I have enjoyed hearing Beethoven's violin concerto played with a chamber orchestra accompaniment since I bought Frank Peter Zimmermann's performance with the ECO back in the late 1980's. This disc gives you a great performance from soloist and orchestra with very good balanced sound. The soloist is neither too spotlit or recessed. This is very different from your regular big band Beethoven but all the better for it. While the coupling may not be to everyone's taste at least it's different from the run of the mill. I prefer this Beethoven to Janine Jansen's (with the same orchestra) due to its more natural recording balance. Very enjoyable disc from a wonderful soloist and orchestra.