Gutierrez indeed gives an absolutely awesome rendition of this cadenza. He seems to bring more nuance and poetry into it than many others. Maybe it's just a tad too smooth and effortless.... no sense of a titanic struggle, which I think is essential to gargantuan cadenzas like this one and the one in Rach 3.
I remember watching Abdel Rahman-El-Bacha's heroic performance on TV, which won him the Queen Elizabeth 1st prize medal, many moons ago. That was awesome too, IIRC. He sweated like a pig
I agree about Guttierrez. It is very slick (as his Rachmaninov 3rd from Tchaikovsky Competition) and ultimately, misses some real drama/pain/struggle... but still, I like it. IMO, Bolet actually has that drama and internal "devil". I think his version has to be the earliest Prokofiev 2nd ever recorded, is it?
Today I read through the 1st movement of this Concerto. I am not sure at my age I would be able to learn all those notes--I wish I did it when I was 20 years old... The text looks much worse than Rachmaninov 3rd.
P.S. I watched Yuja Wang on youtube:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rooWLGBm ... re=related
I was not impressed. Anything she does, to me all sounds the same and reminds a typewriter. Sad, considering so many by far superior musicians remain unknown...