I had a listen to the pieces. Good use to rubato and your dynamics give the phrases kind of got me into a deep seated reverie (like you say- "a spell"
Mompous writing in this set reminds me a lot of some pieces by Ravel and Debussy. I just checked wiki and read he is a Spanish composer. Since Spain borders France I imagine the influence is close, though through the melodies this composer proves he has his own unique voice.
For some criticism:
The No.1 perhaps could be played slower. With the tempo played, I did get the sense of an aural anesthetic (as you say- to numb the pain:), but when I heard it the first time I got the feeling of time and space being suspended, or just slowed down a lot, and with the harmonic rhythm (rate of chord changes) being very subtle and drawn out I felt the tempo was too fast, as slow as it was.
No. 2 Not much to criticize, I like the crescendo at :40
I am under the impression that the runs in the bass could have more rubato applied to them. Like it you played the lowest notes slow and then increase your speed when you are halfway to the top, might give the piece a deeper bottom. I am kind of confused why this piece is to inspire love. Personally, I say i inspires melancholy
maybe its a lustful love, as the tritone at the top of the run in the left hand seems to allude to that.
No. 4 The grace notes could be more detached. Around :08 I though I heard two notes together. This piece reminds me of No.1. I don't think its the right piece for a cure but i'd say it's another piece that could "numb the pain"
No.5 The runs in the beginning sound a little muddy, but I suspect this is a problem with awkward leaps or needing a larger handspan like you and Chris were saying. I wish I could see the score so I knew what the arps look like.
No.6 Finally a happy piece
, though the ending is kind of suspenseful
. Phrasing is good, and I like the long sustained low note at the end. You can hear the overtones, I imagine there is a fermata there.