I enjoyed your op. 25 no. 1 very much, both versions. Great sound, great piano, great recoding, great pianist
. I like the melody in the first recording, but I liked the tempo of the second better. In the second you did a great job with the little notes. The missed notes don’t really bother with such a good recording
Your op. 9 no. 1 was nice, again very nice sound. The only thing is that I think it’s a bit rushed and agitated, especially in the beginning. I prefer a little slower and more “peaceful”
. But you did a great job, producing nice sound, nice lines.
The waltz op. 64 no. 1 was played with much ease and much leggiero. Again, just as in your other recordings, you produce nice sound and nice lines. I only think it’s a little dry and metronomic, and although you produce nice lines, you could make the runs more exciting, the dynamics a little more extreme and the middle section a bit slower perhaps and more sostenuto and cantabile perhaps…
With the mazurka, too, I think you did a great job playing it light and delightful, but it sounds even drier. Perhaps you could vary the dynamics a little more. The nuances are good, the sotto voce is played quite well, but still it sounds very straightforward and I prefer a little more freedom, especially in the rhythm and greater contrasts in the dynamics.
I think you did a greater job with the Fantasie-Impromptu. Impressive playing, no real technical problems, although you seem to have a little trouble with some passages. At least you vary your dynamics a little (although it’s really a little), create nice nuances (the middle section was very nice, in contrast with the outer sections) and play better. The only thing is that I would like a bit more power in the outer sections. They are played very chopinesque, but it could’ve been a little more exciting.
Maybe the recording is a bit “away”. It sounds like a small room in which you recorded it. The sound seems a little weak. How did you record it?
It seems as if you play harder pieces better than easier pieces, I don’t know why… You have a great technique. You play quite close to the way Chopin played I think, not using too much forte, very nice, melodic. I would just “sing” a little more, it tends to be dry. This is quite controversial. I like your playing far more than those of people who play Chopin rotten with sentimentality, too much contrast, too loud, too much rubato. You seem to be exactly the opposite, playing runs that are delightful, never too loud, not too much rubato and very “cool”. I think the best way of playing Chopin is somewhere in the middle, more like your playing, but a little more exciting, more concentrating on the development of the melody, while the other notes form a solid accompaniment.
Well done and post more recordings!