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Cuban-American pianist Horacio Gutiérrez has never quite achieved the recognition his recordings suggest he might deserve. One hopes this release will turn the tide, for despite immense competition in this repertoire, Gutiérrez triumphs. The Chopin Préludes have a hall of fame that includes such luminaries as Pollini and Argerich. Gutiérrez has his own strengths: his sound is absolutely beautiful, his technique impeccable and his musical grasp of the cycle’s trajectory is beyond doubt.

The Schumann poses no technical challenges for Gutiérrez, even in the tricky skips; yet it is his interpretative mastery that once more shines through. The final movement is heard as one long, blossoming line and he finds a transparency of texture throughout. The recording and documentation are top class. Highly recommended.

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