I have to take issue with the previous reviewer. I think that the sound of this BBC recording (live from the Albert Hall in 1961) doesn't do justice to either Richter or Kondrashin and the LSO. I don't own Richter's near-contemporaneous studio recording on Philips, but the Zimerman/Ozawa recording, in mid-1980's digital sound, gives you a clearer picture of this music. The interplay with the orchestra and the texture of the solo playing just don't come across as effectively with Richter and Kondrashin. About five years after this concert, Abbado and Argerich recorded the First Concerto in the studio (also with the London Symphony Orchestra), and that recording remains for me the best of the Firsts -- but if you want both concertos (with the "Totentanz" thrown in for good measure in a good performance), go for Zimerman and Ozawa. In defense of Richter and Kondrashin, I hear nothing wrong with the playing or the pacing -- it's just that in the post-digital now I (for better or worse) ask more of the sound.