We are being deluged with Chopin recordings in this, the bicentennial year of the composer's birth. This one is outstanding among them-in every way! Canadian pianist Louis Lortie has been called "the best pianist no one ever heard of," but that will change, hopefully. I have long been acquainted with his fine recordings of Ravel's piano music, and this Chopin disc is equally good.
His program is a fine one, and his playing shows both taste and splendid technique. His Chopin is wonderfully "natural," by which I mean unmannered; one can actually forget Lortie and pay attention to what the composer is doing musically. The Chandos recording, too, is superb. All Chopin lovers should put this fine recording on their "wish list" for the next holiday--birthday, Christ-mas, or whatever. Bravo!