...Kaila, you need to submit Bach P&F's in one track, as has been the rule here for some years now.
Good performances these, nothing much to nag except some minor points
Here is the new mp3 file with the Prelude and Fugue on one track. Thank you for taking time to do critical listening and
for your critique. Your comments on my Chopin Op.64 submission were very valuable and I plan to re-record that piece and
re-submit it. Bach - BWV 875 - Das Wolhtemperierte Clavier II - Prelude and Fugue No.6 in D minor (3:33)
Kaila, I really like the spirit and terraced dynamics of the prelude, and the tempo was (IMO) perfect! If I were to ask
for a difference it would be to make the mordents more incisive. Regarding the fugue, again I like it very much. I would recommend you
reconsider the execution of the trill on the final cadence, in that it should (IMO) begin on the auxilliary rather than the principle note.
Thank you very much for the recording.
The recording sometimes sounds too full, not allowing for clarity of the texture (maybe the volume is too high?).
Thank you for reply and kind words. I will consider carefully your thoughts on the mordents and trill on the final cadence.
My project manager 'Kb' agrees with your point on the recording. He writes:
...musical-md, Thank you for observation about the recording. It's always valuable to receive 'feedback' from people
on how a recording sounds on their audio playback system. Listening again, I agree it is a bit overdone. I re-recorded
the wav audio file and changed the 'wet/dry mix', lowering the 'reverb' (BriscastiM7 software plugin) and leaving the 'dry sound' as is.
I added a *little* 'eq' (upper mid and highs) to the source track that would apply to both the wet and dry result.
The Steinway piano was recorded using a pair of Schoeps (with CMC6 preamplifier and MK-4 cardioid capsules) in 'ORTF' method and two AKG 414 (in omni pattern)
as 'flanking mics.' The ORTF pair were placed about 5 feet from the piano, in center. Of course, another critical factor; a beautiful sounding room in which to record. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ORTF_stereo_technique
The ORTF approach generally yields a beautiful result (depending on some other conditions too). It's sometimes easy to get bit 'carried away' in the
post recording stage. I think my changes to the final recording (with ambience) should yield a more beautiful result.
Well done overall! You seem to have a good feeling for Bach.
Thank you for thoughtful reply and taking time to do critical listening. You bring up some interesting points and I will concider them carefully.
Regards to All,
Kaila (and Kb)