UPDATE: Be sure to read the comment from Emiellucifuge .. and my response.
It’s fascinating to compare “Transcriptions” of one great composers work, with the “original.” Here are just two examples: Liszt on Beethoven and Chopin on Mozart. Beethovens’ 5th Symphony – first movement. Yeah .. yeah – I know. We’ve all heard it a million times! Still interesting to see what Liszt did with it. And here’s Liszt. I just can’t see the point! To “render” such a masterwork and not really do anything with it. I don’t think it’s the pianist at fault (Glenn Gould) … just wondering why Liszt bothered.
liszt transcription of Beethoven’s 5th Symphony Alegro-con-brio
And then Chopin gives his interpertation on Mozart.
First here’s Mozart’s La di darem la mano from Don Giovanni
la ci darem la mano
Then here are 4 variations Chopin composed for it. At least he did something with the theme! … played around a bit with it!
variation-iii sempre sostenuto
variation ii veloce ma accuratamente
variation i brillante