Chopin's "Etudes" are the greatest works written for the piano, and Louis Lortie performs them with extraordinary skill and power. He is the ultimate interpreter of Chopin, a pianist of unmatched technique and sensitivity. His monumental reading of the eleventh and twelfth etudes in Op. 12 are worth the price of the CD many times over. Unblurred pedaling, rapid but flawlessly clean octave runs, and pure legato playing of impossible-to-connect arpeggios are only a few of the many aural joys awaiting the listener. Virtually a fiber-optic connection to the musical mind of Chopin. Buy this one!