I'm embarrassed by the noise at the end of the Passe Lointain - there's something wrong with my process of editing for that to get through.
Probably the most important thing in the editing process is the final listen-through from start to end. I had to learn that the hard way
I think I know what was wrong with the tags and I've redone those, too. I'll attach both files to this reply (is that the proper procedure?)
Thanks, that's better. Proper procedure (insofar we have one) would be the replace the attachments in the first post (unless they needed to be kept for some reason).
As far as that tempo (the agitato) was concerned - it probably was a little fast, but the "agitato" marking always brings out the 20-year-old that is still slumbering in me. Also, recording works for which I've never heard a different recording is a real adventure for me, and I'm sticking to it in this opus.
I have to admit I never really saw the "molto agitato
" marking there
and always been content just to bring out the Piu mosso
. So you are probably doing it right here.
BTW: Do you think that Tchaikovsky occasionally makes pieces more difficult than they had to be? The music is beautiful, but there are times in this opus where I feel that the practice-time-to-music-satisfaction ratio is a little high!
I never feel he makes things difficult for the sake of it. But indeed sometimes the musical content does not justify the long hard work. In this set I feel this applies to the Polacca de Concert, and to a lesser extent. to the Scherzo Fantasie. I still like these two pieces despite their excessive length and repetitiveness. You're right, there is some very difficult writing scattered throughout this great collection.
These are now on this site, well done. As you are involved in this opus, would you consider compiling some text about it ?