Heard this work for the first time, and I must say that it is a really subtle grace and beauty to it all. You bring out the yearning themes of the 1st, 2nd and 4th movement very well with tasteful rubato and voicing. Especially liked the ending of the second movement. However, I think you play the 5th movement too gently though; don't really hear the ceremonioso very much, and it doesn't really have the air of an ending. Not sure if making it louder in general would make it better however. You could also slow down more in the transition from the 4th to 5th movement.
Thanks for that Jon. Mvt 5 is only marked un poco ceremonioso
, as well as sotto voce e sostenuto
, so I would not want to make it too brash. It works up a bit of steam justy before the code, which is then marked pp
, and at the end morendo
and then piu sostenuto
. No, I don't think I'd want to change how id did it.
Your recording really makes me want to learn the piece. Is it difficult to learn in your opinion?
No, it is not overly hard. Certainly not for Busoni standards
And well worth the effort IMO.