I was wondering what the general thought is behind preparing symphonic pieces for an audition for band at a University. The pieces have already been chosen, so what I am considering is whether to somewhat strictly follow the sheet music given, or if I should take recordings into consideration (assuming they are credible).
For example, one of the pieces I'm preparing is Beethoven's 9th symphony on timpani. Throughout the piece, the tempo markings seem to be quite a bit higher than several credible recordings I have looked up. Or in certain places there are small breaks or pauses for lift that I could incorporate.
Would it be wise to go by the recordings? My apprehension is that the auditioneer might not have heard the same recordings as I, so he might mistake my "musicality" for not following the music correctly.