I'm about to leave myself open to countless criticism but I was never that impressed with the Dennis Brain/Karajan recording. It's a recording I've heard many times (let's face it - it's hard to miss if you're a regular listener to BBC Radio 3!) but it's never made me feel 'involved' in the music. This newcomer does.
I think I'm correct in saying that these pieces seem to have fallen out of favour by 'big name' conductors so it's a real credit to Claudio Abbado that he's broken the mould and chosen a superb player to realise this recording.
The solo playing is extremely musical (as one would expect) but it's underlined by the terrific support given by Abbado and his Orchestra. There's never a feeling of having settled into a tempo and being to prepared to simply go through the motions. This makes the music seem better than it actually is. (The Horn concertos never really hit the heights of the piano concertos or the great Sinfonia Concertante after all).
Simply put this disc on, pour a glass of wine and ENJOY them!