Thanks, Stuart and David.
I found this piece very entertaining. I'm not familiar with the opera, and so have no idea how much arranging was required by Leschetizky, but it's a very smooth piece.
IMHO, a few flubs in a live recording are just part of life. You played this really well - and I think you've carved a bit of a 'niche' for yourself with these transcriptions.
I'm not familiar with the original either, but I have played Liszt's setting of the same scene a long time ago (albeit having made a few textual alterations of my own) - the Leschetizky is not that dissimilar to the Liszt apart from being for just one hand! I agree the flubs are part of life, I just didn't expect them to be where they were.
I watched the video and thought your playing to be superb. Regarding the two wayward notes you mention: In the context of a difficult piece for one hand, they are unimportant and did not distract. You played the piece with true artistry which is important. Marvelous!
Over the years I've read a lot about Leschetizsky but never knew that he wrote an operatic transcription.
The wrong notes do nag me. I don't think the piece is exceptionally hard - not trivial of course, before I started on it I was looking at the Godowsky "Tristesse" Etude (i.e. Chopin 10/3 for l.h. only) and I thought it was significantly harder. On the other hand, I am quite pleased with managing to incorporate expression, phrasing and voicing into it - for the short period of time I've had to work on it, that aspect went gratifyingly well and I only really lost the melody a couple of times.
Re a "niche" with these transcriptions, indeed I have managed to make a "fully professional" (my teacher's words, not mine) CD of them
, and in a sense I'm now in the early stages of trying out material for a potential second recording.