Thanks Riley and Scott for the comments and taking the time to listen!
These sound great. I like your phrasing, the variation in dynamics (I must admit the articulation at 2:50 in the 1st mvt. gave me a jump)
Funny, it is a sudden transition that's for sure. There's always a decision to be made in spots like this I suppose. As the player, you know what's coming and it does take some discipline to keep your calm and not let the tranquil phrase ending reveal the upcoming storm. On the other side, sometimes pianists aren't able to contain their excitement and jump into the storm too aggressively creating either ugly sounds or rushing the tempo. I've certainly been guilty of this and still am from time to time, but have learned to better control it I think. The spot you mention is a little borderline ugly I think, in that I could have paid better attention to the tone quality on those first few notes.
That is absolutely gorgeous. Your interpretation, your phrasing, your sense of Beethoven is great.
Thanks so much Scott, I'm glad to hear this as I do so love Beethoven. I'm working on a few other Beethoven sonatas as well so your comment is encouraging! I think my attention span has been greatly diminished after having kids, based on my experience with the slow 2nd movement!
For me it's one of those under-appreciated challenges when playing slow (semi-long to long) movements - fitting each section/variation into the bigger whole to tell one complete story rather than a series of connected short-stories, so to speak. Probably not a big deal for some, but was a surprising challenge for me and something I plan to develop.
Not sure if it will be the next sonata I post (have several in the hopper), but I'm very much enjoying work on Op. 109 - one of his late works. In my opinion a bit of a step up musically and technically from Tempest, so I'm going to allow plenty of time for it to "simmer" before attempting to record.
My only issue (and it is about recording, not your playing) is that the bass gets boomy and takes over a lot. This is an equalization issue in recording or post-production. It is making the bass sound as if it is part of a different instrument, possibly a digital instrument.
I know it's something I continue to refine. Everytime I play with the equalization I seem to make things worse, but I'll certainly keep working at it. Thanks for the feedback on this.