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Romantic Strings - Bach/Siloti Prelude in b minor arranged for strings

Discussion in 'Member's Compositions' started by muk, Sep 11, 2017.

  1. muk

    muk Senior Member

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    Hello everyone,

    after testing CSSS for solo quartet use I wanted to try their other fortes, which would be the use as first chair and section soloist. So I rearranged Siloti's arrangement of Bach's Prelude in b minor for strings. The sweeping romanticism suits CSSS/CSS very well in my opinion.

    I'm not certain about the first part yet (basically the first 1:30 or so), should I just leave it off? Any comments about the mockup and/or the mixing are most welcome.

    https://app.box.com/s/qeab1jy132kqfy39bp7ru7wbg0rj6ueh

    As always, thanks for listening.
     
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  2. Saxer

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    Sounds wonderful! The repeated 8th-note-figures are quite good (though legato-ostinatos are still one of the main problem areas of string sampling). Well done!
     
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    muk Senior Member

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    Thank you @Saxer

    Legato-ostinato-figures are indeed a stress test for sample libraries, especially solo strings. You just can't beat recording live. But CSSS do better than anything else I have. It doesn't sound completely real, but musical enough to not be distracting for my taste. With my other solo string libraries it would have been an ordeal to program this piece, and the results would probably not have been useable. CSSS is definitely a step forward for me.
     
  4. OleJoergensen

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    It sounds good, a nice arrangement.
    I know the piano version well, my favorit version is Played by the great Sokolov- wonderful.
     
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    muk Senior Member

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    Thank you @OleJoergensen . I like Sokolov's interpretation too, he keeps some of the Bachian spirit. For a more romantic interpretation I like Emil Gilels.
     
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  6. Paul T McGraw

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    Very nicely done. My personal opinion is that you should not cut anything. You did a good job of slowly transitioning the primary focus from the eighth note figure to the other voices. Amazing how well Bach continues to be powerful in all contexts. I would have liked a softer attack for the eighth note figure, especially near the end, but I have no idea if CSS offers attack control. That was a very minor quibble. Great work @muk
     
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    Thanks for listening and sharing your opinion Paul. And thanks for pointing me towards the attack of the ostinato figure, I'll check if I can achieve a more subtle result.
     
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