"Great performers know how to compel attention not simply through the power of their playing but also through the intensity of their listening. This is the secret of a magical piano recital of Chopin's Mazurkas, Nocturnes and Waltzes by the pianist Byron Janis, who doesn't so much interpret dance forms and the bel canto style as muse about them. This is the first new recording in many years by an artist whose brilliant career was cruelly shortened by arthritis. If Mr. Janis has, understandably, avoided the more technically demanding pieces in favor of the simpler ones, his command of their unique palette of wistfulness reveals the fingers and spirit of a master."

—Charles Michener