Quite lush! A bit more reverb might glue things together, and you could use the legato tool more often, especially where the instruments are exposed (such as the clarinet solo in the beginning), but the feel of the whole piece is well, romantic, and dynamic. Thanks for "programming" and sharing this lovely piece of music.
I did use the legato tool (cc64), but mainly in certain string passages. I also used the Concert Hall preset for reverb (I think from KP2) in Perfect Space. Lushness is certainly the feeling I was after, so I'm pleased that came across to you.
Interesting you should present this movement from Rachmaninov's second symphony, I borrowed a friends copy just the other week. The work had a strong and near character-forming affect on me in my adolescence. You did a fine job with this Jack, I enjoyed it very much!
Thank you, sd cisco
Thanks for dropping by, sd cisco, and for your comments. I did have a large hard cover book containing a number of symphonies, including this one, but the print was too small for these aging eyes. So, I went to http://www.sheetmusicarchive.net/ where they have a vast collection. There is an annual fee ($30.00), but you can download as much as you want.
I have listened to a number of your interesting pieces. I thought the music accompanying the visuals of the demonstrations in Teheran was very effective. I have also found many of your comments interesting and informative.
It's difficult to compare, but I'd say the reverb is a bit room-like, whereas normal orchestra recordings have a larger space. The clarinet solo does sound more glued, but perhaps that's my imagination. Anyway, it's a great piece of music.
BTW, today is Sept. 14, something your mp3 page also says...
Nice work on this.
As I listened, I had the following thoughts:
World Peace should adopt this music of serenity;
The music doesn't really sound Russian;
Only the clarinet didn't have full clarity of tone;
long tones and moving lines were equal in volume.
It reminded me of a statement about Sergi Prokoviev & Rachmaninoff.
Rachmananov was apparently tall & handsome & Prokiev was short & not so handsome. This affected their popularity in the US.