Very good! I am very impressed how you can maintain the musical expression for that difficult piece at that speed.
Chris said, it sounds too easy? Take it as compliment, because if something difficult sounds like beeing easy, than the piece is nailed. What is really the case here!
Wow, thank you very much! I very nearly did nail it (not quite). It's a paradox, at first the etudes seem impossible but if given enough patience and practice, their extreme technical simplicity can be seen. All that's needed is time, practice and PATIENCE
. This etude I've known for a few years, (though I don't really practice it any more) so it's matured in me to the point I can just let it rip. This recording has a three year history. What I'm working towards is, within about three years or so, to have all the etudes to that point. I'm not 100% sure I can pull it off, but from what I've already done, I'm cautiously optimistic.
About maintaining expression at high speed, I never approach a "fast" piece as a piece to be played fast. That would guarantee failure. In early stages of learning new music, (after I have it memorized) I find a certain tempo that fits me, the tempo that best allows me to feel the beat and to be as calm and attentive as possible. I refer to that as "body resonance tempo"---the tempo that best facilitates maximum leverage and minimum friction of the playing mechanism, as a function of the biomechanics of the performer, the piano and environment.
Of course, once all the coordinations are in place, the tempo can be increased. If a piece ever gets rusty or sluggish, I revert back to the body resonance tempo, e.g, my recent 10/1 submission was at that tempo.
So, the trick is to choose a practice speed that's not too slow nor too fast. Write that tempo down, it's very easy to forget it.
Well, that's enough out of my yapper!