do we really need another recording of Beethoven Violin Concerto? Yes! This one
Last year I raved about Patricia Kopatchinskaja (and Peter Eotvos!) wonderful recording of a trio of Hungarian violin concertos from Bartok, Eotvos, and Ligeti, and said that her terse violing playing was perfect for contemporary music.
Her playing seems to work with Beethoven romantic music as well! She does not have the beautiful sweet sound that, for example, Hahn produces in her recording with Zinman, but the purity and delicacy of Ms K playing in the Larghetto is something to be heard and thanks to the usual top-notch engineering from Naive you do hear it all in spades. The band is the Orchestre des Champs Elysees directed by Philippe Herreweghe. If you are worried about gut strings and extreme tempi, fear not: the orchestra playing is not very different than you may have heard under Toscanini or Szell, which, for me, is a big compliment!
What cadenza does she use in the 1st movement?