Musicality over pyrotechnics, please...
You're absolutely right, that last recording was a time trial, not a work of art. Now all I have to do is play it well. I'm close.
Wow, that's really fast. It will not take so long anymore and you come to that speed without the slips, I believe. However it shows me too, that etudes of that calibre need much, much time to have them nailed at that fast speed. If it is not too intime, I would be interested in how much hours you spent through the years only on that (only so about). I prefer your posted version on PianoSociety however, but even at that speed it does not sound like playing with terrible tension or like overplaying, only some more odd slips. You are really good, man!
Thank you both for the nice comments. I prefer the slower version myself, I'm not overly concerned with tempos anymore. It will get there.
How long did I spend? A very, very long time. I practiced it every other day for an hour each time over the course of two years. So, 365 hours, I believe.
I don't "practice" it anymore. I only prepare it for a specific event. If I played it as often as I once did, it would literally drive me to drink. I can leave it alone for months and play it right away at half tempo; I have the notes memorized. The only thing I need right now, is work to ramp up the speed. It usually takes me about six weeks to go from mm108 to mm176
I guess my point of posting a slow recording was to make sure that I kept focus on the musicality while ramping up the intensity. I can be a good technitian, but that's an unsatisfying endpoint.
I'll let you all know when I get there.
BTW, I had my piano tuned and regulated yesterday. It made a startling improvement in my efficiency. I'm really excited!