I feel that the previous reviewer was too harsh in awarding only 3 stars purely on the basis of how Pollini plays the Op. 53 Polonaise. I have listened to many versions of Chopin's Piano Concerto No.1 over the years, and remain convinced that this is one of the greatest, if not the greatest, available recording of this work. To my mind, it is an absolutely essential buy for anyone who loves Chopin. The limpid, crystalline beauty of Pollini's tone, particularly in the wonderful Larghetto, is exquisite in its perfection, and the orchestral accompaniment is warm, sensitive and full of tone colour. The 19 minute 1st movement can degenerate into self-indulgence in the hands of lesser pianists, but in Pollini's disciplined hands it is simply magnificent, carrying the listener along in its melodic sweep. If there is a better version of this concerto out there, I'd like to find it (I already have excellent recordings by Ohlsson, Vasary and Rubinstein but none is a match for this).
Pollini's performance of the Op. 15 and Op. 27 Nocturnes is also well-nigh perfect, and completely refutes any notion that his interpretations are cold and clinical. How anyone could say that about his performance of Op. 27 No.2, which surpasses that of Rubinstein (though perhaps not Arrau or Kissin), is a complete mystery to me. And to top it all, the disc also contains what must surely be one of the greatest ever recordings of the Ballade No. 1 in G Minor. Pollini's mid-1990s version of this work is also brilliant, but this one has the edge in my view, despite the slightly inferior sound quality