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Jerry Dubins
Fanfare, March 2017

Beginning with Brahms’s big-boned Third Piano Sonata, Carcano demonstrates the strong technique and physical stamina needed to take the score’s technical difficulties and sheer massiveness in stride. But Carcano is not all muscle and sinew; he’s not averse to showing us his softer side and of making himself vulnerable in the second and fourth movements’ delicate traceries, thus achieving that special alchemy unique to Brahms, who was at once the most manful of composers and the most feminine. Carcano’s Brahms is deeply thoughtful, moving, and fulfilling. © 2017 Fanfare Read complete review



Bruno Repp
American Record Guide, January 2017

All performances are sensitive, technically accomplished, and without mannerisms. © 2017 American Record Guide Read complete review on American Record Guide



Patrick Rucker
Gramophone, December 2016

The centrepiece of Turin-born Gabriele Carcano’s debut recording of early Brahms is the mighty F minor Sonata, Op 5. He brings an admirable clarity to Brahms’s thick textures in an objective reading that is more lyrical than heroic. A cool beauty pervades the slow movement and tensile elasticity characterises the Scherzo. Yet Carcano seems to hold the sonata at arm’s length, rather than fully inhabiting it. Intellect trumps passion in this relatively low-key approach, which will satisfy listeners who prefer an Apollonian Brahms, while frustrating others for whom dramatic intensity and spontaneity are key. © 2016 Gramophone Read complete review on Gramophone




Alain Steffen
Pizzicato, August 2016

Gabriele Carcano (*1985) proves an exciting Brahms performer. His playing has a virtuosity, a sense of character, an astringency and an emotionality which are quite outstanding. © 2016 Pizzicato





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