Attached, please find a batch of Kinderszenen
I've recorded Von Fremden Landern und Menschen, Kuriose Geschichte, Bittendes Kind, Wichtige Begebenheit, Traumerei, Kind in Einschlummern
, and Der Dichter Spricht
--seven of the thirteen. I may do the other half fairly soon, though I'm not out to record the complete cycle. These are my favorites, and I'd have to do more work to get the others into shape. (Though they weren't too bad last spring, when I almost played them in a shared recital that never happened).
Here are some notes, technical and otherwisel:
Recording in general: As soon as I started recording, all the stiffness that plagues me when I record came back. I play reasonably well before people, but not before a recorder. If they sound a bit expressionless and restrained--well, they are. Here's part of the problem: on stage, you make a mistake, and it's gone. The five people in the audience who are musicians might notice, and they're on your side. No one else will. In a recording session, I'm the one who has to be satisfied when it's all done. Yes, you can re-record it. And if you're really good (which I'm not), you can edit out mistakes. If anyone has any suggestions for how to deal with this, aside from a good stiff drink (which might not help the musicianship), I would really like to hear them.
Dynamic range: Many of the pieces are fairly quiet. I wanted to use the same level setting for the entire cycle; I'm not sure how that will work out. I also was fairly conservative in my level settings, because I hate finding out after a recording that I've overdriven the AD converter.
Una Corda: I should probably use it more, more for the way it changes the tonal quality than anything else. I did notice that a lot of repeated sections sounded too similar. (That's another part of the "stiffness" problem.)
Pops: There are some odd pops--not too loud. I'm not sure where they're coming from, because they're not on the hard disk recorder, and I use optical fiber to go from the recorder into the computer. And some of them disappeared when I "re-recorded" them from the HD recorder into the computer. Audacity might be screwing things up somewhere (I personally think that's a terrible program, but I need something to import audio on my mac--I suppose I could use GarageBand). It's also possible that the remaining pops are the two house parakeets, who were (for the most part) reasonably well behaved during the recording session.
For the record, I did very minimal editing on a Windows PC with CoolEdit (an ancient copy), and generated MP3s with its codec (Fraunhofer), which I slightly prefer to LAME.
1: Von Fremden Landern und Menschen
2: Kuriose Geschichte
4: Bittendes Kind
6: Wichtige Begebenheit
12: Kind in Einschlummern
13: Der Dichter Spricht