The four impromtus are Chopin in a lighter mode -- basically salon music. But the three pieces that end this CD are something else. The Barcarolle is one of Chopin's most beautiful creations. The Berceuse is hushed, rapt, almost religious. And the Fantasie in F minor is quite simply one of the master's most masterful inspirations. Beginning with a quasi funeral march, spiralling through deeply-emotional episodes, it is a rollercoaster of a piece that scales the heights and plumbs the depths of the soul.
Perahia's playing is beautiful throughout -- light as gossamer when needed and muscular and virile when that is required. He really is one of our most versatile virtuosos, equally at home in Bach, Bartok and Chopin. Highly recommended.