Thanks for the kind comments.
Techneut wrote :
I have never tried my hand at Griffes before, but I believe this is hard music to get into the fingers. Congratulations on such a faultless performance, which I guess must be the result of long, hard, and painstaking work.
Griffes seems to be one of those so-called "pianistic composers" so that although there are a lot of runs up and down the keyboard etc.., it falls quite conveniently under the hand and so responds well to a slow practice.
The lack of interest in his music I suppose is because he doesn't have a clear individual style but his individual pieces are very good and unjustly neglected.
A pity about the slightly boxy sound and the wimpy bass notes, this music does need a fuller and richer sound.
The bass note issue is a combination of the tuning (as per Musical-MD' comment) and the fact that it is a small grand-piano in a smallish room. If you want to hear it in full splendour then I would recommend the recording by Carole Rosenberger on Delos which uses a large Bosendorfer grand with extra bass notes - I have the LP from 80's but I believe that a CD is still available. I suppose if I add some reverberation it might improve it a little.
Musical-MD wrote :
If I would recommend anything to you, it would be to try even further to quiet the many ostinato figures so as to allow the more melodic parts greater prominence.
Yes, I agree. They are difficult for me to control at low volume.
I'll happily put a biography together because I agree that he deserves his own page.