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Franz Schubert MP3s

Preparing the Schubert selection was fun - sunshine steel drums in the dark Austrian Forests evoked by the ErlKing offset by Moog synthesizer French horns in the darker passages - this really is shining new light on old masterpieces.

The impromptus and the march militaire are simply delightful and responded well to the combinations of steel drums, harp and marimba.

The real discovery for me was the Wanderer Fantasie where we have presented the four movements separately. In this case we have stayed a little from the New World instrumentation with the inclusion of a Hammond organ emulation but we did select a south American preset which combines a percussive approach with sufficient sustain to support the more lyrical passages.

Today's streaming sample is a LoFi clip from the famous Impromptu No 3 from Opus 90.

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