Hi Monica, I listened to the new versions.
The prelude - I still don't think it's "big" and angry enough, but that I guess is a matter of interpretation, rather than something concrete being wrong.
The etude - definitely improved! Is it a touch faster? I'm not sure. It seems to have more of a lilting dance feel about it.
Hi Andrew. I'm so glad to see you and that you didn't write me off after my dumb post.
Anyway, the prelude - I recorded it right after I recorded the etude and the etude makes my RH hurt a lot. My hand felt like it was on fire while recording the prelude. But even so, I guess I am a weakling; this is the biggest sound I can make. Maybe you can just turn up your speakers?
The etude - yes, it is 20 seconds faster than my previous version. I'm glad to know that it sounds better now.
Really great improvements for both pieces! The etude is definitely much less labored-sounding than your previous recording, and it flows pretty well. Like the above poster I still think your prelude is still too modest sounding, but I find your new recording more convincing than your previous one. The chords at 0:42-ish sound a bit too thin though, especially the first one, which I'm not sure if it is part of the previous phrase or not. A crescendo there might work. The climax is quite delightful however...
Again, congratulations on such a great improvement.
Thank you, Jonathan. I think some of those chords just came down differently than I had planned. But since this version came off with not too many slips, I stuck with this one.