Beethoven Emperor Concerto, Serkin 38:13Download
This is a wonderful recording of the Emperor concerto - Serkin grew up in Vienna after all, and had married the daughter of Adolf Busch of the famous eponymous quartet - so he had a sense of the stature and creativity of the work. It was probably further moulded in the US with a more modern approach. I am still amazed at the way in which the music of Beethoven, especially in this work, has such simple arpeggios and scales, but seems to have this incredibly majestic and universal meaning. I heard Radu Lupu play it in London a few weeks ago (December 2009) and was enchanted by the massive power achieved through such straightforward chordal progressions. It is uncanny how powerful the music is when the structure is so straightforward.