[...] Mappamondo starts from silence, with the gentle stroking of a metal sheet, mysterious beating of the bass drum, followed by hesitating music with big gaps, displaying an unmistakable suggestive power. [...] In the final movement, the most beautiful one, the musical traveller turns out to be the composer Luigi Nono, who has come to San Michele for his last gasps.
Erik Voermans, Het Parool, 15 April 2004
[...] Richard Rijnvos is one of the brighter lights in Holland’s post-Andriessen generation: a composer whose focus is not on popular music, but instead on instrumental color. The first work [mappamondo] was new, receiving its third performance in only a few months. [...] I assumed the music would be rich — Rijnvos’ scores always are — and indeed, the final results are remarkably colorful, ever tempered by a joyful abundance of restraint. [...] Listening to [...] Fra Mauro, recite and sing the story of his life and his obsession with maps is almost mesmerizing, due not only to Rijnvos’ control, but also to the grandeur of [James] Cowan’s account. The magnificence of purely verbal imagery is overwhelming, yet the composer avoids histrionics. At 35 minutes, this is a major work that [Roland] Kluttig and ASKO [Ensemble] played with appropriate tenderness and affection. [...]
Dan Albertson, La Folia, January 2005