The Guardian

Wed 2 May 2007

Berio - Piano Music - Andrea Lucchesini (Avie AV 2104)

It was for Lucchesini that he wrote the piano sonata that opens this disc, its 23 minutes showing flashes of fiery bravura amid bold contrasts unified, as was Berio's way, by a repeated single note.Before his death in 2003, Italian composer Luciano Berio befriended his young compatriot Andrea Lucchesini, a prime exponent of his concerto Echoing Curves .

It was for Lucchesini that he wrote the piano sonata that opens this disc, its 23 minutes showing flashes of fiery bravura amid bold contrasts unified, as was Berio's way, by a repeated single note. 'Sequenza IV' and 'Cinque variazioni' are among the other dozen short pieces played here with remarkable virtuosity, and amounting to most of Berio's output for solo piano.
AH