Thanks all for the feedback !
Apart from the Nocturne and the other piece you recorded the other day (posted together) I feel early Debussy is far more enjoyable than the "real" Debussy everyone raves about.
I think so sometimes, too. Certainly for an amateur, early D. is easier to connect to (and easier to play) than mature D. However yesterday I happened to hear on the radio (while sanding and painting windows in the shed, near killing myself with dust and fumes) the complete first set of Preludes. I was sure it was Hamelin playing but it turned out to be Kristian Zimmerman. In the right hands, played razor-sharp like this, this music bowled be over once more. So nothing bad about mature Debussy - it's just harder
You hear echoes of Tchaikovsky, I gather. Funny, I do not, but what you say makes sense: after all, Debussy was in Russia for 3 consecutive summers working as a pianist for Nadezhda von Meck, Tchaikovsky's patroness. I have noticed that the Ballade, that you have also recorded, is mentioned in some sources as the "Ballade Slave".
I'm sure he was exposed to T's music at that time, and influenced by it. It is Grieg that I hear more often though. I think his quip about being so influenced by Grieg was not meant wholly sarcastically.
Nice performance. I've not listened to the other recordings on the site, but why would one rush a reverie? The end is particularly fine. Some of the treble sounds slightly odd in tone to my ears (particularly a bit after halfway through), not sure whether this would be a reverb thing?
I must admit I had to fiddle with the ending... My first version was fine, but just as the closing chord was dying away my wife and daughter returned from shopping and made some ruckus. When dust had settled I had to redo the closing bar but it turned out louder than before and I had to decrease the volume afterwards.
There could be some dodgy tones, the grand is due for a tuning (although irt's held up very well this time, finally) and also I've asked about voicing the hammers , because the tone has gotten a little metallic.