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Tchaikovsky - Album for the Young Op.39

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  1. techneut

    techneut Active Member Piano Society Artist

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    I recorded this lovely set in 2007 (didn't even realize it was that long ago). While serviceable, that was not up to current standards. This re-recording is. At least I'm happy with it. Well I was back then, too... but that was then and this is now :)

    Tchaikovsky - Album for the Young Op.39 - 1: Morning Prayer (1:22)
    Tchaikovsky - Album for the Young Op.39 - 2: Winter Morning (2:01)
    Tchaikovsky - Album for the Young Op.39 - 3: The little Horseman (0:46)
    Tchaikovsky - Album for the Young Op.39 - 4: My dear little Mother (1:30)
    Tchaikovsky - Album for the Young Op.39 - 5: Soldiers March (0:56)
    Tchaikovsky - Album for the Young Op.39 - 6: The sick doll (1:53)
    Tchaikovsky - Album for the Young Op.39 - 7: Dolly's Funeral (1:37)
    Tchaikovsky - Album for the Young Op.39 - 8: Waltz (1:18)
    Tchaikovsky - Album for the Young Op.39 - 9: The new Doll (0:58)
    Tchaikovsky - Album for the Young Op.39 - 10: Mazurka (1:15)
    Tchaikovsky - Album for the Young Op.39 - 11: Russian Song (0:48)
    Tchaikovsky - Album for the Young Op.39 - 12: Song of the Peasan (0:48)
    Tchaikovsky - Album for the Young Op.39 - 13: Popular Song (Russian Dance) (0:46)
    Tchaikovsky - Album for the Young Op.39 - 14: Polka (0:59)
    Tchaikovsky - Album for the Young Op.39 - 15: Italian Ditty (0:45)
    Tchaikovsky - Album for the Young Op.39 - 16: Early French Song (1:05)
    Tchaikovsky - Album for the Young Op.39 - 17: German Song (0:54)
    Tchaikovsky - Album for the Young Op.39 - 18: Neapolitan Dance-Tune (1:05)
    Tchaikovsky - Album for the Young Op.39 - 19: Nursery Tale (0:49)
    Tchaikovsky - Album for the Young Op.39 - 20: The Witch (0:46)
    Tchaikovsky - Album for the Young Op.39 - 21: Sweet Reveries (2:30)
    Tchaikovsky - Album for the Young Op.39 - 22: Song of the Lark (1:30)
    Tchaikovsky - Album for the Young Op.39 - 23: The Organ-grinder (0:51)
    Tchaikovsky - Album for the Young Op.39 - 24: At Church (2:53)
     
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    pianolady Monica Hart, Administrator Staff Member Piano Society Artist

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    I listened to about half of these - the one's I know. I don't remember if I commented on your last recordings, but what I listened to today sounded very nice and well-played. The only thing that bugged me a little is that I think you used too much reverb in no.5 "Soldiers March". It's so echo-y that it got little annoying after a while. If I were you I'd redo this one with less reverb, like whatever you used in the Italian piece because it sounds fine on that one.
     
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    Thanks.
    Indeed, this particular reverb gets a bit funny on detached, dry staccato chords, I noticed that before. Not sure what to do about it. I did not want to choose another reverb type. It's an annoying little march anyway :D
     
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    pianolady Monica Hart, Administrator Staff Member Piano Society Artist

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    That's easy...use less! :roll: :p
     
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    Hi Chris!

    I just listened to "Soldier's March", "Sweet Reveries" and "At Church" - all nice and accurately played to my ears.

    With the reverb: often you can adjust the reverb's high frequencies (damping; or some sort of eq): that might help a little with "Soldier's March", apart from the advice that has already been given by Monica...

    At the end of "At Church" you left some time after the piece is over, that's when I realized you can hear a clock ticking - at first I thought it was some pedal-noise. Of course, if you should ever re-record this piece, you would have to sample some big clockwork to reach the right atmosphere - then the recording would fit to the playing ;)

    Best Wishes

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    Thanks for the feedback Jan. I have re-applied the reverb for that Soldiers March, slightly toning down the Total reverb time. Didn't feel like endlessly fiddling with the other parameters. Now it seems a lot better, at least I think it's no longer irritating.

    Tchaikovsky - Album for the Young Op.39 - 5: Soldiers March (0:56)

    Hm, ticking clock... That's bad :D I admit my ears are not the best in terms of picking up very soft or high sounds, and my headphones are the cheapest stuff from the local PC store, but I really could not hear it. It's possible though. Usually I insert silence after a track but here I decided to let it completely die down. It will probably be a one-off.
     
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    Wish I could listen, but I don't have headphones with me currently. Will do so when I'm on the way home later.
     
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    Well, it's a little better than the first version but still a bit too much reverb. Maybe it is just the piece, I dunno... I did not hear a clock, though.
     

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