"Ohlsson’s Études disc is an impressive collection.... Ohlsson is very good in all of these pieces, though only just makes it through the transition before the recapitulation in Op.10 No.1, that particular moment cropping up at 0:59. Supremely difficult in places, Ohlsson sails through all other technical problems in these pieces with ease, as well as singing warmly in those gorgeously expressive melodic lines such as Op.10 No.3 and No.6. I particularly like his touch in the arpeggiated chords with crowning melody of Op.10 No.11, and there is also great fun to be had in the bounce of Op.25 No.4 and No.9, and in charmingly irregular fashion in No.5, reminding me a little of its appearance on Horowitz’s final recording. TheRead more central pieces of both collections do not disappoint, such as the massively heroic final Op. 10 and Op. 25 études in C minor. The longest of them all; Op.25 No.7 is captivating: just start by listening to the phrasing of that opening solo line, and you may find you’ve heard the whole piece in a trance, woken only by that final low coda and delightfully delayed cadence. Almost in defiance of their unassuming title, the Études hold some of Chopin’s best music, and this recording will not disappoint. The three Nouvelles études are a pleasant bonus, buy don’t add much after the sheer brilliance of the preceding music."
-- Dominy Clements, MusicWeb International Read less
I can't believe Archive's rating of this!!January 1, 2012By Paul G. (Tipp City, OH)See All My Reviews"This "rendition" of Chopin's Opus 10 and Opus 25 is a travesty on everything Chopin stood for, but then people like Ohlsson, Lang Lang, and Pletnev, all fall into the same category. All they care about is making something that is so unique and individualistic that they couldn't care less what it does to the great works which they are supposed to interpret. If you want to hear the beauty and greatness of these Etudes, listen to Louis Lortie. Frankly, I am getting sick of this prostitution of great music for the small purposes of the "Artist." This same phenomenon is also going on in the highest places in government. Who care's what is right and just--simply make your mark! In case anyone is wondering I started listening to the Etudes when I was an infant. I know every one of them, note by note!!"Report Abuse