Dwscamel, and Ganddalf, that is really very very kind of you to say so, and thank you for your comments.
I was wondering about changing the tempi, maybe making the Andante move forward a little, and having a more 'unified' feeling in the first movement, but actually I quite like this as a recording, because I feel these speeds make people listen.
Also, when I was recording this, a friend of mine was listening to each performance as an extra pair of ears. He'd done this a few times before - including for Felicity Lott's recording of Strauss Four Last Songs done in the same venue with the RSNO in 1987, so although he wasn't a professional musician, he had insight and I valued his opinion.
Anyway the point is that at the time he was 72 and had been diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumour, and I was a young artist (well, 28, it's young) trying to produce what has become a CD that I sell at concerts or to anyone who is interested. During those sessions I was pretty much aware that this was one of the last performances he would hear, and it was certainly the last time he sat in that hall (the Caird Hall in Dundee, beautiful venue) listening to anyone play, so I played TO him. I actually found myself giving every note that I could to him, to make him listen.
It all sounds very sad but actually it wasn't, we had a really fun time producing the CD, there was a lot of laughing, a lot of socializing, he didn't seem ill at all, except he got tired quickly because of the drugs. I think the only thing that really made me wobble a bit at the time was when I played 'Last Spring', and I knew that he wouldn't see spring (we recorded in August '08, he died 15th march '09), and I sat down and played it in one take, but it was really very, very slow. Much slower than I would do for a concert or ordinarily, but it wasn't that I MEANT it to be slow, it was that somehow, in the process of giving him every note, that was the tempo that came out. Does that make sense? I can put Last Spring up for you later if you want to hear it. It's the same piece as for string orchestra but transcribed for piano.
I also recorded Four Pieces Op. 1 and the Holberg Suite.