Wow, what a conicidence
- both us submitting a recording played on two instruments on the same day
I think you are right that the bass works wells with this music. Very nice! I have processed the file and put the link here.
I will update the main site tomorrow.
edit: it is up now.
Thank you Monica ! Well, the difference between us is that I am absolutely unable to play the bass part, while you did so well for your flute part...
Well done ! Yes that combination works well, the string bass rather like a continuo part. IMHO this could be played with a bit more depth and feeling, it sounds a bit too brisk and matter-of-factly (though that is a matter of taste). Personally I find repeating the theme an octave higher a bit corny and un-Bachian (also a matter of taste, probably).
Thanks Chris for your comments. If depth means slow, I agree that our version can lack depth. Otherwise, I tried, on the contrary, to play with weight (especially on the RH part) with a singing left part. But I agree our tempo is strict, unlike some romantic versions of the Busoni's transcription. Personnaly I think there is no reason to alter the tempo in such a piece. It is not at all a recitative, but a choral, as we can find many in the cantatas or in the passions. As for the octaves, it's a way both to introduce variety between different sections, and to display the soprano part (remember we cannot change registration in piano !). Now, if you don't like it, you don't like it...
I like the idea of taking organ repertoire, splitting off the pedal line, and giving it to a separate bass instrument, leaving the manualiter lines to an ordinary single-keyboard instrument.
However, translating this to a pizzicato execution lends an almost too irreverently comical flavour to what is after all a plaintive hymn. That said, one can just about get away with it in this piece, given that its original pedal line kind of throbs along relentlessly in a non-legato fashion.
Unfortunately, listening with my usual cheap computer speakers, the bass part is completely inaudible. With headphones I can hear it, but feel it's still rather overpowered by the piano. It would be nice if the balance could be adjusted.
At the risk of overdoing the comic quality, it might work really well using a harpsichord with a buff stop.
Rainer, thank you for your listening. As for your comments, I have difficulties to understand what you mean: what is comical in this choral ? What do you mean by 'harpsichord with a buff stop' ? Please forgive my limited English... As for the balance between both instruments, we have checked this point and I think that if you listen the recording on a reasonable lounge sound system, it's OK. But in a car, for instance, you may wonder if there is any bass playing, since the bass frequency range is similar to that of the engine...