At times brilliant, at times disappointing, Eduardo Delgado's recital at Sunny Hills High School in Fullerton on Sunday surveyed a wide spectrum of piano music, with varying degrees of success.
To Ginastera's "Suite de Danzas Criollas," the pianist (from Argentina, like the composer) brought fire, passion and extraordinary rhythmic drive. He delivered melodic passages with uncommon lyricism and effortless fluency. He gave similarly propulsive, dramatic readings of three encores by the same composer; Schumann's "In the Evening," another encore, also received effective treatment.
Earlier, Delgado delivered an absolutely stunning performance of Granados' "The Maiden and the Nightingale" from the "Goyescas" suite. He combined a superb sense of nuance, fine contrasts and highly intelligent shaping of the piece with balance, clarity and accuracy.
He also shaped Chopin's Scherzo in B-flat minor, Opus 31, brilliantly, and, some technical errors notwithstanding, gave it an unyielding sense of direction. Four Chopin waltzes, however, suffered both from a lack of overall shape and a plethora of wrong notes.