Jim,Yep, the choice is huge. I've ordered this Kempff recording:-
Thanks to everyone who offered their advice.
Heard Polini play this live the other day at the New Royal Festival Hall (which after the upgrades sound fantastic! you could hear a pin drop whilst an orchestra is playing - that is how good the acoustics are!). Anyways, Polini did make a few mistakes and took a while to get warmed up... He does have a more classical sense of style, very controled and poised... very even handed and doesn't add too much flowering to the piece.My vote would got to Pollini/Bohm/Vienna Phil. In fact the whole set is a top recommendation.
Does anyone want this lp? It's free but you'll have to collect it as it's fragile. It looks like it's made out of the same stuff as the old 78's so I don't fancy posting it. You may be able to make other arrangements. The only condition is that it goes to someone who wants to enjoy it. I've given good stuff away before only to find out that the recipient has flogged it on and that upsets me. That's why I asked if it was worth anything. I have a lot of other classical lp's which I'm prepared to give away. If you let me know what you like, I'll see what I have. Same proviso, only ask if you want the enjoyment of listening to them. Si.I've just had a look through my classical collection and I have this concerto played by Wilhelm Backhaus with Clemens Krauss conducting the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra. It's on the Decca label (ffrr) and must be early fifties. It could do with a clean but it looks very acceptable. It's playing now and sounds rather good for a fifty year old lp. Is it worth anything? Si.