Tuning and pitch really are just floating in space, and utterly, completely dependent on our point in time, and our point of view.
A really interesting comparison of the opening of Beethoven’s E flat major in Eroica, performed throughout the last century by a varriety of excellent orchestras.
Maybe Einstein had it right after all. Everything – especially music – is relative.
So – which version in the above collection of Eroica openers is best? Does it matter? Are any “wrong”? These are all really interesting questions that I’ll let the “musicologists” haggle out.
As for me, I’ll just say that I love Beethoven, and although I enjoy some performances more than others, most that I’ve been to have been competent enough to give me pleasure. And maybe that’s all that really matters in the end.