(though I happen to think the Dante Sonata isn't that difficult with the exception of the second last page).
Having listened to some of your transcriptions recordings, I think I can say that that's probably because your octaves are better than mine.
At a high level of criticism, my feeling is that it "needs" to sound like it is effortless - even though it is damn difficult.
Yes, definitely. Certainly with those crossovers and leaping to grab those bass notes it makes me feel a bit stiff at times. Hopefully, that will improve when I return to it later on, which I definitely will at some point, probably sooner rather than later. I know I said the Eglogue was one of my favorites but this one is up there too.
My other quibble would be the piano sound - it's a little bit tinkly (nice for La campanella!) where I think it should be limpid instead - a fine distinction of course.
Yes, I noticed that too in places. I've tried a lot with the new mikes already but I may work on trying to pick up more of the treble with a fuller sound. Could also be that I use the soft pedal for much of the piece. In the Jeux d'eau, Liszt indicates the una corda for practically the duration. He doesn't here, but these seem similar sorts of pieces, so I applied that logic here. Not sure what pianists generally do.
Thanks for listening!