Sorry to enter the discussion so late, but you have played this with much more nuance than I have heard before. Cudos! This is a cohesive performance.
I know that for quite a while you were getting frustrated because the lot of us had this criticism and that criticism. But you have listened and found the things that work for you and incorporated them. BTW, I'm not listening with score in hand. I'm the type that I only get the score out when something sounds odd. Even on unfamiliar pieces, if it seems to make sense aurally, I am willing to enjoy it, regardless of errors.
Thank you, Scott! I believe we all learn. I agree with you: I have one version of this piece for voice and piano and... I prefer my version. The left hand issue I have mastered by not trying to play more lighlty, but simply by knowing how it should sound and trying to achieve that sound.
Even in thisp piece I noticed after that there was one interval (not chord) that could have beed softer, but then I was following the score when it said that the interval should have been accented.
I agree with the score idea: I do the same as you.
Also I changed the microphone position: this seems to produce a fuller sound, while at the same time not being as loud.