As one who has gotten his hackles up in the past :wink: (and hopefully ruffled some fur in turn ), I just can't resist responding when there's an amusing digression. Since the thread has now unexpectedly shifted to the topic of pet peeves, let me say what two of mine are: people who don't read carefully and/or present illogical arguments that are not based on at least some evidence. Before you direct your narcissism radar at others, you may want to ask yourself the following questions: (1) Is there any way a reasonable person could conclude that using the word "overplayed" is inherently associated with a narcissistic personality or even a narcissistic remark? (2) As a corollary to (1), is it reasonable to conclude that an admin is now an enemy simply because he may have said something slightly sarcastic; (3) Have I bothered to listen to myself critically before posting these recordings? So anyway, enough sermonizing from me and back to the original topic of your playing. It isn't that there aren't some good things here. Both the Nocturne and Prelude are sensitively phrased in some places, if somewhat tentative and forced in others. However, besides that there are a number of dropped notes (in the prelude more so), unseemly tempo hesitations, pedal blurs, and passages that sound jerky, hesitant, and inadequately worked out. This is especially evident to me in the Nocturne filigree, which needs to shimmer; instead, you often slow down and completely bring the tempo to a halt, presumably to make things easier for yourself. These do sound within your reach if you go back to basics and look at them more self-reflectively. However, the Beethoven, I'm sorry to say, is a complete mess. I just don't think there is a nicer way to put this. We're all, or mostly, amateurs here and I don't think anyone would expect anything close to perfection, particularly on a difficult movement like this. But when there are gross unevennesses, tempo strugglings, and awkward pedal usage in nearly every measure, it's a different matter. Frankly, this piece just sounds way beyond your current technical ability. It makes me shudder to hear that you're planning on playing the Chopin 12th prelude, which though shorter, is IMO 20 times more physically difficult than this. Rest assured, this is not a gratuitous ripping of your playing to shreds, only an unequivocal assessment.