Originally Posted by audiophilia
Rubenstein (the G minor Ballade IMO the greatest Chopin recording of all time
Many more. But these three are a good start.
I never understood the fuss over Rubinstein, and his Chopin especially is pretty boring. The masculine tone in his playing was a better match for Brahms and Beethoven, IMO.
I highly recommend Ingrid Fliter's "Live at the Concertgebouw" Chopin recital. It has an incredible Scherzo No. 2, probably my favorite, and a well-played F-minor Ballade, nocturnes (Op. 9, No. 3 and Op. 27, No. 2), and the F-sharp minor Polonaise. Booming technique and more important, very musical.
Someone remarked how Argerich's Chopin sounds too much like Rachmaninov. I don't see that at all. If you really want to get a dose of "Chopmaninov," try Grimaud.
I agree with the general consensus that Pollini is too cold and precise, albeit technically brilliant, but I guarantee you'll be moved by his recent DG recording of the Chopin nocturnes.