Well, wow... 3 times. Very convincing despite the little roadside accidents. I believe Beethoven would not have minded them too much. The spirit is very much there. The only real criticism I have is that you rather slop the triplets in bar 2, and from 6:08 to 6:13 you seem to play triplets where none are
written. These things should maybe have been corrected, all other mistakes are quite forgivable. For a Frenchman, not bad
I can imagine you giving up on the 3rd and 4th movements. The middle section of the 3rd mvt, and the entire 4th mvt, look like pure hell. Even Scherbakov leaves out a few notes here and there, and takes none of the even more devilish ossia's. I wonder what Alkan would have created had he decided to transcribe Ludwig's symphonies.
Congrats to your hard work and adventurous repertoire ! I think these could well go up on the site despite the fluffs. Anybody disagrees, please step forward.
Thank you Chris ! I am not at home, so I cannot check the triplet issue. Regarding the two last movements, I almost succeeded in playing the third one (in spite of the two pages you mention), but it is really linked with the fourth, which contains some unattainable peaks (for me at least). I guess they are hardly playable on Liszt's time Erard grands, who had a very light keys with a small depth, not like my Yamaha ! Also, you probably need to practice 6 hours per day including 2 of pure technique to be really at ease in such acrobatic pieces...
While I am admiring your performance, especially your large dynamics, I am much sceptical about the musical interest of such piano transcriptions, even played by great pianists, at our time when everybody can listen to orchestral performances. The piano sounds so small when compared to this
However congratulations for your effort and have a joyeux Noël !
Your point is interesting. Actually, I purchased the scores 25 years ago during a trip in Poland (at this time the music scores was very cheap for us). When I came back home, I tried to read some parts, and I found the transcriptions overloaded with octaves, thirds; quite a decadent music, so I put them in a cabinet and forgot them during decades. But when I heard Tcherbakov at the radio, I was just caught: how such a wounded music like Beethoven 5th could be rejuvenated by a single man with our instrument that could evoke as well strings as horns, woods, timpanis... Then I have bought his integral (published by Naxos), and I played it many times - especially during long car trips - with always the same fascination.
Actually, the matter of piano vs. orchestra is like black & white vs. color for photos. Do you prefer Mussorgski's Pictures at an exhibition in the piano version or in Ravel's orchestral one ? For me it depends on the moments, but I am sure Liszt added to the world music heritage writing these incredible transcriptions. The only thing is that very few pianists have the ability of playing them...
@ Andrew: thanks for your compliments ! When I am back home, I will listen the other versions, and I'll tell you how I find them as compared to Techerbakov.