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David DeBoor Canfield
Fanfare, November 2017

…[Scinardo] has an impressive technique. The most difficult portions of Pictures, such as the concluding run of “Gnomus” or the jumping parallel octaves of “Baba-Yaga,” he tosses off with sure-handed aplomb.

The shorter pieces, with much less competition are very competitive: Scinardo offers a most wistful and nostalgic reading of Une larme (A Tear), a skillful bringing out of the implied melody through the many notes of The Seamstress, a well-considered balance of tempos between the contrasting sections of Kinderscherz—the middle section really sparkles—and an exuberantly playful ending of “The First Punishment.” © 2017 Fanfare Read complete review



James Harrington
American Record Guide, September 2017

Pictures at an Exhibition is fairly common these days, both on recordings and in concert. I most enjoy performances that follow the printed score closely, and Scinardo comes through here with flying colors. Extremes of tempo or dynamics are not necessary in pursuit of a unique individual interpretation. This is a work where some pianists and editors have made significant alterations to the original (no one more than Horowitz). …Scinardo does very well with the original material at hand. He has a wide range of touches, and most notable is a legato that I rarely hear in this work. He does not lose the rather rough-edged nature of Mussorgsky’s piano writing. His tempos in ‘Gnomus’ are notable. Mussorgsky marks at least 10 changes in two pages of music, and Scinardo’s Gnome is a sneaky, unpredictable little spirit.

Scinardo invests his creative and interpretive skills on all of the small works, making them a pure joy to travel through. © 2017 American Record Guide Read complete review on American Record Guide



Jerobear
Review Corner, July 2017

This work not only offers a refreshing take on [Pictures At An Exhibition] but shows how Modest originally wrote it, full of fire and energy. Italian pianist Giacomo Scinardo plays powerfully and enunciates every note, despite its technical difficulty.

The other thing about it is that it’s just really cool. Scinardo smoulders like a boy band star on the sleeve, whose black and white design looks good. The recording/production has something modern about it, and sounds crisp, and the music has a modern feel. © 2017 Review Corner Read complete review




Remy Franck
Pizzicato, June 2017

[Giacomo Scinardo] proves an intelligent performer, caring for a personal approach with rhythmic and color peculiarities as well as differentiated moods. © 2017 Pizzicato





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