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Franz Schubert, D328, Der Erlkönig

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  1. musicusblau

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    "Der Erlkönig" is a well-known ballad by J. W. v. Goethe and it´s not necessary to mention, that the musical version by Schubert is at least famous as the text by Goethe.
    We choosed a not too fast tempo at the beginning for to have a bit of space for an accelerando at the end. This song actually is like a "mini-opera", with three different characters and a speaker, and I think, Tatjana has tried to bring these characters out as well as possible.
    This lied by Schubert is one of my absolute favorites and I´m so happy to have the opportunity to perform it. (This recording for us is a preliminary practice for a little performance we will have in our school soon, btw.)
    We actually were a bit "out of breath" after each take :wink: , but we had and we still have a lot of fun to do it. :)

    Tatjana has put some nice pictures to the video on my YouTube-channel:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GO0SZbGqGMM

    Here is the link to the mp3-file (Franz Schubert, D328, Der Erlkönig, performed by Tatjana Steinke, voice, and Andreas Pfaul, piano):
    https://d19bhbirxx14bg.cloudfront.net/S ... teinke.mp3

    And last but not least a small special remark for Didier:
    I have recorded this song with Reaper and I have used exactly the settings you have used in your edition of my "Ganymed"-recording (see my Ganymed-thread, please). So there are different levels of gain and panorama on each the left and right channel. After that I have made a mixture of the the voice- and the piano-track, though I don´t know, if this still was necessary. What do you think? See also my recordings of "Frühlingstraum" and "Gefrorene Tränen" here in the forum, please. There I have used another recording technique, which I explain in the thread itself.
     
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    Absolute masterwork ! What a drama ... Very engaged performance ! Congrats ! :D

    About the sound: in my opinion, better than your first trial but I would like still the voice being more forefront. You can get this with different reverb settings for piano and voice.
     
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    Thanks for your quick reply! :D I´m glad you like our perforance! Yes, I also would like to have the voice being mor forefront. I will try different reverb settings for the voice and the piano track next time.
     
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    Hi Andreas,

    Germany is so rich in its many lieder as well as their traditions and practice performances. Excellent!

    Thanks for sharing these fine examples.

    David
     
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    Hi David,
    thank you very much for listening and for your praise! I´m happy you could enjoy it! :D
    Yes, the Lieder by Schubert are a rich treasure, which I love from the bottom of my heart!
    I think, there will follow more Lieder with Tatjana, but also with Michael. We plan to complete the "Winterreise" one nice day. We will see...

    Best regards
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    Thanks to Richard, Monica and Chris for to have given me the possibility to link my own uploads to the mainsite myself! I´m very glad about this and I have tried it now the first time (which was quite confusing, btw, but I think, I have got it now) and hope, all works well with the links. If not so, tell it to me, please.
     
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    Very nice. The timbre of the singer's voice suits the musical content. I think you did well with the repeated octaves as well, no obvious sign of fatigue!
     
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    Hi Andrew,
    thanks for the praise. I'm glad one does not realize any fatigue at the end. The always continuing tone repetitions are not so easy for me, because I have a quite small hand. So this lied is one of the most demanding for me. It actually means much to me to be able to play it.
     
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    Bravo! Perfect balance of sound, musicianship, and drive throughout. This is a very captivating performance - full of color, mood, dynamics, and that driving rhythm is truly magnificent. ~George
     
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    Thank you very much, George! This praise means a lot to me! :D
    By the way, I see right now, you have joined PS only some month later than me in 2008, so we seem to be of the "same generation" here. :wink:
     

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