although I don't totally agree, I can see that he's more interested in >presenting a coherent set of 24 than a series of individual gems. I think that's >a strength, not a weakness.
The " coherent " approach may be a valid one, but the individual pieces must still be interesting , on their own merits,at least as much a concern as how they fit into the whole , on balance not often for me here. I dont know the history very well, but am of the impression the Ballades, Scherzi,Etudes,other sets were not designed to be played as a whole set, and in any event I remain unconvinced the brevity of the individual Preludes indicates a different treatment. But of course, this is Sokolov playing,not some amateur from Iowa,and his treatment of the Bach 2nd Partita , both whole and in parts, is wonderful.