Thank you, Didier. To me, those notes sound like they are coming out fine, but again....I am not a very objective listener.
That's exactly it. You're a biased listener; you know what to listen for, and you hear what you want to hear.
It sounds fine to me too: if I know what to listen for, I'll hear it, and will subconsciously filter out the accompaniment.
Nevertheless, Didier has a point. An unbiased listener (who does not know the tune) will tend to interpret the top notes as the melody, and as such can
misinterpret what you play. To counteract that tendency, you probably need to exaggerate whatever you do when you try to bring out the melody against an accompaniment that's higher. The difficulty, then, lies in intuitively knowing not to overdo, nor to underdo, that exaggeration.
It's all very nice, but I think it would help to retain the listener's interest more if the first section (up to the change of key) were not quite as slow. You play it even slower than Kissin, and his is pretty slow as they go. I prefer Lisitsa's speed.
Now I am going OT-- Didier (and anyone else reading this), do you have a Dampp Chaser on your piano? My piano tuner/technician has talked me into getting one, but I'm still not 100% sure.
This question might get more attention if you asked it in the General
or The Piano
forums than hidden away here.
I don't have one, but then, where I live, the humidity doesn't generally fluctuate wildly.
Personally, I think it's hopeless to try to maintain a tightly controlled micro-climate inside
a piano, especially a grand that's more open to the room than an upright is (when we lived in Hong Kong, someone rigged up a couple of lightbulbs inside our upright to keep the edge off the dampness during the humid season).
My feeling is that it's better to keep the average humidity of the whole room in reasonable limits than just inside the instrument. If dryness is a problem, low-tech solutions can be quite effective: you can hang water containers onto your radiators, and the water gradually evaporates. Or maybe have plenty of pot plants that need regular watering. If high humidity is the problem, there are plenty of room dehumidifiers on the market.