Of the numerous complete recordings of the amazing Etude-Tableaux (Op.33 and 39), there are two that stand out: this one, and the interpretation by Ian Hobson. After years of thinking that the Askenazy interpretation was the definitive one (and for years, I guess it was, as it was one of the few available on CD), I discovered these two. The clarity of the exposition of the sweeping melodies and multiple "voices" within each piece is a revelation. Whether because of the recording techniques, the venue, the piano selected, or microphone placement, the sound appears perfectly balanced, with just the right amount of spatial "presence" and tonal depth, with an apparant absence of either muddying background or dry over-damping. Where Mr. Hobson's interpretation is prehaps more thoughtful and deliberate, Mr. Angelich's interpretation is more powerful and passionate, and let's face it: the music of S. Rachmaninoff is nothing if not passionate!