As mentioned in the other bash thread I started yesterday, I’m collaborating with a cellist colleague to do a couple of numbers to give to my boss on the occasion of his 70th birthday next week. This is the second of the two we’re doing, a classical piece for cello that is usually accompanied by piano, but for which there is sheet music for a guitar accompaniment.
This is the first time I have sat down with classical sheet music and come up with an original arrangement in over forty years. I recorded it in sections and mashed them together, no way I could play this all the way through without months of practice that I don’t have. This is my Pimentel custom classical guitar through my AT4040, and I used nearly identical EQ and compression settings on the cello here as Andrew recommended for the other tune.
It absolutely was, but as I noted, there are some guitar transcriptions out there, and that’s what I worked from. Our first take on this was at 60 bpm and it was in fact too fast. This is at 54, and the sheet music actually stipulates 60, so I feel like we’re doing OK on the tempo. The piano-cello duets I’ve seen are not that much slower, so much as the artists get very rubato and legato as they play because they are together in person and can play off each other. Much harder to do remotely…
I thoroughly enjoyed this! It is one of the most refreshing things I’ve listened to in quite some time actually. I’m a huge fan of Chopin, this is just beautiful and the performance is great.
The mix isn’t without its flaws (the main one being a big resonance around 200Hz throughout) but that absolutely didn’t prevent me from loving what I heard.