More fool those who gave this lukewarm reviews
The British classical music press seemed to think this recording warranted only a cool reception. In such a crowded market, you could initially be forgiven for thinking this was fair enough. Then you hear the recording for yourself, and your opinion is changed. Mine certainly was. Had I heeded certain reviewers, this utter gem of a performance would never have had the opportunity to spend such an inordinate and entirely justified amount of time playing through my PC speakers. Granted, this may not be the recording to unseat a giant such as the recording on DG made by Jochum, but it's more than able to stand its ground and deserves (and rewards) repeated listening. Highly recommended.