Are you suggesting that it is good music because you like it?
Nope. I like lots of crap so that does not count. Your suggestion was not good -> not popular
and my suggestion was not popular -> not necessarily not good
but that is logically equivalent to yours, as Raymond would agree. So I'd like to restate that as not popular -> so what ?
I meant that the piece I listened to did not seem to be a very good composition, and therefore that’s why it has never become popular.
It's probably a matter of taste whether this is good or not. The irregular rhythms are consciously evoking an anxious, irregular heartbeat. A very original idea and I never found it annoying, even though it is quite hard to bring off - the Raindrop prelude is easier (and more popular so probably better
and the B section – although pretty, doesn’t make sense. Most of the harmony shifts sound artificial, like he wasn’t sure where he was going with the tune. There is one very beautiful moment in there, though.
Some harmonic shifts are a bit unexpected, naive maybe, but I don't feel like this section does not make sense, I find it very balmy in the midst of all the anguish.
You should have attended the Hamelin concert! He never fails to amaze and delight!
Maybe so. The most adventurous things he programmed were a Bach-Szanto transcription and a Busoni Sonatine. Not quite the beaten path but not what I'd want to go see him for.