I would like you to listen to these two versions of a beautiful arrangement of "Long and Winding road", again made by the same arranger of Over the rainbow (see the "Comment please!" thread on this forum here): Frits Bayens. So all credits for this go to him! This time I changed a few notes, added some harp arpeggios somewhere in the middle.
The arrangement has been made for the famous Metropole Orchestra (The Netherlands) a sometime ago. I believe there isn't any recording of this piece.Instrumentation used by Frits Bayens: muted string orchestra, non muted string quartet and harp. I was very very lucky to get a copy of the original score from the archives of this orchestra. Of course I tried to implement most of the advices this time I got in the first "Comment please!" thread: a.o. track shifting, a fine rubato, tweaked attack, release and EQ settings, etc.. In real life it must have been quite difficult for the conductor to balance the orchestra and string quartet well. It was a challenge for me as MIDI orchestrator to handle this demanding item again with Origami as reverb plugin with their positioning tool. I have made two different versions: the first one has been made with only instruments/samples form the SE plus version. There is a slight difference in rubato between both versions by the way.
You will find them here:The VSL version (No.1): http://www.musesamples.com/MP3-ErikOtte/LWR_VSL_A.mp3 The other version (No.2): http://www.musesamples.com/MP3-ErikOtte/LWR_PRO_A.mp3 What was quite interesting is that a second version gives a total different sound and feel to this piece. It (the No.2 version) has been made a.o. with the String Library Pro by Kirk Hunter, which offers users a quite nuanced choice in expression (than at least my VSL SE +): from non vibrato to espressivo plus a tweakable (!!) glissando. (Please note: also in the non muted as well as in the muted versions! I am not the one to promote whatever at all, but I read often about the strict handling of ‘espressivo’ in the VSL on this forum, that’s why I mention this here) It needed some more fine tweaking in the EQ however. I didn’t exagerate the glissando this time in this first version. In the VSL version glissando is just absent, because I don’t own the full versions of the appropriate (muted) libaries. I did some layering with the Chamber violins and celli, but only a little bit.I had some difficulties to get natural, smooth, non crescendo lines in the VSL muted sustains to be honest, so I had some extra work to get that better. Maybe the real library could solve this problem. I didn’t have had this problem (at least) in the Hunter version. So MIDI-pro’s and aficionados: again I am asking you to comment these arrangements. Plaese go ahead! Regards Erik