I played a Steinway model D in the masterclass. No extra bass notes, but perhaps the increased resonance from the longer strings and the added resonance from the hall gave it the illusion of "lower" notes?
I seem to remember that there a bass note in this piece which needs an extended piano. In the recital version I heard you going down and then an octave up, as it the lowerst note was not there. In the masterclass version I though you kept going down, as if that was note was there. I could have been mistaken as it sounded a bit raw down there.
You can put whichever version you think is best. I think there are good and bad things about each recording, so I don't really have a preference. I was less prepared for the masterclass; I had been asked to play in it at really short notice and didn't have time to practice it, so I basically played it cold after having not played it in a week (since the recital). But there were a couple embarrassing memory slips in the recital version that I managed to avoid in the masterclass.
I sure did not hear them. Bet if many people would.
I don't think it's mandatory repertoire at all for pianists. But I like this piece a lot, both the original and the Busoni version. I've never heard the Raff piano version, but by looking at the score, some parts of it look really interesting. I might try that in the near future.
No not mandatory, wrong word. Just one of these pieces that all the great virtuosos (especially the Russians, it seems) have on their menu.
By the way, great news, I recently won the Bard Conservatory Concerto Competition playing Brahms' D minor concerto, and will be performing with the American Symphony Orchestra next season! (I'll have to play a different piece, though, because the orchestra already played the Brahms recently.)
Congratulations ! So they let you practise something else just because they just did that concerto !
Probably one of these idiotic union rulez....