Murray Perahia demonstrates on his new CD that it's possible to make Beethoven boring. I swear I fell asleep halfway through the first movement of Op. 26, the first sonata on the set. I sampled a few other tracks, including most of the "Pastoral," Op. 28, but no go.
I felt this way about his Mozart piano concerto series back in the 1980s, too. I really don't understand how he does it. I admire the tone and touch on the Beethoven CD, and I can hear that he's trying for some interesting phrasing, but....zzzzzzzzzzz. He just can't hold my attention. How does he do it?
I need a good stiff dose of Kovacevich now. Or St. Artur, or Eric Heidieck, or Yves Nat or Bruno Gelber or Annie Fischer or....you get the point.