This might be the greatest recording of the Beethoven 7 ever made. It's not studio sound, of course, because it's a live recording; but the compensation is ample. The LSO plays with commanding viruosity and style and spirit. Haitink's concept of the symphony is genuinely fresh and utterly convincing, but never stroppily or pointlessly new-fangled. One feels almost there in the Barbican Hall. It's simply thrilling.
The Triple Concerto is less graceful than some performances (I'm thinking of the Oistrakh, Rostopovich, Richter recording with the Berlin Philharmonic and, oddly enough for grace, Karajan). But, again, one gets real character here and the whole gels, thanks to the rapport between the excellent soloists and Haitink's ever-present sense of structure and drive. Nikolitch is as sweet and Hugh as muscular as ever, but I was particularly impressed, actually, by the lovely sounds made by Lars Vogt's piano.
My advice: buy it. In fact, buy them all. You'd be mad to miss this inspirational Beethoven cycle.