I've never understood the neglect of this magnificent set, IMO every bit as good as those of Liszt, and one of the pinnacles of Russian romantic repertoire. Rather surprised that a pianist like Hamelin, Hough, Demidenko, or Berezovsky, to name some, has't provided a benchmark recording yet. Kentner's is outdated and fallible, and Scherbakov's, for all its technical mastery, seems a bit diffident.
Great job you are doing here ! I did not hear anything out of order, a very good and accomplished performance, good sound too for a live recording. Some time ago someone else submitted this etude too, but never came back to introduce himself.
This is on the site, please check if all is ok. If you can provide a Liapounov biography and maybe some blurb about these etudes, trhat would be appreciated (it's sort of the rule, when someone brings in a new composer).
I actually discovered these etudes through Kentner's recording, and adored it! I think there are actually two Kentner recordings and one is supposed to be much better than the other, though I'm going purely from memory in saying that. I'm not sure what I think of Scherbakov's recording of this; it's technically very impressive but I find it a bit curt and prefer a more languid approach. I believe Piers Lane has some of these etudes in his repertoire, but I don't know if he plays the full set.
I don't like my playing in the passagework section after the big climax; it's insufficiently fluid and not terribly clean. I recall losing a bit of focus after getting through the climactic section, which is really rather tricky - it's hard enough to get around the notes, nevermind control them. Still, such things happen and there are plenty things I do like about the recording.
I'll work on a biography and write up the etudes over the weekend; I'll post it in this thread when I have it done. I'll let you choose which transliteration of Liapunov's name to use - I'm never terribly clear about what is the most appropriate.