Amphissa wrote:I think perhaps you are confusing virtuosity with musicality. The current-day expectation that the longest and most difficult version of a work must be played, and that cuts or alternate versions are an indication of inadequacy, is a product of reviewers and "critics" picking nits, and competition. It is not necessarily an issue of inherent "worth".
No, that's not it at all. I wholeheartedly agree that speed and virtuosity for its own sake do not equal music. My preference for the long cadenza is just that -- a preference that has nothing to do with any critical review or written opinion. It is my own feeling that it works better musically. As I mentioned before, it could be a result of my having been exposed to that version first (in my extreme youth), but now I don't think so. Had I heard a good performance of the short one first and was then exposed to the long one, I think the outcome would have been the same.