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    The Concerto Project - Part 2b

    I've just uploaded another in a series of tryout passages done as studies for a planned mockup of my Second Piano Concerto. Here is:

    Part 2b (GOS, SAM, GPO, etc.) This is a mock-up of the first orchestral entrance, which follows an extended piano solo. The solo piano is the PMI Bosendorfer (played from a MIDI file recorded by my wife Martha, for whom the concerto was written). Woodwinds are GPO, brass and timpani are Project SAM, and strings are a mixture of GOS and GPO layered with some chamber strings from Kirk Hunter's Virtuoso Strings (mainly in the marcato passages).

    For comparison, here is Part 2a. This was done with the PMI Bosendorfer as the solo piano, and the orchestral parts were done entirely with GPO. (Part 1 was just the opening passage of the concerto).

    I"m still trying different things out, and will soon post yet another version of the same passage realized with EWQLSO Gold. Meanwhile, I'd love to hear any comments or suggestions.
    Dan Powers
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    Re: The Concerto Project - Part 2b

    Gorgeous!

    David
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    Great. Only too short :-)

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    What a wonderful piece. !!!!
    I like the sound of the Marcato strings. The strings at 1.07 - 1.08 sound a little bit over-vibratoed though.
    The Brass sounds sensational. !!!

    I cant wait to hear the whole Movement. !!!

    regards Joe

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    Re: The Concerto Project - Part 2b

    Thanks, all. I like how the SAM brass blend with the Garritan stuff. (I think there are a couple of places where I used a marcato articulation, where a stacatto might have worked better. I'll revisit it later.)

    I also liked working with GOS, once I dealt with problems importing it into Kontakt 2. Since GOS2 and some SAM brass are to be included with GPOA, I wonder if I should hold off continuing on this until GPOA is released? I'm only trying stuff out right now, anyway, and once I finish a few more tryout projects, I plan to go back to square one and start fresh. Hopefully GPOA will be available by then.

    (I'm also curious to find out how the new Westgate woodwinds will sound in this.)
    Dan Powers
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    Re: The Concerto Project - Part 2b

    Quote Originally Posted by danpowers
    Thanks, all. I like how the SAM brass blend with the Garritan stuff. (I think there are a couple of places where I used a marcato articulation, where a stacatto might have worked better. I'll revisit it later.)

    I also liked working with GOS, once I dealt with problems importing it into Kontakt 2. Since GOS2 and some SAM brass are to be included with GPOA, I wonder if I should hold off continuing on this until GPOA is released? I'm only trying stuff out right now, anyway, and once I finish a few more tryout projects, I plan to go back to square one and start fresh. Hopefully GPOA will be available by then.

    (I'm also curious to find out how the new Westgate woodwinds will sound in this.)
    Certainly the difference between the strings and brass in the two versions is very striking. I find myself wondering why the brass is so drastically different. The GPO version sounds like individual instruments, though very accurate. The SAM brass sounds like something else altogether. Larger section, more ambience? I can't tell for sure what it is, but I sure like how it sounds in this piece. The strings are obviously thicker and more articulate. Together they bring the sound quality up several notches, though the GPO version is obviously nothing to be ashamed of. I would liken the difference between the two recordings to the difference between a pretty good recording of a smaller orchestra to an expertly recorded larger orchestra. They both sound very real, just different.

    Look forward to hearing the EWQLSO Gold version, as this was a package I seriously considered at one time.

    As for the concerto itself, I absolutely love it and hope to hear more soon!

    Jon

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    This piece is awesome!
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    Wow.. this was incredibly impressive.!

    Artistically, and technically.

    Fantastic work!

    ~jeff

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    Wowzer! Waiting for some more.
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    Re: The Concerto Project - Part 2b

    Quote Originally Posted by jcbryson1
    ...I find myself wondering why the brass is so drastically different. The GPO version sounds like individual instruments, though very accurate. The SAM brass sounds like something else altogether. Larger section, more ambience? I can't tell for sure what it is, but I sure like how it sounds in this piece...
    Part of it is probably that I used the same horn for all 4 horn parts, namely the solo horn from SAM Solo sessions. I like the sound of it, but I wonder if a better section sound would result from combining several different solo horns. I know that the SAM horn and the EWQLSO horn combine very well, and I suspect that I could also combine both of them with a couple of GPO horns. That's another thing I intend to experiment with before I'm done.

    Thanks again for all your comments and suggestions.
    Dan Powers
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