I should add that the EMI/Pappano recording is issued on 3 CDs in good stereo sound, with a bonus DVD Video with the whole work with libretto in 5-1 Dolby Digital (which sounds fairly dreadful, in my opinion, with aggressive placing of the voices). But others may be happy with it, and it's churlish to condemn something that is apparently a bonus at no extra cost!
I don't think I'll be adding another version to my collection (Furtwangler, Bohm - I'm afraid the Solti LPs went years ago) - but I found this a riveting and insightful hour.
Yes, I thought Roger Vignoles did an excellent job - we should be wary of assuming that just because a performer is noted for one area of the repertory, they're not also keen/knowledgeable on something entirely different.
The extracts from the Kleiber/Price/Kollo recording really impressed me. And this is already available at a low price, so I feel a purchase coming on...
I intend to live forever - so far, so good.
Thank you! And the dog has an excellent price on the new Ivan Fischer Schubert 9, whose extracts sound particularly lovely (listenable over at Presto: I've spent quite enough at this latter location not to feel a twinge of guilt at occasionally shopping elsewhere...).