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Best of the Rest.,
By A Customer
This review is from: Chopin: Etudes Op 10 & Op 25 (Audio CD)
This was the first recording of the Etudes I listened to. Since then, I have ploughed through the offerings of Berezovsky, Ashkenzay (the earlier version), Cortot and Zayas. I have absolutely no doubt whatsoever that the finest recording of these pieces is by Juana Zayas (an unknown argentinan pianist). Pollini plays these pieces 'straight' and if you want to add on the extras frills in your imagination then this CD may be to your liking. Cortot plays the notes he wants to, and I've never liked his playing (!), while Berezovsky offers (in general) a more lyrical view of these pieces. Pollini gets 5 stars but get Zayas's recording...