Thank you for your feedback. I agree that my technique could be better
although I don't think it is quite as bad as the comment makes it sound.
I certainly don't mind the criticism - I've received such without complaint on pretty much everything I've ever posted here, and, for the most part, agreed with it... but this time I think it is worth a reply regarding the "hesitation" about my recording primarily due to interpretation. I can completely understand that you don't like the way I play it (and again, you pointed out some minor technical flaws) - but to stifle somebody's art just because of opinion seems very much against the true spirit of music and pianism.
I'm disappointed in the Piano Society as I am realizing that the group here is not what I expected. I'm disappointed not because this recording (as have been several others of mine) was rejected, but because of the grounds upon which it was rejected. This indicates to me that this website is geared towards describing music and not discovering it. I find many recordings on this site that are technically decent but seem half-hearted musically, but an enthusiastic and daring rendition is rejected because of too much freedom with tempo.
To me, music is about creativity and discovery - not about dictation. You can program a computer to play music and it will be technically perfect; but then we've lost the life that music brings to the human soul. When I hear a musician alter a piece of music to his or her liking, I embrace it - regardless of whether or not I prefer to hear or play it the same way. I embrace such deviations because to me it leads the musician on a path to discovery. A thousand poor, but unique and creative performances are worth finding that one gem that would otherwise be lost due to scrutiny over the score.
Please don't take offense at my reply, as none is intended. I am stating my observations and personal conclusions. There is certainly nothing wrong with the Piano Society being a place where music is dictated and where the focus is on stylistic correctness. It is similar to the Encyclopedia Britannica - facts, facts, and more facts - but no personalization or pizzazz. Obviously that is a bit exaggerated as the Piano Society does have some excellent recordings – just as long as the interpretation is within the bounds that the adjudicators have set
The world still needs the Encyclopedia Britannica, just as the world benefits from your website and forum. I'm merely disappointed as I was under the impression that it was something different. I opened the "book" looking for a story and instead am finding a documentary. Documentaries are fun too
I still very much value the work that you've done and support this wonderful cause.
All the best...
P.S…. I appreciate that you mentioned that I do some “nice things” with my playing… I wonder if that really means that there are a couple of places where you finally breathed a sigh of relief because I play a few bars “stylistically correct”