There is Chopin. There is Ashkenazy. There is the London recording. That combination sounds like it should be excellent. It's not. It's way, way, w-a-y better than that. This is the stuff you stop what you're doing and dream by. Chopin's music is so wonderful in so many ways. Ashkenazy has it in his soul and in his fingers. I cannot imagine any other pianist doing it better. Yes, there are other superb players of this music, and some may equal, but none will better Asheknazy's interepretations and technique. The London recording is, as usual with the Polygram labels, up close and personal. A reviewer said it felt like he was sitting next to Ashkenazy as he played. Oh, to have such an experience. But I have to agree, this is as close as you will come to that. These discs are for me, and will be for you, always close at hand and have a very, very special place in your musical life.