Originally Posted by Violinist
Koji... I was talking to a violinist acquaintance of mine whose touring as a pretty big soloist right now, and we discussed how shitty 99.9% of piano transcriptions of orchestra parts are. Concertos with piano can be such a chore to listen to sometimes. I wish someone would start working on doing much better transcriptions of concertos (I'm talking about the violin rep). Someone with chops could pull off a much richer texture because right now some of them just sound awful.
I heard someone do a transcription of the Mozart Dies Irae, that was really cool.
I know; in addition to sounding bad, those "transcriptions" are also painfully awkward to play. On the rare occasion when I had the time and inclination to actually work on them well, I did some touch-up things and re-writing to help out (because so many of them aren't actually written by very good pianists).
A transcription of the Mozart Requiem I think has been done (not sure by whom), but that's certainly another piece that merits a serious rendering.