I liked your first version better than this new 'remastered' version. In this one, especially the first movement, the bass is almost comical-sounding. But I know I hear things different than everybody else, so I have replaced your files here.
Thanks Monica ! Would it be possible to write Allegro moderato, Adagio, Allegro instead of 1st, 2nd and 3rd movement ?
Thank you in advance.
The bass may be a bit more audible now but it's still nowhere near a real voice in the trio. I just don't think this soft-grained and grand-fatherly instrument lends itself for bright and chirpy music like this. It also seems that the bassist is not always in tune.
It's better than it was, anyway.
I like the grand-father image. Curiously, in French we generally call string basses 'Grandmas' (grand-mères
), by reference to a very popular children music piece, written during the '50, and called 'Piccolo et saxo'. In this very nice story, characters are music instruments. Logically, the piccolo is a very young children, and the string bass (which is of feminine gender in French) is a grand-mother. By the way, the music, composed by André Popp, is very good and well orchestrated.
P.S.: Jean-Paul is
a grand-father (like me !), but he plays quite well in tune, as compared to the many bassists I played with...