Hardly any cycle of Piano pieces can match the magnetic attraction of Chopin#s #24 Préludes#, published in 1839. Schumann called them #sketches, beginnings of études, [...] ruins, stray eagle's pinions, all disorder and wild confusion#. Christoph Flamm has critically reevaluated the sources, bringing to light new readings of this well-known musical text. Hardy Rittner, a hammerklavier specialist and two-time winner of the ECHO Classic prize, who has recorded Brahms# Piano music and all of Chopin#s #Études# on period pianofortes, has supplemented Chopin#s fingering from a historically informed perspective. He also provides valuable notes on performance practice, especially with regard to pedalling, rubato, latent polyphony, legato and Chopin#s perception of sound. An aesthetically presented engraving and practical page-turns make this current edition indispensable for today#s scholars and performers.