Anyone who's read my other reviews will note that I love violin music and players. I also don't like writing negative reviews, however, this time I'll make an exception.
Let's start with the good stuff. The Beethoven concerto is, at best, an adequate performance. It's pretty much in tune and his tone is OK. However, listen to Itzhak Perlman, Isaac Stern or Ida Haendel to discover what is missing in Garrett's performance. The 3 players mentioned all speak warmly on the accompanying dvd about his technique and musical ability but, somewhere in this recording, his 'genius' seems to have got watered down.
His performance of the Beethoven is just lacking in the sheer interest that great players DEMAND of their listeners. Garrett's recording would be ok for say, chopping vegetables or ironing but not for someone wanting an uplifting spirtiual experience.
As for the Kreisler works, well, try listening to HIS old recordings to hear what great violin playing is all about. To mention Garrett and Kreisler in the same breath is sacreligious
By all means listen to it on an ipod whist travelling or put it on shuffle between rock and rap music but don't file it beside any of the other great masters who have recorded this piece.