Ligeti is a modern genius, akin to Beethoven because he is always looking through the leaks of time, finding music that lasts forever.
You play the hell out of this piece! (Would that be a requirement for a successful interpretation of this piece?
) Great job, and great, no doubt difficult, work. You should be proud.
Your recording has such great intensity, brooding mystery, dynamic contrast, and rhythmic understanding... most important it has great atmosphere. Ligeti was a master of atmosphere, and no doubt this was one of his main concerns.
I've never studied the piece, and certainly have no authority, but I'll try to make some comments and criticisms... "All of the true things I am about to tell you are shameless lies"-Bokonon
This piece is really hard to jump into from nothingness... you do it very well. One of my immediate reactions was that you might be doing your crescendo a bit too fast, and not reaching a high enough peak. We may differ in opinion here, but try a bit of a slower crescendo with a louder peak. Of course you know, Ligeti was a revolutionary of dynamic marking... intentionally of course (bar 23, ffffff?). He wanted to explore the pianos timbral and musical limits. So go crazy when it is clear that you should
Then bar 26 is really a different world, isn't it? What do you make of it? I just love the thick, low harmonies. The temporal relations of the rhythms seem a bit rushed here... I think both you and the listener (maybe) could make more sense of it if it went slower. A clear ABA'... and I think that the B section could stand out much more... besides I like it played more slowly.
I always imagined the piece in a bit of a strage way in regards to the ABA':
Imagine yourself as a passenger in a car. The piece starts and you are looking at the trees or buildings at a right angle to the direction of motion (out the side window). The trees go by so quickly that they seem blurred. Then (at the B section) you instantly look directly ahead of you... everything becomes more rational, images are easier to decifer. While you are still in the same vehicle, your perspective has changed.
Wonderful job, ONE of the BEST recordings I have heard on this site... and that isn't because Ligeti is one of my favorite composers... it is because Ligeti speaks directly through you. I know this as an absolute truth. ("All of the true things I am about to tell you are shameless lies")