And on, and on. My case never rests, your honour. Those are the sort of things that bug me with this performance.
Wonderful piece of of work, John! And what inspires me as much as the musical result is your unceasing questioning and your dedication to making it even better.
I tend to agree with you about two things: a more consistent tempo throughout might have been helpful. As to a tentative start, the broken chord in the 2nd complete measure can hold things back. I try not to let the rolled chord affect the pulse.
As to that section with the static chords in the middle of the piece, I hear you! On the one hand, the section does make perfect sense because it quiets, for the moment, the perpetual rolling chords, making the next section more welcome.
But what I've never been able to fathom is the piu lento marking! Is that from Brahms? I, too, feel an urgent need to keep it moving—even to speed up. Maybe he meant to write piu mosso? ;o) Then there would be no mystery at all.
By the way, this is my first visit to this forum. I was drawn here by our recent exchange, John, at Northern Sounds, and am looking forward to making some submissions of my own.
What a great service you folks who run this site are doing—for listeners and players both!