The disc is EMI's budget CD, but the performances included here are of highest quality. In fact I've never come across any performances that come so close to Chopin's ideal - the fragile beauty, the shimmering tone colours, the noble poetry and the heart-felt intimacy of Barenboim's playing reminds me of what Chopin's contemporaries described of his pianism. I've got dozens of CDs of 24 Preludes, but this is the one I always come back to for its radiant beauty that only comes from a self-effacing, sincere heart.
The disc is very genourously filled, not only with 24 Preludes, but also with breath taking rendition of Op.45 Prelude, Berceuse, Polonaise-Fantasie, Variations in A (Souvenir de Paganini), and Introduction & Variations on a theme from Herold's Ludovic (Variations brillantes). Almost 75 minutes of gorgeous piano playing no pianophiles can resist! Beautifully recorded in stereo, 1973&76.