Andre Watts is a gifted pianist ; and this recording might be an exception, or perhaps the music did not speak to him.
I thought I heard the most boring La Campanella, the piece that usually brings tears to my eyes, the harmonic progressions in this bravura music really give me goosebumps. Watts' interpretation sounds sort of thin, short on bells, actually, no fireworks, no champagne in his music. He hit a couple of wrong notes in la Campanella and took a wrong accord in La Chasse. I don't mind the wrong notes, Rubinstein had plenty of them, it just did not sound like the Liszt I am used to listening. From the contemporaries, I like Kissin. I guess it is a matter of taste.