This is a thread where you post CDs that feature awesome, ravishing, breathtaking and exquisite piano transcriptions (and paraphrases). So let other people know about an awesome piano transcription you have discovered while you bought a CD, any CD.
Inevitably Ferenc Liszt would never be too far away here - I particularly like the collection of Rossini trancriptions featuring the 12-part Soirees Musicales and, at the end, the William Tell Overture (on Naxos 8.553961 - played by Kemal Gekic).
I'm also interesting in hearing a transcription/reduction I've seen on the market of Mahler's Das Lied von der Erde. I like the work a lot but find some of it a bit too shrill so I'd like to find out if the atmospherics can still be evoked without an orchestra.
I saw Atamian play the Raphling transcription of the Rite on public television around 1982. Lucky for me, they showed it twice and I recorded the second time (and bought the LP after that, and the CD later still). He started each section composed and dry, and by the time he reached the end of each section, he was so hot that any move of his head sent a spray of perspiration into the air. Incredible performance from a musical standpoint.
Raphling also made a solo piano fantasia on Scheherazade. I picked up the score on my last visit to good old Patelson's in NYC, but haven't ever found a recording of it.
I just can't imagine how anyone would rather listen to a poor man's version of the original piece..
I sort of agree. I can't think of any piano transcriptions that I would take instead of the real thing - but they can still be insightful. I do quite enjoy Liszt's transcriptions of the Beethoven symphonies, although some work better on the piano than others.