority involved getting the STRAD really sing, I think I've finished the piece.
The piece is dedicated to my wife as a present for our 40-th wedding anniversary last year. Now, that she is on holiday in Spain with her girl friend, I've found the time to do it. For the purpose of comparison, here are the two files. Take-2 was the original, with the help of Randy, and take-3 is mine.
Romance for violin and orchestra - new recording
(Score also present - made with Mozart Notation program)
There is only one note I am not quite happy about, you will hear it for sure, but I can't get it better. Somehow Sonar made it a bit obscure (as if the player holds the bow a bit tilted), or is it the way the player (or of course, the script) is handling it.
For the performance, I checked my collection of violin concertos on CD, from Bach, via Mozart, Brahms, Paganini to Tschaikovsky. All played by different soloists and they all apply different bowing, using vibrato, doing portato, spiccato, etc. I made a mix of those, as far as one can mix the ideas of performances by professional violonists.
I''ll hope you agree with me, that the 2nd version (take3) is better in general, enjoy the music,
[BTW as far as I can remember take-2 had only the Ambience as reverb, now I did the various instruments with Lexicon/ Ambiences/ 1960-front]
PS. While you all were asleep, I moderated the vibrato of the solo STRAD, added some volume too, increased the presence of the celli and contrabasses and some other minor changes. It is recorded under ...-take4.