Very well done!
I would look for a greater dynamic range in the first page. You know, those first three staccato notes of the left hand should be emphasized. Basically, I'd emphasize the contrast between f
. And in terms of dynamics the ending should really stand out. Perhaps it was the recording (or the piano), but it seemed to me like this could be improved somewhat. In any case, it sounds great. Congratulations!
It's a lot of fun to play, isn't it?
Watch out for my recording, which is coming soon... not that it will be worthy of any competition.
My recorder is an Edirol R-09; I noticed one little quirk is its tendency to level the volume.
I agree that the performance, while very well formed, is missing something. I think that this "homogenized" sound is due to my tempo (which pushes 120+ in a couple places). I find it extremely difficult to extract any more contrast from my piano at that speed.
This piece IS a great deal of fun to play. Faster, faster, and yet again...faster! Now that I've pegged my speedometer, I look forward to other pieces. I imagine that in ten or twenty years, I'll be able to approach the etudes from an entirely new direction, both technically and artistically.
That brings me to the question of how long I practiced it...off and on for a couple of years; it materialized very, VERY gradually (I like to use the "oak tree from an acorn" analogy). This piece (and nearly all of Chopin's) are lifetime pieces. I consider this recording as somewhat of an endpoint. I won't revisit the notion of re-evaluation until I've managed to produce similar results with all the other etudes. Any additional practice would produce diminishing returns.
I look forward to hearing your performance, PS!