I'm not totally happy with the first half...I'm much happier with the second half...
I think this at least partly reflects the weakness of the composition itself. This sort of piece can be a bit "waffly", and the first half doesn't have any clear structure. It's because of such issues that Liszt's work has remained mainstream while Thalberg and others are a little obscure (but certainly worth playing from time to time).
Yes, I absolutely agree. The first half is a bit "pick and mix" and I've never been convinced by it from a compositional perspective. Liszt was certainly better at tieing together unrelated material in a coherent form.
Regarding the performance itself: you're getting through an impresive quantity of notes, and it's mostly accurate and cohererent. I'd like to hear still more emphasis on the melodic lines, and the accompanying figures more in the background.
The repeated note variation is probably the hardest for keeping the accompaniment quiet (and correspondingly the least successful in that respect in my recording!). There's a flub in the second page of the theme and variations, during the right hand scales in thirds, where the melody gets lost.
By the way, do you know if these scores are still in print anywhere? I know that they can be obtained from the IMSLP web site (there are quite a few Thalberg works there), but I've never seen them elsewhere.
I ordered my copy from Musica Obscura in America (they have quite a lot of material of this ilk, e.g. Tausig, the Alkan transcription of Beethoven 3, etc). However you have to bear in mind that in return for the cost plus shipping, all you're really getting is the IMSLP sheets stapled together within a yellow cover; it's the exact same edition. I can't actually find a website for them, but this: http://www.burtnco.com/Home/tabid/62/Ca ... ductName#a
should give you access to their catalogue should you wish to look further.
Thanks for taking the time to listen and comment.