Hi Monica, and Happy Birthday!
Thank you, Andrew!
I enjoyed these, actually the Espla in particular - I thought it was more interesting than the Albeniz which musically I thought was a little hackneyed - a little like him rewriting someone else's work. I prefer your playing in the Espla too: I think it has a little more bite, but that's in part because I think there's more to get your teeth into! Now I must say I noticed something very peculiar - I don't know if it's an aural hallucination! When listening to the Espla (which I did first) I came away with the distinct impression that your piano's treble was quite strongly sharp. I don't know if I'm being tricked by the effect whereby in places the treble is arguably in a different key from the bass, because when I listened to the Albeniz I was listening for that explicit impression of detuned sharpness and only briefly (from about 2.00 to 2.30) did I have any concerns, and I felt that if it was sharp it was only very marginal. Whereas in the Espla, which I just relistened to, the first section, and later on (e.g. the G at 2.52 and from 3.15) I get the same distinct impression (approaching 1/6 tone sharp). It's very curious: I have perfect pitch, but I think in some way my ears are being tricked as I don't see how the treble could be out by differing amounts in each recording!
Yes, I like the Albeniz, but it is a little 'flowery'. Regarding the Espla and my piano sound....I don't know. I listened back and don't hear such out of tune tones as you describe. My piano was tuned in early December so it hasn't been that long. Maybe my post processing did something to the sound? Like maybe my noise reduction process screwed things up? I don't know....like I said, I don't hear the sharpness. Maybe it is as you say a trick on your ears because of the two keys. Or maybe it's just my belly dancing that hypnotized you....
I wonder if anyone else hears this?