Funny, I couldn't disagree with you more again, Robert.
Okay, let's break it down.
Well, I disagree with you Chaotica as one must keep in mind that all Beethoven's Sonatas are individual composition and should not be played the same way or manner.
Strange, I didn't say anything opposed to that. You want to make a clear distinction between the early and the late sonatas here, right?
The first Sonatas are all dedicated to Haydn and that should be kept in mind when making the interpretation. Haydn's music is not dynamic and filled with rubato but rely on the musical content itself, the notes so to speak. When playing Haydn, one should just play the notes as they are and remember that the invention of the piano came in the later part of his life and he played most of the music on harpsichord.
I don't get your point. Beethoven dedicated these sonatas to Haydn because he was his pupil. That doesn't mean that any of Beethoven's works should be interpreted as it was one of Haydn. Beethoven even stated once - in his earlier years, of course - that he hadn't learned a thing from Haydn (I can't give you a source now, but Andras Schiff mentions this in his lectures on Beethoven's sonatas).
Besides that, I think that all movements of this F minor sonata except the second one were simply avantgarde stuff in 1795. This has nothing to do with Haydn's harpsichord music. I must admit that don't know Haydn's music very well, but look at the Prestissimo movement here: I for my part cannot see why one should play this just like Haydn or Mozart. Beethoven clearly makes use of all the new possibilities that the piano offered: dynamics, larger tone spectrum etc.
With this in mind, Setrak's interpretation is actually very correct and in my ideas, an excellent interpretation of the young Beethoven.
It is a very good recording, that I respect, but I cannot like it as much as Setrak's recordings because it is always nearly 100% in time. This itself is an amazing achievement, but it isn't what a pianist with these abilities should be aiming for. It's just not very enjoyable, imho.