This recording of the Preludes, Barcarolle, and AS&GPB exhibits high craft. Next to it, Argerich's account, while very good and interesting, must yield. Zayas has the passion of Argerich but the control of Pollini. Paradoxical, I suppose, but ever so true. Harold Schonberg reviewed this CD along with Louis Lortie's recording of much the same music (see J/A American Record Guide). Here's some of what he had to say: "She filters Chopin's notes through a fertile mind, with a very personal but never overdone kind of romanticism that looks back to the great pianists of a previous age. . . . Zayas is an extraordinary pianist. Next to her Lortie, even with his brilliant technique and excellent musicianship, sounds rather pale. His phrasing is accurate but tight-too literal for these volatile pieces. Both pianists enjoy superb recorded sound. Put your money on Zayas." There you have it from the former senior critic of the New York Times. Not convinced? Perhaps the fact that Zayas's recording of the Etudes (M&A CD891) was declared to be the best Etudes recording of the century will persuade even the most skeptical.