|M&A has done a good job of the transfer. My private source for this concert was actually in poorer sound than M&A. However after some re-EQ and processing I have ended up with a little more open and natural upper end. Their patch of the last three minutes of the third movement is superior amd matches more closely in sound than the one I got from using NE.
NE Mono and sort of muddy. Opening statement missing
My first impression of the penultimate concert Pathetique wasn't all that favorable, mainly because I read critics say that "he wasn't all there". But after a couple of listens, what I discovered was yes, there were a couple of sloppy sections of ensemble, and no the performance was not the clear, clean, driven performance with all the sentimental slop removed that the official recording is either praised or loathed for. It is one of sadness, resignation, and loss but also a show of great power that he and the orchestra must have keenly felt knowing that they were at an end.