See my bolds above. I think I understand your remarks above but let me ask this...you love every recording Kissin has made? His Rach Three which many critics, players have not said great things? His tempos have been taken to task on that recording which leads me to the next item in bold... Schumann and Chopin would like their music played closely to what they marked as to dynamics, tempos, etc. That is the way they wanted their music played when they were alive and I am sure they would want it that way now. Unfortunately, all players, some more than others, take "artistic" liberties with the original desires of the composers. Kissin is one of them. Don't get me wrong...some of his stuff is the best ever recorded IMO such as the Fantasy F Minor by Chopin. Others..not so good. I have yet to meet anyone that does not like at least a couple of recordings by any artist.