A couple of weeks ago I heard about this CD on NPR. Gabriela Montero Bach and Beyond. She improvises on Bach. I liked what I heard so I went to Barnes and Noble to see if they had it. They didn't have it and had to order it and then I found out that they would have to burn one for me. Today it came in. I haven't listened to much of it but so far I like it.
The odd thing is that if you know the theme and are familiar with a piece then it might be a problem. I don't think it will be for me as it is so well recorded and I haven't listened to enough of it yet to know. I know that I can listen to the same classical piece performed by two different people and I'll like one and not the other because I'm used to hearing something played a certian way. But it has to be really familiar.
When I was a little kid my mom used to play the piano after my sister and I went to bed. One of the things she would play was Chopin Etude No.3 in E major Op. 10 (you'd probably know it if you heard it) I got used to the way she played it, and it bothers me if someone goofs around with it too much.