This is quite simply a great performance of some of Chopin's most beloved pieces! As always Mr. Kissin amaze with his great virtuosity which is unmatched by any of his contemporary colleages. This is also clearly reflected in his interpretation of Chopin's music. Mr. Kissin prefers drama and passion rather than poetry and inner peace. Therefore this recording may not appeal to listeners that prefer the more subtle and pensive interpretations, like those of Cortot and Rubinstein. The weakest part of the recording are the Preludes where Mr. Kissin, in my opinion, misses some major points in several of the slower pieces. For instance no. 7 in A Major which is played much too fast. On the other hand the interpretation of the more brilliant pieces like nos. 16, 18, 22 and 24 are just electrifying! The keystone on this record is the b flat minor Sonata. Mr. Kissin communicates this difficult and dramatic piece in a truely mature, remarkable and convincing way, which is quite amazing considering the pianist's young age! Especially the Marche Funebre is of great beauty. The slow tempo of this movement, which I believe has never been heard before, might seem odd at first, but makes sense as part of a whole. Quite simply breathtaking! It bears comparison with the recordings of Pollini and Rubinstein! I would highly recommend this recording to anyone looking for a new and different approach to one of the greatest piano composers.