Thank you, Andrew! I know, it’s a quirky little piece. But those harmonies!!
I’m glad you mentioned pedaling— I find it is not easy in pieces like this. I learned here on PS that Poulenc likes a lot of pedaling in his pieces, but I don’t know if others always do as well. In this piece, I aimed to make the harmonies transition to one another seamlessly and cleanly, but I wanted a little blending here and there too. Like slight blurring without getting too smooshy.
An observation: My piano was tuned recently and I find that it seems like a different piano now. I can feel that the strings are tighter and the tone sounds less bright; I really like it! But also, I asked my piano technician to fix this little clicky noise coming out of the piano when I depressed the soft pedal, which he did. I don’t know if it was what he did to fix the click, or if it’s because of the newly-tuned piano, but my soft pedal acts much differently now. You know how you get used to pressing down on it in a certain way? Well, I now get a different tone when I press down, and to me it drastically changes when I press down harder/lighter. I noticed these changes in tone before, but for some reason they seem more pronounced to me. Even though I don't think these tone changes will even be picked up on my recorder, I'm still experimenting with the 'new' sounds.
Yeah, I think that in a piece like this, you won't be able to pedal strictly "by the harmony" as is the case in much 19th century music as there is too much harmonic ambiguity. Thus a certain blurring will likely be necessary.
Perhaps the mechanism has been adjusted marginally? Depends where your recorder is placed, of course - but what you hear sitting at the piano is not the same as what traditionally-placed mics will hear.