I've had an on-off relationship with this piece for a while now. I've played it a few times publicly, but I don't tend to be especially happy with the end result. (I must say it has tended to go down well with audiences, however).
I think it's one of the very best "theme and variations" of the 19th century; for some reason it gets disappointingly little public performance.
Here's a video, taken from a recital a few months ago. I didn't "play safe" in this performance and took some risks, as I wanted a committed performance. For those who know the piece, it will be embarassingly apparent how close I came to disaster from 4.16 to 4.46 The only consolation is that I didn't lose total control.
Anyway, I would be interested in getting general feedback on the performance - I'm considering whether I should use the piece later on this year in another recital.
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