Amadeus - 5 stars
"He wasn't looking for a heir, he wanted me to be myself". This words where the conclusion of an interview I had with Gabriele Carcano over a year ago. The most important teaching that Aldo Ciccolini left him was to indicate the way to be himself. Disciple for six years of the great maestro disappeared in 2015, the 31 years old, Turin born, would actually have all the qualities to be his successor, considered the fact that not only he absorbed his teaching but they also performed together. But that would be doing wrong to him (even though the fact that for the young pianist this would be an injustice might sounds like a sort of paradox, considered the stature of such a guru). The reality is, seeing this remarkable recording, that Carcano has indeed found his way. And it's a personal one. Starting from the choice of the repertoire, featuring a young impetuous Brahms in his 20s that with his third Sonata (the last he composed) has already in mind an orchestra and an intense writing that would lead to other paths. Carcano excels in extricating the writing and pacing the urgency of the music. The highlights are the lyrical moments that, in the Variations op. 9, will expand into enrapturing rhapsodic moment in this fascinating interpretation" - Nicoletta Sguben
"An interpretation exalting Brahms" - Angelo Foletto.
"The fascinating program, the wonderfully controlled sound, yet passionate and alive, win the listener's attention from the first hearing. Carcano has the courage to look straight at the innovative pianism, youthful and mature at once, of a composer that at twenty years old already understood to have finished the exploration of the romantic world contemporary to him. [...]
The result of a long gestation process and study, also in terms of character, Carcano's interpretation strikes for its beauty, pureness and mature richness of poetical inflections. "