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All I can say is I was expecting more from Bernstein, Stern, Szell and the orchestras on this recording. Szell, whose versions of the Prokofiev piano concertos are the absolute standard, fell short with this recording. The Slatkin is just so much better. The Slatkin has power and purpose and tension and drama. This one falls flat. Bernstein's Violin concerto is a clumsy mess compared to the Hahn/Wolff/St Paul Chamber version. The Bernstein version seems to be concentrating on the trees and forgetting about the forest. Individual instruments from the orchestra are highlighted at the expense of the whole orchestral sound. As a result, the concerto seems to always be stopping and starting. Never gaining any traction. The Hahn version moves fluidly and beautifully along. It is crisp, clear-eyed, and meaningful. It's almost as if the previous generation didn't take Barber seriously. And now, with the more recent recordings, those involved with playing his music are giving it the respect it deserves.