I've just listened to this programme. I was feeling exactly like you, LMP... I was thinking 'what a boring piece'... that is, until the Tetzlaff/ Andsnes reading of the slow movement was played. They and the Florestans seemed to inject the piece with real expressive interest - either that, or the slow and last movements are just more interesting than the first two.
Originally Posted by LeMartinPecheur
Very well-presented BAL, I thought. Interesting. Not sure that the Russians who were chosen for top spot quite did it for me like the two versions I just mentioned, based on the extracts chosen. Well worth a listen tomorrow to see. And I like the sound of the couplings on that DG set, esp the fascinating-sounding Fauré piano quartet with dear old Rudolf Barshai on viola. I'd never heard of the existence of that...
"The isle is full of noises... Sounds, and sweet airs, that give delight and hurt not"
The Tempest, Act III scene 2 ll 148-9