Anything by Fiorentino
(anything!). His series of "early" recordings on APR finds him in astonishing form. Unique on disc. Handily, many of these APRs are available on BRO's website.Ovchinnikov
, too, is solid. As is Kocsis
in the third book of Années
And not to forget any live Cziffra
recital disc (studio is pretty good, too).
For the sonata, recs abound (second Richter) but a forgotten gem is an early Bolet
disc from 1961 which captures him in his prime (unlike his Decca series). He's amazingly dexterous but what stands out most is the glimmering quality of his tone - like a high-noon summer sun reflecting off a crystal clear lake. There's more color per square inch here than we often get.
And the first concerto is every
bit as distinctive. Here's the disc on Amazon with a better photo below:
EDIT: here's a link with some samples
For the second concerto I enjoy Katchen
, although I haven't heard his first concerto: