The first of two piano duets from 1991, Canzonetta was written for the parents of Valentina Pagni, wife of Andrea Lucchesini. The latter would become Berio's "pianist of choice," with whom he worked closely on the major Sonata per pianoforte solo. This brief duet (duration under one minute) would appear on the album Piano Music of Luciano Berio, recorded by Lucchesini and Pagni. For advanced pianists. Dur. 0'50"
These two short works (UE 36039, UE 36040) by one of the leading composers of our time are full of atmosphere in a complex sound-world. Both works are extremely short and minimalist but, within the 19 or so bars of each piece, lie many rhythmic complexities needing to be pieced together by both players. (…) Piano Journal (NL) 10/2013