John Robson wrote:
Thanks for listening. Robert, you are definitely correct about the tempo being a bit slower than some pianists play it. I also thought this would be an easy piece to record. WRONG!! One reason is the that it is very advantageous to possess large hands to quickly execute the large chords accurately. I'd kill for larger hands. But unfortunately that's a gift I don't have. I believe my hands were more supple when I was younger as I don't remember having as such difficulty playing the chords when I was young. However, when I started relearning this piece, I was surprised at how difficult it was for me to accurately play the large chords. The work requires that one leap back and forth between the big chords and the melody notes. I was playing it faster, but had to slow the tempo a little to reach the chords. Otherwise, my little thumb kept sounding two notes instead of one. I've been attempting to record this piece for over two weeks. Since I can't edit well, I had to play from beginning to end, sort of like a live performance, with as few mistakes as possible. It was difficult and quite frustrating to play it over and over. I unintentionally memorized the piece.
I don't post this to make you more jealous but a neighbor's daughter, 12 years old, wanted to play the piano in my house yesterday and she got very long fingers. She easily reached 10 keys and even 11 when she stretched them out. I never seen such long fingers on such a young person! Just a pity she could not play
I have replaced your previous recordings with this new.