Top positive review
on 26 April 2017
The slow tempi in the first movement has made lots of headlines in this version, but I take the view it is good to have diversity in performance and this is certainly an interesting alternative to many more traditional recordings, even if the ultra 'Romantic' first movement will be too indulgent for some. Whilst my Perlman/Barenboim version is still number one for me it is still good to hear different ways of performing this magnificent work.
I was lucky enough recently to see Anne-Sophie Mutter perform live (with the LPO) and, some 35 years later she again presented a slow first movement culminating in a cadenza played as almost a fantasy. It was fascinating, brought a fresh focus on this, perhaps Beethoven's crowning achievement, and brought the audience to it's feet.
The recording quality is good and the balance is a natural one.