I don't think that I had listened to it before, so I listened to it this morning. Really beautiful performance, from a slightly different perspective than I've heard before - very vigorous. It would be interesting and informative to hear what he has to say about the concerto.
Thanks Sarah for the good words.
I would gladly participate in a discussion about the piece, but there's got to be one going on...
In the meantime, here is a little funny story from a concert with Barenboim and Mehta doing the Schumann concerto with the Israel Philharmonic:
Mehta, as he does often, walks on stage waving his hands for the orchestra to start before even stepping on the podium, thus taking Barenboim by surprise, as the concerto starts with just one orchestral "chord" before the piano solo.
Comes 2nd movement, which starts with 4 notes piano solo before the orchestra follows with 4 notes, Barenboim takes his time throwing off Mehta's attention, making believe he's wiping his hands with a handkerchief and then in "retaliation" hardly puts down the handkerchief and starts the 2nd movement without any warning, which caused Mehta to jump out of his skin to signal the orchestra in time... Lucky for Mehta, the orchestra doesn't really need a conductor to know when to come in...