Gah, I don't like the way you reduce (the young) Beethoven to a foolish king of sforzandos and sparkle.
Although you are right about the tameness of the first movement, I hadn't expected such a simplification. I know you aren't that simple-minded!
It's not simple-minded to use descriptive words and generalizations. It's right on the mark. We don't all have the time necessary to analyze a recording thorougly by describing where you should use more staccato, more legato, less pedal, better crescendoes, etc...You should just be glad that someone listened and cared to comment.
Oh, sorry, I guess I was unclear. With "simplification", I was only referring to the Beethoven thing.
Thank you for your observations! Now you mention it, I hear that sound, too. It's one of these Windows pop-up sounds that appeared when I was taking the recording from the digital to the computer. I'll pay more attention next time. You really have sensitive ears, it seems!
I didn't want to sound too serious, particularly when saying "foolish king" or whatever. Pure exaggeration! I was simply a bit annoyed and maybe offended when you wanted "fun and sparkle" in such a lyrical movement while seemingly referring to the old "young Beethoven" stereotype: a powerful guy with wild hairs, playing sforzandi all the time etc. Of course, there's something true about that, but you should remember he was also a professional musician and I think one should therefore seperate the works and the composer's character, mostly
. Same for any other composer, imho. Not every emotion in a nocturne by Chopin has its equivalent in the composer itself. So even a young composer seeking for attention and applause can sometimes cold down and write something lyrical and non-impressive.
It's difficult to explain that in English for me so it's my fault if you cannot follow me. I just hope you can.