Which variation had the excerpt from the B section of Chopin's Fantasy-Impromptu?
That would be the "Boy was I surprised when ..." one: No 10, Evocation.
Okay, sorry for being so long-winded,
Not at all. It's always nice to get a bit of background.
This set is just lovely, and you certainly do it justice. Quite amazing. You said some places are "not as easy as they sound", but that's just it: Making something sound easier than it is is one of the signs of a good player.
One thing I particularly like is how one can really hear the bells, not just in the obvious places (like the repeated LH ostinato DONGs which in No 8 come once per bar in several groups of 4 bars), but also in other places here and there where one gets a clear sensation of their rich characteristic harmonies ringing out, even in isolated chords.
There are a few bars in No 9 a couple of dozen bars from the end (around 13:48 in the complete recording) which distinctly remind me of bits of the tune of Rock-a-bye Baby.
Can you decipher the following cryptic comment? I may be mistaken, but I suspect that a certain variation (I'm not telling you which one, that's part of the riddle) wasn't quite sinister enough.
The following criticisms are just minor niggles and they don't really detract much from the bigger picture.
No 4, bar 7. The Rit which is marked could do with being more pronounced and beginning earlier. The first two chords seem to rush instead of hold back.
No 5. Most of the dotted patterns are sounding a bit like triplets.
No 6. I know that you often memorize pieces you record. When one does that, then occasionally some rhythmic patterns which are similar but slightly different on paper tend to get made the same in one's head. Such is the case in the Lento 3/4 section here. There are some figures of dotted 8th plus 16th which are prefixed with a 16th (in bar 5 of this section the C and in bar 7 the F#, both in RH). But the corresponding prefixes in bars 2 and 3 (both RH C) and in bars 1 and 4 (LH G and Ab, respectively) are 8ths, but you play these as 16ths too.
No 7. There is a bit too much of a feeling of playing one bar at a time, and thus losing sight of the longer line.
No 12. I feel the middle section (marked Meno mosso, piu espressivo, molto cantabile) is too fast, with not enough tempo contrast relative to the main Galope sections which surround it.
The timing is a little off in the final few bars of the closing Lento.