Yes, Dr Gradus does sound rather uneven in places now that I've listened again; I can certaily work on that (oh, and those violent page turns - I can't believe I didn't notice them!). I haven't been playing Dr Gradus for very long - it seemed an easy choice that sounds impressive but it is in fact rather tricky to deliver an accurate performance.
Yes, it's easy to underestimate the Gradus. I've been playing it forever and still am tricked by it. Nothing is ever an easy choice, if you want to do it right...
I had no idea about the bitrate so I'll have to look into that: I just went with the default settings; I hate fiddling with technology because I work in IT and music is supposed to be fun
Hehe, I can relate to that
I'm not sure I can do much to improve Danseuses and the Liebestraum 3 at this stage given my limitations - I always end up making some mistake or other, so I'll probably have to park them and perhaps come back to them at a later date. In terms of dynamic contrasts, I will see what I can do but it's risky for me to play pp or ppp (I tend to get inaudible notes, particularly if I try hard to play softly, and If I don't try I just play everything mf by default!). It's also possible that the lack of contrast has been made worse by the recording - ah, excuses!
That is the default, alas, even if you managed your precious dynamics, a non-professional recording and mastering will largely flatten them out. Something I think frustrates all of us here.
But sure you can improve on the Danseuses. The Liszt is of course bit more tricky.
I must be mad: so many issues still, and I have an exam this Saturday. I'll be playing these pieces as well as 2 Czerny studies from the Art of Finger Dexterity, Clementi's Sonata in Bb (op 24. no. 2) and Lotus Land by Cyril Scott.
That's quite a program. Good luck with it, and should you make a mistake, just pretend it was written that way