Yes - Bernstein has always taken the first movement of the fifth with weight!
I may agree that the first movement of Symp 5 is under where I hear it, however the playing is done with commitment, and the rest of the symphony is wonderful.
And yes, here Bernstein provides what may be the slowest recorded tempo of the first movement to date (perhaps it's worth it alone for that reason!?) -- however the freshness and vitality that LB and the NYP display on the Fourth Symphony is nothing short of breathtaking!
It's pure Bernstein - it's fresh, it's youthful, it's bliss, it's ecstasy. This is one of the finest takes of Beethoven 4 I know of - which is probably Beethoven's most under-estimated symphony. Bernstein captures the exact character needed to sell this work.
A very exciting read of Egmont as well.
This CD is WORTH THE FOURTH!!