This is an NGADM Round 2 review.
While this is not quite as impressive as your Round 1 track, it's a solid track in its own right. For starters, your intro is immaculate. I love the atmosphere you set at the beginning, the introduction of the piano, the melodies it played, everything. Everything flowed smoothly in the intro and did a great job at showcasing your compositional talent. Great idea to have the main melody play on the strings at 1:40. After having the melody played more delicately on the piano, having it play at 1:40 made it really shine. The climax at the end, of course, did the best job of making the melody shine though. Beautiful.
In some lights, the production is fantastic, and in other lights it could use work. Your background strings and piano are undeniably amazing. Frankly, the instruments all sound amazing, undoubtedly because of your excellent EQing skills. The song has plenty of depth and you use reverb well. At the very end there's this huge reverb tail that sounds like it's coming out of the piano but might be from another similar-sounding instrument - maybe that reverb tail was a bit much, but I like the atmosphere it created anyway so just turn it down a little. So yeah, when it comes to EQing and reverb and whatnot, everything's just fine.
Unfortunately, at times the track can get incredibly cluttered, which very much ruined the impact of certain sections. The main culprit would undoubtedly be the climax you have at the end. I can hear what you're trying to go for, but execution needs touching up. The brass, for example, while sounding lovely, has too much of a high velocity which clashes with what's supposed to be in the foreground. There are similar clutter issues 1:56. Also, I think the piano at the beginning could've been a bit quieter, but that might be just me. Lastly, I would've liked more changes in texture. You use high strings over deep, warm background strings a lot, to the point that 3:13's flute section comes as a real relief. Lastly, I totally agree that the chord progression could've been changed a bit more - I think it's a habit of yours to stick to the same chord progression throughout a track, and while it does help unify it, some more chord changes would do wonders.
It sounds like you have some truly excellent ideas over here, but some of the execution needs work! Overall though, it's a great piece of work.