"This is just exquisite Chopin. I have never heard anyone play the piano like this! I have heard that Chopin's contribution is unique in that he made the piano sing! I have listened to some great pianists like Rubinstein, Perahia, Ashkenazy. They all sound grand, magnificent. Where is the song? Here Ms Biret demonstrates the singing of the piano like no other pianist has done.
"I just put this CD on my player and was attending my usual chores. I could notice that this piano sounded different. But, five minutes into the first Rondo I had to dump everything and just listen to the beautiful playing full of tenderness and longing. Quite the same with the pieces that followed - just heavenly! Ms Biret has a deep insight for Chopin's works as is evident from her excellent notes in the CD sleeve. She clearly explains how Chopin's piano works are different from Liszt's and require a different approach. Liszt's piano represents an orchestra whereas Chopin's piano represents a human voice and hence much more intimate. Accordingly, she says she has toned down the sonority of the piano to facilitate legato playing! She has executed this perfectly!
"Other great pianists have given us their wonderful recordings, but, Ms Biret has brought Chopin to my drawing room! Just a note of caution to learned listeners. You may have your favourite versions of Chopin. Don't miss this one! Do not stop with the first listening! Give it more time. You will be richly rewarded!"