You often assume what's hard for you must be equally hard for everyone else....
If you go back and read carefully what I said, you'll see.
"I was going to comment on that too, if Carey hadn't first.
It isn't merely "relatively" what you said.
It's very hard technically.
The "relatively" applies only if, well, if you're not counting the hard parts. ha
And really we come across that a fair amount when people talk about how hard a piece is. Like, what about the D-flat major Nocturne? It's not that hard..... well, except for that one place. grin
I've often played the Fantaisie at the same time that I was playing the F minor Ballade, and to me they're comparably difficult -- the Fantaisie is just about as hard technically.
And the Fantaisie is "scarier," because unlike the Ballade, there are places where because of the technical difficulty you can go straight to he11 (the octave-leaping-in-opposite-directions parts and the jagged triplets parts). In the Ballade, you only fall on your face."
And then later:
"I feel like asking "How adventurously did you play them?" but let's not get personal. ha
So, I'll just say:
It depends how one plays them.
Often those passages are played in a way that I would call tame, careful -- taking as much time as needed to make sure you get those octaves that are at the outer margins, especially the last one. And then, sure, it's not that hard.
I think they should sort of explode. And that's when they become hard, and perhaps terrifying, like a highwire without a safety net.And then, well, I would be surprised if they're not hard for virtually everybody."
I think almost anyone reading those posts would agree with me about your assuming what's difficult for you must be equally difficult for everyone else.