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Nicely programmed so that two major Beethoven sonatas form the main course of the recital, those masterworks are prefaced by a Mozart piano sonata and appended by two Schubert Impromptus. The Mozart Sonata is K282, which begins with an expressive Adagio, nicely turned here; the Menuettos could have a touch more charm. Spanish pianist (and, elsewhere, conductor) Ardanaz plays with grace and fastidious ornamentation. The Waldstein is a young man’s reading, impetuous at times, at others not fully grasping the longer-range structure; the famous ‘glissandi’ are clumsy.

Ardanaz’s Op 110 is similar: the mystery of the first movement is missed, the fugal writing nondescript. The Schubert Impromptu D899/3 is again literal. The A-flat, D899/4 is better, more flighty. The recording is reasonable, if a little shallow.

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