Yesterday I recorded the first movement of Krebs’ Sonatina Seconda on the 2nd manual of our Hauptwerk set. This time I did both video and audio recording. For video I used my phone on the tripod positioned on the left hand side and for audio, I used native Hauptwerk recording which doesn’t pick up any external noises and only records high quality Wave file (and also MIDI file too). It took me many tries to do it because I didn’t want to use any audio editing and aimed for continuous recording. Later I synced video and audio on iMovie and uploaded this piece to Soundrop and shared with my Patreon subscribers.
After that Aušra and I announced contest winners. We listened to all 5 contestants and tried to decided who was the best and in what order. In my mind @partitura’s entry was the best piece I have heard entire week. So sweet and elegantly performed. It was Bach’s trio, not very easy to do. I gave the 2nd place to @jeremyowens9501. I thought his performance of the chorale prelude from Orgelbuchlein was very solid. @contrabourdon was next with his rendition of the opening movement of Pergolesi Stabat Mater. It’s a nice keyboard arrangement. I don’t know about other countries but in Lithuania we have been used to hearing it performed on the orchestra slower. It’s Grave. Could be a local tradition though.
Otherwise the registration and style was very fitting. @tormus1958 played Erbarm dich chorale prelude by J.S. Bach and added interesting ornaments and diminutions in the right hand part. @drugelis was the 5th contestant with her improvisation on the Pentatonic mode. She used only black keys. I think she is ready to transpose the same mode to other keys for more color too.
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