Sorry, this just won't do. A very disappointing performance from both master musicians. Vengerov is a superb violinist, but he's out of his depth here, which I feel may be as a result of Rostropovich's conducting and or influence. The pace is slow and unmelodic, dynamics and phrasing highly questionable. Rostropovich plods along like he has nothing better to do, too much ritornando, all over the place (has he seen the score?). Vengerov's cadenzas are questionable too......show off by all means, but let's keep the identity of the music. The lovely 2nd movement is played with no feeling, emotion or love for the music, just notes on a sheet of paper. If you want a recording on how this magnificent concerto is to be played, please buy a recording featuring a violinist who can play this concerto such as Perlman, Mutter, Zehetmair, Tetzlaff, Oistrakh or Kremer and a conductor who knows how to present Beethoven. Give Vengerov to Barenboim, Haitink, Zinman, Harnoncourt or Rattle and we would have a much better, sound, authentic recording. The romances unfortunately are not much better. Dynamics, phrasing, melody all thrown out, stripped of any musical interpretation. A very poor performance from all concerned.