Despite that I've heard only a handful of Liszt's opera transcriptions (and played only one, the Rigoletto), it seems to me that this one is not among the best of them. There's too much empty rhetoric, and the tunes don't seem all too memorable (that last could be Verdi's fault, some of his tunes are IMO a bit banal). All this being personal taste of course.
Fair points; it certainly doesn't rank amongst the great Liszt transcriptions, but I do have a soft spot for it.
Congratulations on a commanding performance though ! A piece like this is damn hard work, and to sail through it with nothing worse than some slightly less-than-perfect passage work is something to be proud of.
One of Liszt's undoubted gifts, in the showman-pianist-composer department, is his ability to write music that sounds harder than it is. There are tricky corners in this, but much of the writing fits very pleasantly under the hand. I'd sooner tackle this than some of the harder Chopin etudes, that's for sure.
Great sound too, for a live recording.
Helps when you have a spare audiophile to hand for setting up the equipment
Good playing Andrew, especially so as it was in a concert.
I looked in the file header information and noticed that the recording was from an "Edinburgh Fringe transcriptions recital". I didn't realise that the fringe included such concerts. I might be encouraged to visit the fringe sometime in the future if they have piano recitals alongside the student shows.
Yes, it was from a full programme of transcriptions, which was rather hard work. Actually, anyone can perform as long as they pay the relevant fees. There is usually quite a wide range of classical concerts (piano, chamber, etc) listed in the Fringe brochure. Some maybe are student shows, but on occasion you do see some semi-famous names (John Ogdon once played at the Fringe, incidentally). I've done six concerts over the years; it's been valuable experience.