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Robert Maxham
Fanfare, May 2015

…a compelling reading of Pick-Mangiagalli’s works, the substantial sonata in particular. © 2015 Fanfare Read complete review



Elaine Fine
American Record Guide, March 2015

It is a joy to be introduced to Pick-Mangiagalli and these little-known works, recorded here for the first time, by such wonderful musicians. © 2015 American Record Guide Read complete review on American Record Guide




Stefano Pagliantini
Musica, February 2015

Once again nothing but praise is due for the intelligent performance by the Italian duo made up of the violinist Emy Bernecoli and the pianist Massimo Giuseppe Bianchi, who are to be appreciated for their captivating performance, suitably dense in the piano part, lyrical, elegant and with a penetrating tone in the violin part. © 2015 Musica




Michel Fleury
Classica, February 2015

Emy Bernecoli and Massimo Bianchi have instinctively found the broad eloquence and sustained lyricism required, and their generous approach outshines that of Fabio Pagioro and Massimiliano Ferrati (Brilliant) while it matches, in terms of brio and technical perfection, the benchmark performance of Tasmin Little and Piers Lane (Chandos). © 2015 Classica




Julian Haylock
BBC Music Magazine, December 2014

A fine performance of the Respighi, sensitive to its brooding soundworld, is invaluably coupled with Pick-Mangiagalli’s more tautly argued Sonata. © 2014 BBC Music Magazine



David Denton
David's Review Corner, November 2014

Ottorino Respighi’s brief foray into the genre of music for violin and piano has left the musical world with nothing of great value save for the Sonata in B minor. Returning to the concert repertoire in recent times, it is a score of sumptuous sounds with a duo of equal importance, the piano often carrying the thematic core of each movement. Around this the violin decorates with ecstatic beauty like a bird soaring on high. It is a three movement score of substance and lasting little short of half an hour, and continuing in the opening mood of rapt intensity, the central Andante here moves forward with more urgency than we have come to expect. Then to display his academic credentials we have a Passacaglia finale that sits uneasily with all that has gone before. Born in 1882, three years after Respighi, Riccardo Pick-Mangiagalli was an adopted son of Italy, having spent almost his mature life in Milan. Now largely remembered as the long serving director of the Milan Conservatory, where he had been a student, he was also a distinguished pianist and a much admired composer. Of his works for violin and piano they amount to a sonata, two salon pieces, and an arrangement of an Adagio by the 18th century composer, Giovanbattista Grazioli. The sonata, which dates from 1906 and largely written in the style of the 1880’s, is a likeable score that, once upon a time, would have been condescendingly described as the work of a kapellmeister. All four pieces are receiving their world premiere recordings, the sonatas of both composers testing the violin intonation high in the stratospheres, the disc sleeve telling us precious little about the two Italian performers, Emy Bernecoli and the pianist, Massimo Giuseppe Bianchi. © 2014 David’s Review Corner





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