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Chopin "Raindrop Prelude"

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  1. Key88

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    This is in sympathy with the summer weather here in Ireland - lots of rain and overcast skies! :(
    Chopin's Prelude in D flat, so named because of the persistent A flat (G sharp) stream of notes
    is notable for its poetic atmosphere and nightmarish middle section.
    I used Garritan Authorised Steinway for this performance.


    Chopin - Prelude in D Flat Major, Op. 28, No. 15 "Raindrop"
     
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    That is just the way it is supposed to sound. Very nice! It is up on the site.
     
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    Raindrops keep fallin' on me head :)

    A very lovely interpretation of this beautiful Etude. Bravo!
     
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    Ay, beautiful piano. Very pleasant rendition of this prelude. Congrats.

    Would you want to trade places? You can come live here, in Wisconsin, where it is 30.5 degrees Celcius with 60% humidity and not a cloud in the sky.

    It's too hot for me. I'd prefer the emerald isle' anyday.
     
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    I am worried by the mentioning of "Garritan Authorised Steinway". As far as I understand, recordings created with this technology are sequenced rather than performed. I refer to the Garritan
    Stenway demo page on

    http://garritan.com/steinway_demos.html

    where a Chopin Nocturne is listed, sequenced by yourself (but also "played live" ?). We are still trying to 'restrict' PS to real human-fingered performances. Maybe we are fighting a losing battle ...

    Can you elaborate please, Eugene ?
     
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    Hello Chris, the performance of the prelude I posted is totally and completely my performance without any editing or sequencing whatsoever - otherwise I wouldn't have posted it; the phrasing, tempo, articulation (even any wrong notes!) derive from my playing. I played the Authorized Steinway in standalone mode, which means that it is a real-time performance, not to be confused with a sequenced rendition. Put it another way - it is similar to playing on an electronic piano, the only difference is where the sound samples are stored - in this case a PC.
    The Chopin nocturne on the Garritan page is similarly a real performance, not sequenced.
    I understand your concerns and hope clarifies the situation.
     
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    I admit I don't like excess heat - today we have reached around 20 degrees, but last week we were around 16 degrees. We complain over here about the rain - we got an excess of it last summer, and this year looks like repeating the pattern!
    Thanks for your comments on the Prelude.
     
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    I see. Now that I have actually heard it (I cannot listen during office hours) it is indeed a real performance to all intents and purposes. On that website though, it says 'Sequenced by Eugene Dolan'. You may want to have that changed.

    It sounds very good of course, as a Steinway D should. There are one two some missing notes and sometimes the inner notes in chords can't be heard clearly. Wrong notes, I did not spot any.

    So what do you actually play this on then ? Not on a MIDI keyboard I hope ? I would assume one needs at least a very good digital piano with wighted keys, pedals, and the lot ? And you can just choose any of the availble samples you like ?
     
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    Wow, I'm impressed with the emotional depth! The piano is wonderful; I wish I had one like that.

    PS: Speaking of the heat, at my house the temp. is 35C with a heat index of 43C. No running today. :cry:
     
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    I guess they are not so much 'missing' as played but inaudible. This happens to me a lot too, and one must be really alert on it. In many of your chords (viz. the fortissomo sections) the middle notes do not all sound.

    Specific issues:

    Bar 19 - pedal kept too long. Be careful about pedalling, there are blurs here and there.
    Bar 23 - I do not hear the C's in the LH
    Bar 26 - I do not hear the C
    Bar 33 and 39 - You play C# in bottom LH which should be E (at least in Paderewski, FWIW)
    Bar 79 - I do not hear the second C in the LH (you have a problem with C's ? :p )
    Bar 85 - You create a 7/8 bar here by leaving out one raindrop.
     
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    Indeed a very nice interpretation!

    If you want to compare it with another software-piano, you may listen to my recordings on PS (linked in my profile). I use Ivory from Synthogy.

    What keyboard do you use? Mine is a Yamaha Clavinova CLP990.
     
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    Thanks for your appreciation Herald.
    I use a Clavinova CLP930, about 6 years old now.
    I will listen to your recordings and post a follow up.
     

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