Thanks for listening Ken.
Kenbobpdx wrote:A few challenges when it transitions sections but those should smooth out in time. Its a tough piece that needs to keep motoring along. My favorite recording of this is by andi33x here on the forum. You might want to give his recording a listen for ideas on phrasing and making the transitions between sections in a way to really move the piece along.
Thanks for your comments, but there's no technical reason for the slight breaths I'm taking between variations. Perhaps, these breaths are slightly long, but they were intentional. I'll consider how to make the sections flow into each other better. I probably just need to be begin each one a bit earlier.
I have heard Andreas recording, but to be honest, I disagree with the way he approached it. That said, I love most of what else he plays. For me, I feel his rubato is excessive. I know this rubato is entirely intentional, but it's just not how I hear the piece. I actually find it flows less well, because of the rubato! Funny how people hear things differently. By the way, that's absolutely no criticism of Andreas' musicianship. I know he's an excellent player. It's just I play this piece very differently.
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