This disc, particularly well recorded in 2007 in what seems to be an ideal acoustic, amounts to a very fine issue indeed in a very competitive field.
A great deal of the success of this disc is the evident partnership established between the soloist and the members of the orchestra whereby a great deal more than usual of the important musical dialogues can be clearly heard, especially with the woodwind. This is the result of extra rehearsal time spent on that perceived need and of the excellent recorded balance that allows such dialogue to be heard without artificial balancing.
Imogen Cooper herself is world renowned for her playing of the Classical repertoire especially and is frequently praised for her lyrical and poetic style of playing. This should not be confused with the sort of expressiveness that leads to wayward tempi or phrasing. On the contrary, her approach to this music is tightly structured but delivered with subtlety of touch. The cadenzas of both concertos are by Brendel on this occasion.
The short Fantasia is delivered with the same attention to detail as the concertos and is another good example of her piano style as described above.
I would therefore suggest that if this program appeals, this disc certainly deserves to be considered along with the best for purchase. The are two other discs in the series so far and both of those exhibit the same qualities too.