This is a fabulous recording of Schoenberg's PianoConcerto -- even better than Brendel's DG recording of it (also withGielen), and much better than Pollini's recording with Abbado (whichmarries muddy textures with a dry interpretation). I love the flowing tempi, most especially so in the first movement, where the Wiener Gemutlichkeit really comes through. The last movement's many moods ("life goes on" says Schoenberg, implying a strange mix of carefree-ness and unease) are brought to the fore very vividly. This is a very rich score, with Schoenberg's typically complicated harmonic movement and counterpoint -- but Gielen and Brendel tackle it well, and the end result is surprisingly clear (compare the Pollini-Abbado recording, which is so constricted it gives me headaches!). Ax and Salonen give a marginally more impassioned account of the third movement in their recording (Sony), but don't do as well as Brendel and Gielen overall. This is without a doubt the finest recording of Schoenberg's Piano Concerto currently available. However, let me warn you that Uchida and Boulez are planning to record the piece soon, so it might be worth waiting for that to come out. Judging from Uchida's stellar recording (better than Pollini's!) of Schoenberg's Op. 11 Klavierstucke (in her volume of the "Great Pianists of the 20th Century"), she probably has a lot to say about the Piano Concerto. The Chamber Symphonies? They get good performances here, though the Second Chamber Symphony is a hard one to bring off, and Gielen doesn't completely succeed. But don't be discouraged -- the rest of the disc is wonderful.