Not long ago I received a "sampler" CD put out by Warner of selections from recordings by the pianist Andras Schiff. The final track is the last movement of Beethoven's 4th piano concerto. The sound is open, clear, with brilliant highs and gutsy lows. Hmmm. Quite unlike the original Teldec release, which had a somewhat veiled, soft sound that obscured the precise playing of the string sections of the Dresden Staatskapelle under Haitink. Did this mean that Warner was about to release the entire Schiff/Haintink set of the Beethoven piano concerti in this newly mastered sound? YES! Well, at least in Germany under the label of "Elatus." The price per CD varies in the US, although each can be had at mid or budget price on [...]. Believe me, in this presentation the performances are worth even the full price of a CD Import!
If you have never heard the Schiff/Haitink Beethoven, buy any one of these independently released CDs and find out for yourself that these recordings rank among the best ever of these great concerti. By "best ever" I mean recordings such as those by Fleischer/Szell, Kovacevich/Davis, Perahia/Haitink, and Rubenstein/Leinsdorf, among others of note (happily there are so many!).
Now: go click on "buy" and then scroll up or down to the CDs with Nos. 1 and 2 or No. 5 with the "Apassionata" sonata and click "buy" again - you are not likely to be disappointed.