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The pianist herself refers to this disc as ‘a water album with lots of old world charm’. It is beautifully recorded, a facet that really illuminates Oltmanns’s subtleties – in the Debussy in particular. The Haydn is interesting in its deliberately gruff first movement and in the way the expressivity of the slow movement foreshadows Beethoven, Oltmanns’s low-pedal approach paying fine dividends. If there are finer Venices of Venezia e Napoli (try Lazar Berman), Naples is much better, with terrific trills and a nice light touch. Actually, the finest performance is of the Beethoven Bagatelles, the A major and C major being the clear highlights.

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